Livingston Gets First Triple-A Victory

TACOMA, Wash. - Bobby Livingston rebounded from a subpar Triple-A debut to stymie the heavy-hitting Tucson Sidewinders in the Rainiers 3-2 win on Thursday afternoon.

Livingston allowed just three hits and an earned run - a solo shot by the second batter of the game - but sailed through five innings, striking out six and walking just one.

"I felt a lot better today," said Livingston. "I was just throwing strikes and pitching ahead in the count."

The 22-year-old threw 82 pitches, 59 for strikes, and pounded the strike zone with all four of his pitches. Working the two-seamer in on the hands of the right-handed lineup, the southpaw induced six ground ball outs, including a key 5-4-3 double play in the top of the fifth, ending a bases loaded, no-out threat with the Rainiers clinging to a 2-1 lead.

Livingston was pulled after five in order to give Felix Hernandez enough work to reach the 50-pitch mark. Hernandez allowed a run on two hits in his three innings of work, striking out four.

"I didn't know until the end of the fifth," said Livingston of being removed from the game. "But I'm really happy with my game today."

Hernandez threw 52 pitches, 29 for strikes and had a scare in the top of the sixth inning when Sidewinders DH Scott Hairston lined a shot off Hernandez.

The right-hander picked up the ball and threw to first for the out, but was clearly in some sort of discomfort after the play.

The liner appeared to have carumed off the upper left chest or shoulder area of the M's top prospect, but it was unclear if the ace got a glove on the ball before it reached him.

"I'm fine, no problems," said Hernandez afterwards.

Of course, Hernandez stayed in the game and struck out four of the next seven batters he faced.

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