Jays' Johnson out-duels King Felix in Seattle shocker

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson delivers a pitch against the Seattle Mariners...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson delivers a pitch against the Seattle Mariners during American League action in Seattle August 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Emily Rasinski)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:23 AM ET

Years ago, a pitcher named Joaquin Andujar uttered one of those baseball malapropisms that just never gets old.

“In baseball,” said Andujar, “there’s only one word: Youneverknow.”

He was, in his own mangled way, right then and still right today.

Case in point: Josh Johnson versus Felix Hernandez, Tuesday night, Safeco Field.

Johnson came into the game with his record and his confidence in tatters, having allowed 26 runs in his last 16 innings over four starts, getting shelled almost every time he’s taken the ball.

Hernandez came in with an 11-4 record, leading the American League in earned-run average at 2.30, and having won his last six decisions.

Of course, you know where this is going.

Johnson came out of his funk in a big way, pitching five shutout innings. Hernandez came off the rails in an equally big way.


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