Brandon Moss said he saw something the other day he thought he’d never see.
He saw clips of Seattle starting pitcher Felix Hernandez getting ejected from a game.
It was a moon-as-green-cheese moment for Moss, who respects Hernandez as much or more than any starter in the game today.
“I have never seen Felix argue a call, much less get thrown out,’’ Moss said. “That just doesn’t happen.
“He’s so good he doesn’t care what a particular pitch is called. He knows he can always throw a strike with the next one. He can throw any pitch he wants any time.’’
Moss said that as much trouble as Hernandez has been for the A’s over the years, he’s a pitcher he both respects and relishes the chance to face.
“He’s a guy who loves to compete,’’ Moss said. “And you know he will always bring his `A’ game.’’
Early in the week Hernandez gave up a two-out, bases-loaded double to Tampa catcher Ryan Hanigan after having ump Mark Ripperger call a borderline pitch a ball. Hernandez began yelling in earnest at Ripperger after manager Lloyd McClendon had already removed him from the game, which Seattle won anyway.
Oakland has already seen Hernandez three times this year and won’t see the Mariners again until the weekend series before the All-Star Game in mid-July. The A’s have lost all three games Hernandez has started, although the last time out on May 7 they forced him out of the game and had the lead before the Oakland bullpen imploded.
Hernandez is 17-7 with a 2.64 ERA career against the A’s. That’s five more wins against Oakland than against any other big league team.