Griffey Ties Major League Record in Mariners' Win

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IApril 6, 2009

It was a picture-perfect moment, something that I'm sure most Seattle fans didn't expect to occur. Their hero, the legendary Ken Griffey Jr., hit his eighth career Opening Day home run in the fifth inning off of Twins' ace Franciso Liriano.

With this home run, Griffey is now tied with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson with eight career Opening Day blasts.  

With the sweetest swing in baseball history, Junior blasted his 612th career home run way over the right field wall in the Metrodome. The homer was also Griffey's 399th round tripper in a Mariners uniform.

The Griffey home run wasn't the only highlight that came out of the game.

M's ace Felix Hernandez pitched a gem. Hernandez threw eight innings of five-hit ball, giving up only one run and striking out six.

The Mariners' lineup produced six runs on six hits, with Franklin Gutierrez contributing two RBIs via a two-run homer in the sixth, and Jose Lopez leading the way by knocking in three of his own.

The M's hope that Griffey can keep his bat going along with the rest of the lineup but, more importantly, can Felix Hernandez consistently maintain what he had on the mound today?

Only time will tell but, overall, it was a good moral victory for all included.

Quick note—today was the 28th and last home opener for the Metrodome. Good to see Junior close it our correctly.