#119: Mariners Aim For 16th Series Win Wednesday

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by Sportspress Northwest Staff

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Posted on August 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

GAME:Rays (63-53, 3rd, AL East, - 6.0 GB) at Mariners (54-64, 4th, AL West, - 14.5 GB). GAME #: 119. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING: 10th (Rays lead 6-3). WHEN: Wednesday, 12:40 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (Tampa Bay, 7-7, 3.52) vs. RHPFelix Hernandez (Seattle, 10-5, 2.74). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Rays L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: ESPN 710 AM (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

The Mariners have won eight of their past nine games at Safeco Field and, with Felix Hernandez on the mound for the series finale with Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon, stand a good chance of improving the run. Although Hernandez is coming off a rough outing in Anaheim (five runs in 7.0 innings), over his past 10 starts he's 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA.

Fernandez made nine starts this year in which he has pitched at least 8.0 innings and allowed one run or less, including one against the Rays. Wednesday, he'll oppose Jeremy Hellickson, who is 7-7, but 3-1 in his past four starts. The last time Hellickson faced the Mariners, in April, he threw one-run ball over 7.0 innings as the Rays beat the Mariners 3-2.

A closer look at Wednesday's probable pitchers (Mariners are seeking their 16th series win):MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.74 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)

The 25-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, makes his 25th start and second against the Rays. An All-Star for the third time in his career, Hernandez had a no-decision against Tampa Bay April 20 in a game won by the Rays 3-2. Hernandez has won six consecutive decisions and hasn’t lost since June 12 against San Diego, but is coming off a poor outing, a 6-5 loss to the Angels in which he took a no-decision after allowing four earned runs.

A native of Valencia, VZ., the 6-3, 230-pound Hernandez was signed as a non-drafted free agent July 4, 2002 by Seattle scout Bob Engle.

Hernandez made his major league debut Aug. 4, 2005, absorbing a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, in a game in which Hernandez allowed one earned run and fanned four.

Hernandez is a three-time American League All-Star (2009, 2011, 2012) and won the American League Cy Young award in 2010, when he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA.

Hernandez has worked into the seventh inning in 15 of his 19 starts and into the eighth inning eight times. Hernandez has four wins and two no-decisions in his past six outings after not winning in four starts dating to May 21.

Hernandez has allowed two or fewer runs in a game 14 times and has struck out 10 or more batters in a game four times.

Hernandez has a career record of 95-72, 3.19 in 229 starts.

  • LAST START: Aug. 10 at Anaheim, took a no-decision in Seattle's 6-5, walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels; four earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; three strikeouts, one walk, one home run; 104 pitches, 65 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. RAYS: April 30 at Tropicana Field, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss when Brandon League blew the save and game; one earned run on five hits; nine strikeouts, four walks, no home runs; 107 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • CAREER VS. RAYS: 3-2, 2.28 ERA in 10 starts covering 75.0 innings; 76 strikeouts to 26 walks; 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings; 0.90 WHIP; four home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 49-32, 3.12 ERA 113 starts covering 781.0 innings; 741 strikeouts to 222 walks; 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings; 63 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: B.J. Upton (3-for-28, .107 BA), Matt Joyce (1-for-9, .111 BA), Ben Zobrist (3-for-22, .136 BA), Carlos Pena (2-for-14, .143 BA), Jose Molina (2-for-13, .154 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Sam Fuld (2-for-4, .500 BA),Evan Longoria (6-for-16, .375 BA)
  • CURRENT RAYS VS. HERNANDEZ: 27-for-157, .172 BA, no home runs, 50 strikeouts.
Felix / 2012

  • March 28 (ND, 0-0): Pitched well enough to win season debut, but the Mariners and A’s battled through a 1-1 tie until the 11th when Seattle pushed across two runs to win 3-1, a Tokyo Dome contest that featured a home run and two RBIs by Dustin Ackley and a 4-for-5 performance by Ichiro.
  • April 7: (W, 1-0): Didn’t have best stuff — allowed six earned runs on eight hits over 6.1 IP — but 13 hits, 3 by Chone Figgins, staked him to a 6-0 lead.
  • April 13 (L, 1-1): Allowed two earned runs on seven hits over 7 IP, but lost to Bartolo Colon and the A’s 4-0; fanned six and walked two in a 107-pitch effort that included 69 strikes; had an equal number of ground ball and fly ball outs, 10.
  • April 19 (ND, 1-1): Gave up five hits and no runs in 8.0 innings vs. Cleveland at Safeco Field; had 12 strikeouts and one walk; Brandon League relieved and sustained a blown save and the 2-1 loss.
  • April 25 (W, 2-1): Defeated Detroit 9-1 at Comerica Park; allowed one earned run on four hits over 7.0 innings; three walks in the first inning.
  • April 30 (ND, 2-1) Took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay when Brandon League blew the save and game; allowed one earned run on five hits over 8.0 innings; fanned nine and walked four; threw 106 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 5 (W, 3-1): Beat Twins 7-0; allowed one hit over 8.0 innings, struck out nine and walked two; threw 107 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 11 (L, 3-2): Lost 6-2 when Ibanez belted a three-run homer; allowed four earned runs on a season-high 11 hits; struck out seven, walked two.
  • May 16 (L, 3-3): At Cleveland, lost 9-3; gave up eight earned runs on a season-high 10 hits in just 3.2 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 103 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • May 21 (W, 4-3): Defeated the Rangers 6-1; allowed one run on six hits over 8.0 innings; struck out seven, walked two and allowed one home run.
  • May 26 (L, 4-4): At Safeco Field, lost to the Los Angeles Angels 5-3; allowed five earned runs on 10 hits over 6.0 innings; struck out seven and walked one; allowed two home runs.
  • June 1 (ND, 4-4): At Chicago, took a no-decision in a 7-4 loss to the White Sox; allowed four earned runs on five hits over 4.0 innings and surrendered a season-high three home runs.
  • June 12 (L, 4-5): At Safeco Field, lost to Padres 5-4; allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 92 pitches, 56 for strikes.
  • June 23 (W, 5-5): At San Diego, defeated the Padres 5-1; allowed one earned run on six hits over 7.0 innings; struck out 10 and walked one; threw 94 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • June 28 (W, 6-5): At Safeco Field, defeated Boston 1-0; threw a complete game, five-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts and just one walk; threw a season-high 128 pitches, 84 for strikes.
  • July 3 (ND, 6-5): At Safeco Field, took a no-decision in 5-4 loss to Baltimore; allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings; struck out eight, walked none; 60 of 92 pitches for strikes.
  • July 14 (W, 7-5): At Safeco Field, defeated Texas 7-0; three hits over 9.0 innings, fanned 12 and did not walk a batter; threw 107 pitches, 74 for strikes.
  • July 19 (W, 8-5): At Kauffman Stadium, defeated the Royals 6-1; one earned run on eight hits over 8.0 innings; struck out three and walked one, getting most of his outs on ground balls; threw 89 pitches, 65 for strikes.
  • July 24 (W, 9-5): At Safeco Field, defeated the New York Yankees 4-2; two earned runs on four hits over 7.1 innings; struck out four, walked three; one home run.
  • July 29 (ND, 9-5): At Safeco Field, took a no-decision in a 7-6 Seattle win; two earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; struck out six, walked two; threw 117 pitches, 72 for strikes.
  • Aug. 4 (W, 10-5): At Yankee Stadium, defeated the Yankees 1-0 with a complete-game two-hitter; struck out six, walked two; 101 pitches, 69 for strikes.
  • Aug. 10 (ND, 10-5): At Anaheim, took a no-decision in Seattle's 6-5, walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels; four earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; three strikeouts, one walk, one home run; 104 pitches, 65 for strikes.
RAYS: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.52 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)

The 25-year-old Hellickson, in his third major league season, all with Tampa, will make his his 22nd start and second against the Mariners. Hellickson took a no-decision against the Mariners April 30 in a game won by Tampa Bay 3-2, and is coming off a 12-6 win over the Minnesota Twins Aug. 10.

A native of Des Moines, IA., 6-1, 190-pound Hellickson was signed by the Rays in the fourth round of the 2005 amateur draft.

He pitched in 109 minor league games in the Tampa system from 2005-10, and made his major league debut Aug. 2, 2010, earning a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins (allowed two runs on three hits over 7.0 innings).

Hellickson went 4-0, 3.47 over the balance of the 2010 season, and then went 13-10 2.95 in 29 starts for the Rays in 2011. He had two complete games and one shutout.

Hellickson pitched his best game May 13 at Tropicana Field, defeating Baltimore 3-0. In a complete game, Hellickson struck out three and walked one, allowing just four hits, only one for extra bases.

Hellickson won the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year award (he led the league in fielding percentage by a pitcher), earning 73 percent of the votes. Iin the same balloting, Michael Pineda, then of the Mariners, and Dustin Ackley, finished fifth and sixth.

Hellickson has a career record of 24-17, 3.20 ERA.

  • 2012: Hellickson has pitched into the seventh inning in only seven of his starts and has allowed three earned runs or fewer runs 17 times. He had his best start April 8, when he threw a three-hitter over 8.2 innings in defeating the Yankees 3-0. Hellickson has been shelled (5+ runs) twice, notably against the Mets June 14 when he coughed up eight earned runs.
  • LAST START: Aug. 10 at Minnesota, won 12-6; three earned runs on five hits in 7.0 innings; three strikeouts to two walks, one home run; 98 pitches, 63 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: April 30 at Tropicana Field, took a no-decision in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory; seven strikeouts and no walks; 97 pitches, 68 for strikes.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: Hellickson has never lost to the Mariners, going 3-0 in four starts with an 0.92 ERA over 29.2 innings; Mariners have yet to hit a home run.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 2-0, 1.26 ERA in two starts covering 14.1 innings; six strikeouts to two walks; 3.8 strikeouts per nine innings; no home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Jesus Montero (0-for-6, .000 BA), Chone Figgins (1-for-9, .125 BA), Kyle Seager (1-for-6, .167 BA), Dustin Ackley (2-for-9, .222 BA), Miguel Olivo, 2-for-9, .222 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Trayvon Robinson (1-for-2, .500 BA), Mike Carp (2-for-7, .286 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. HELLICKSON: 17-for-79, .215 BA, one home run, 19 strikeouts.
AL WEST STANDINGS

TeamWLPct.GBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
Rangers6748.583--36-2231-265-5Lost 2
Athletics6154.5306.034-2627-284-6Lost 2
Angels6156.5217.032-2529-314-6Won 1
Mariners5464.45814.526-3028-344-6Won 1
MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT HOME STAND: Three vs. Tampa Bay Rays Monday-Wednesday; three vs. Minnesota Twins Friday-Sunday; three vs. Cleveland Indians Aug. 20-22.
  • HOME STAND PROMOTIONS: 35th Anniversary First Pitches: Bob Wolcott, who made MLB debut in a Mariners jersey in 1995, will throw out first pitch Saturday. Wednesday -- Day Camp Day and pre-game parade. King’s Court will be in session as Felix Hernandez takes the mound. For $30, fans will get a ticket in a special section, a King Felix T-shirt and a ‘K’ card. Tickets: Mariners.com/Felix. Peanut–Controlled Area Night: No peanuts will be allowed in a reserved area—sections 313, 314 and 315 in the view level boxes. Tickets are heavily discounted at $11 View Box Seating (normally $30). For tickets visit mariners.com/nopeanuts . . . Senior Special Day: Fans 60 and over receive $5 off select View Level seats or $10 off select Main Level seats. Available at the Safeco Field box office and Mariners Team Stores with a valid ID. One ticket per senior per game . . . Grand Slam Family Package Day: Fans can get a ticket, hot dog and Pepsi as low as $15 per person for families of 4-12 thanks to Safeco Insurance.
  • MARINERS VS. RAYS: Mariners are 75-59 all-time vs. the Rays, including 34-28 at Safeco Field. Mariners played a four-game series at Tropicana Field April 30-May 3 and lost all; played a three-game series at Tropicana Field July 20-22 and won two. Mariners last swept a three-game series from Tampa at Safeco Field Aug. 7-9, 2006. Tampa last swept Seattle at Safeco Field May 4-6, 2010.
  • LOG: Seattle's walk-off win (Eric Thames winning hit) was its fifth such victory of the season and snapped Tampa Bay's seven-game winning streak . . .Thames was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts when he produced his walk-off hit. It was the first walk-off hit of Thames' career . . . Kevin Millwood, who took a no-decision Tuesday, struck out a season-high eight. But he received only one run of support, the sixth time this season he has been given one run or less. Millwood's quality start was his 11th of the season . . . Justin Smoak doubled on the first pitch he saw after his return to the Mariners from AAA Tacoma . . . Smoak returned to the Mariners after the club placed Mike Carp on the 15-day DL with a hip injury . . . Kyle Seager has hit safely in eight consecutive games . . . . Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 Tuesday, tying his career high for hits in a game . . . Michael Saunders, in a 2-for-37 slide, got Tuesday off . . . Due to conflicts with Seahawks football coverage, five more Mariners games will be broadcast on KTTH 770-AM instead of 710 ESPN Seattle: Aug. 18 and 24 and Sept. 9, 16 and 30.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 15, Split 2,Lost 21 . . . Sweeps: 4; Swept: 4 . . . Longest Win Streak: 7 (July 26-Aug. 1); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. AL East: 13-23; vs. AL Central: 16-12; vs. AL West: 17-19; vs. LAA: 4-6; vs. Oak:7-6; vs. Tex: 6-7; vs. NL West: 8-10; vs.Interleague: 8-10. . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 17.5, July 15 . . . Most Runs Scored: 21, May 30 at Texas (21-8); Most Runs Allowed: 11, April 9 at Texas . . . Walk-Off Wins: 5, May 7, first since Sept. 14, 2011 vs. New York, and first via a sacrifice fly (John Jaso) since Sept. 14, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (Jose Guillen); June 17 vs. San Francisco (Justin Smoak ninth-inning single); June 28 vs. Boston (Jaso ph ninth-inning single); June 30 vs. Boston (Chone Figgins sacrifice fly 11th inning); Aug. 14, vs. Tampa, Eric Thames ninth-inning single scored Figgins . . . Walk-Off Losses: 8, April 30 at Tampa Bay, Elliott Johnson, RBI single in 12th off BrandonLeague; May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th; July 6, at Oakland, Chris Carter 3-run walk-off homer off Steve Delabar; July 7, at Oakland, Josh Reddick run-scoring double off Oliver Perez in 13th; July 18, at Kansas City, Billy Butler, home run off Josh Kinney in bottom 9th; July 20, at Tampa Bay, Ben Zobrist double off Tom Wilhelmsen in bottom 14th; Aug. 7, Adam Jones 14th-inning single off Shawn Kelley in bottom 14th; Aug. 10, Josh Kinney wild pitched in the winning run (Bourjos) with the bases loaded in the ninth inning at Anaheim  . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 7; Times Shut out by Opponent: 11; Comeback Wins: 14; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 30; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Marinersrank 13th (AL) in runs (464),12th in hits (928), 12th in doubles (176), sixth in triples (21) and 13th in home runs (99) . . .Rank 13th in batting average (.232), 14th in on-base percentage (.293),14th in slugging (.360) and 14th in OPS (.653) . . . batting 217-for-879 (.247) with runners in scoring position after going 2-for-6 Tuesday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .286; Hits: Kyle Seager, 106; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 65; Home Runs: Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, 13; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 68 . . Batted around six times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th), May 29 at Texas (8th), May 30 at Texas (2nd and 3rd).
  • BATTING EXTRA: Longest Hitting Streak: Dustin Ackley, 13 games, May 3-17 . . . Four-Hit Games: Ichiro, March 28 vs. Oakland; Justin Smoak, April 17 vs. Cleveland; Jesus Montero, May 1 at Tampa; Kyle Seager, May 30 at Texas; Michael Saunders, June 2, at Chicago; Ichiro, June 19 at Arizona; Franklin Gutierrez, June 22 at San Diego . . .  Grand Slams (2):Michael Saunders, April 27 at Toronto; Alex Liddi, May 23 vs. Texas . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs (2): Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado; Miguel Olivo, Dustin Ackley, 8th inning, July 2, vs. Baltimore.
  • PITCHING: Mariners fourthin ERA (3.81), fifth in hits allowed (973), fourth in runs allowed (474), seventh in home runs allowed (126), thirdin walks (323) and fifth in strikeouts (870). . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 52; Starts: Jason Vargas, 25; Wins: Vargas 13; ERA: Hernandez 2.74; Complete Games: Hernandez 3 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 3; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 16.
  • DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20), Stephen Pryor (June 2), Carter Capps (Aug. 3).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (60-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Franklin Gutierrez (7-day, June 29, concussion); LHP Charlie Furbush (15-day, July 19, triceps).
  • EX-MARINERS VS. CURRENT MARINERS: April 19Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe's 2-1 win; April 28Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays, one earned run over 7.0 innings in 7-0 win; May 11, Raul Ibanez, Yankees, 3-run homer off Felix Hernandez in 6-2 win; May 12Raul Ibanez, Yankees, solo homer off Hector Noesi in 6-2 win; May 15, David Ortiz, Red Sox, solo homer off Blake Beaven in 5-0 Red Sox win; May 16, Shin-Soo Choo (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (2) and Jose Lopez (1) combined for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) had six of Cleveland's 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 win; July 4, Chris Tillman recorded first win of the year in a 4-2 Baltimore win by allowing two runs over 8.1 innings; July 13, Adrian Beltre two-run HR off Kevin Millwood in a 3-2 Texas win at Safeco Field; July 15, Beltre had three hits and two RBIs in a 4-0 Texas win over Seattle at Safeco Field; July 23, Four ex-Mariners played roles in beating the Mariners 4-1: Ichiro, traded 3 1/2 hours before the opening pitch, singled and stole his 16th base; Alex Rodriguez belted his 40th career home run at Safeco Field; Raul Ibanezhad an RBI single; Rafael Soriano notched the save; July 26, Soriano notched his 26th save in New York's 5-2 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field; Aug. 5, Raul Ibanez clubbed a three-run homer, Freddy Garcia won his 150th career game and Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 12 games as the Yankees defeated the Mariners 6-2; Aug. 6, Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth and defeated the Mariners 3-1 at Camden Yards; Aug. 7, Adam Jones walk-off single against Shawn Kelley in the bottom of the 14th gave Baltimore an 8-7 win over Seattle.
2012 RECORDS / MILESTONES

  • April 24: Catcher Miguel Olivo matched the franchise record  when he was charged with three passed balls in a 7-4 win at Detroit. Jerry Narron let three balls get by him Oct. 4, 1980, and Jeff Clement did likewise Aug. 10, 2008 (Clement was catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey).
  • April 27: Michael Saunders joined Donnie Scott (April 29, 1985) and Jimmy Presley (April 8, 1986) as the only Mariners to hit two home runs in a game in the ninth inning or later (solo homer in the 9th, grand slam in the 10th).
  • April 30: When both Miguel Olivo and Jesus Montero homered, it marked the first time in franchise history that two players had homered in the same game as a catcher.
  • May 2: Ichiro set a club record for most putouts by a right fielder in a nine-inning game, registering 10 in a 5-4 loss at Tampa.
  • May 3: The Mariners featured a lineup at Tampa Bay that included seven left- handed hitters and two switch-hitters. It marked only the third time in club history that the Mariners used an all left-sided lineup. Others: Aug. 13, 1983 at California and Aug. 9, 1983 at Oakland.
  • May 5: Combined one-hitter by Felix Hernandez and Steve Delabar vs. Minnesota was the 13th in Mariners history. Ten have been thrown by one pitcher, three combined. Most recent combined: Michael Pineda, Jeff Gray and Brandon League vs. Tampa, July 30, 2011. Most recent by one pitcher: Jarrod Washburn, July 6, 2009.
  • May 9: When John Jaso batted leadoff against Detroit, it marked the first time since 1978 that a catcher had hit first for the Marines (Bob Stinson). Oddly, lefty Jaso led off against Tiger lefty Drew Smyly.
  • May 8: Kevin Millwood's 2-0 shutout marked his first in nearly nine years. He did not surrender his first hit until there were two outs in the sixth. Millwood's gem marked only the fourth time in 1,440 games at Coors Field that an opposing pitcher held the Rockies to two hits or less while shutting them out. Millwood's complete game also was the first by a Mariner in 2012.
  • May 27: The pinch-hit grand slam allowed by Felix Hernandez to Alberto Callaspo marked just the sixth against the Mariners in 35 years, and the first since May 6, 1988 when Pat Sheridan of Detroit hit one off Mike Jackson.
  • May 30: Mariners defeated Texas 21-8, just the third time in franchise history they have scored 20 or more runs in a game. The Mariners, with 20 hits, became the first team since 1880 to score 20 runs in a game in the same season it also go perfect-oed.
  • June 8: Kevin Millwood and five relievers collaborated for the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at Safeco Field. Millwood (6.0), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2), and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0) tied the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (Houston vs. the Yankees June 11, 2003). It marked the third no-hitter in Mariners history.
  • June 18: Aaron Hill of Arizona hit for the cycle in the Diamondbacks' 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first (Hector Noesi), tripled in the third (Noesi), doubled in the fifth (Noesi) and homered in the seventh (Shawn Kelley).
  • June 19: Ichiro reached 2,500 hits (first-inning single) in the fourth-fewest games in major league history during a 12-9 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 2,500th hit came in his 1,817th game. Al Simmons had 2,500 hits in 1,784 games, Ty Cobb in 1,790 and George Sisler in 1,808 . . . When Kyle Seager and Brendan Ryan both hit three-run homers in the fifth inning, it marked the first time since July 30, 2003 vs. Detroit that the Mariners had a pair of three-run bombs in the same inning. In that July 30, 2003 game, John Olerud hit a three-run homer and Randy Winn a grand slam in the first inning.
  • July 1: One-time Mariner farmhand David Ortiz of the Red Sox hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning, giving Boston a 2-1 win over the Mariners.
  • July 3: In Seattle's 6-3 win over Baltimore at Safeco Field, The Mariners had three Japanese players in the starting lineup - Ichiro Suzuki,  Munenori Kawasaki and Hisashi Iwakuma - for the first time in major league history.
  • July 23: Mariners traded Ichiro, face of the franchise for 11 1/2 years, to the Yankees for two prospects and cash considerations. Ichiro made his debut against Seattle with the Yankees at Safeco field and went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec.HomeRoadDayNightvs. RHPvs. LHPHit HRNo HR
54-6426-3028-3414-2139-4535-4519-1935-2817-36
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg.HomeRoadRHROBPSLGOPSRISP
.232.208.24946499.293.360.653.247
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec.ERAIPRERHRBAOBPSLG
54-643.811061.0474448126.245.306.395
PROBABLE PITCHERS

DateDayOpp.Probable Pitchers
8/15Wedvs. TBFelix Hernandez (10-5, 2.74) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.52)
8/17Frivs. MinHisashi Iwakuma (3-3, 4.16) vs. Nick Blackburn (4-8, 7.33)
8/18Satvs. MinJason Vargas (13-8, 3.56) vs. Scott Diamond (10-5, 2.97)
8/19Sunvs. MinBlake Beavan (7-7, 5.17) vs. Samuel Deduno (4-0, 3.38)
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTSMarch (1-1)

Gm.#DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
13/28at OakW, 3-11-0W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)
23/29at OakL, 4-11-1W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)
April (10-12)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
34/6at OakW, 7-32-1W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)
44/7at OakW, 8-73-1W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)
54/9at TexL, 11-53-2W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)
64/10at TexL, 1-03-3W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)
74/11at TexW, 4-34-3W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)
84/12at TexL, 5-34-4W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1
94/13vs OakL, 4-04-5W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)
104/14vs. OakW, 4-05-5W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)
114/15vs. OakW, 5-36-5W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)
124/17vs. CleL, 9-86-6W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)
134/18vs. CleW, 4-17-6W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)
144/19vs. CleL, 2-17-7W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)
154/20vs. CWSL, 7-37-8W: Sale (2-1); L: Noesi (1-2)
164/21vs. CWSL, 4-07-9W: Humber (1-0); Beavan (1-2)
174/22vs. CWSL, 7-47-10W: Danks (2-2); L: Millwood (0-1)
184/24at DetW, 7-48-10W: Vargas (3-1); L: Scherzer (1-2)
194/25at DetW, 9-19-10W: Fernandez (2-1); L: Wilk (0-3)
204/26at DetW, 5-410-10W: Furbush (1-1); L: Porcello (1-2)
214/27at TorW, 9-511-10W: Furbush (2-1); L: Perez (2-1)
224/28at TorL, 7-011-11W: Morrow (2-1); L: Millwood (0-2)
234/29at TorL, 7-211-12W: Alvarez (1-2); L: Vargas (3-2)
244/30at TBL, 3-211-13W: Howell (1-0); L: League (0-2)
May (12-17)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
255/1at TBL, 3-111-14W: Moore (1-1); L: Noesi (1-3)
265/2at TBL, 5-411-15W: Shields (5-0); L: Beavan (1-3)
275/3at TBL, 4-311-16W: Niemann (2-3); L: Millwood (0-3)
285/4vs. MinL, 3-211-17W: Pavano (2-2); L: Wilhelmsen (1-1)
295/5vs. MinW, 7-012-17W: Hernandez (3-1); L: Marquis (2-1)
305/6vs. MinW, 5-213-17W: Noesi (2-3): L: Blackburn (0-4)
315/7vs. DetW, 3-214-17W: Delabar (1-0); L: Dotel (1-1)
325/8vs. DetL, 6-414-18W: Verlander (3-1); L: Millwood (0-4)
335/9vs. DetW, 2-115-18W: Vargas (4-2); L: Putkoen (0-1)
345/11at NYYL, 6-215-19W: Kuroda (3-4); L: Hernandez (3-2)
355/12at NYYL, 6-215-20W: Hughes (3-4); L: Noesi (2-4)
365/13at NYYW, 6-216-20W: Millwood (1-4); L: Pettitte (0-1)
375/14at BosL, 6-116-21L: Lester (2-3); L: Vargas (4-3)
385/15at BosL, 5-016-22W: Beckett (3-4); L: Beavan (1-4)
395/16at CleL, 9-316-23W: Jimenez (4-3): L: Hernandez (3-3)
405/17at CleL, 6-516-24W: Smith (4-1); L: League (0-3)
415/18at ColW, 4-017-24W: Millwood (2-4); L: White (0-3)
425/19at ColW, 10-318-24W: Vargas (5-3); L: Friedrich (1-1)
435/20at ColW, 6-419-24W: Beavan (2-4); L: Guthrie (2-2)
445/21vs. TexW, 6-120-24W: Hernandez (4-3); L: Darvish (6-2)
455/22vs. TexL, 3-120-25W: Harrison (5-3): L: Noesi (2-5)
465/23vs. TexW, 5-321-25W: Millwood (3-4); L: Feldman (0-2)
475/24vs. LAAL, 3-021-26W: Haren (2-5); L: Vargas (5-4)
485/25vs. LAAL, 6-421-27W: Isringhausen (1-0); L: League (0-4)
495/26vs. LAAL, 5-321-28W: Williams (5-2); L: Hernandez (4-4)
505/27vs. LAAL, 4-221-29W: Wilson (5-4); L: Noesi (2-6)
515/28at TexL, 4-221-30W: Harrison (6-3); L: Delabar (1-1)
525/29at TexW, 10-322-30W: Vargas (6-4); L: Feldman (0-3)
535/30at TexW, 21-823-30W: Beaven (3-4); L: Holland (4-4)
June (11-16)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
546/1at CWSL, 7-423-31W: Jesse Crain (1-0); L: Shawn Kelly (0-2)
556/2at CWSW, 10-824-31W: Wilhelmsen (2-1); L: Reed (0-1)
566/3at CWSL, 4-224-32W: Sale (7-2); L: Millwood (3-5)
576/4at LAAW, 8-625-32W: Vargas (7-4); L: Santana (2-7)
586/5at LAAL, 6-125-33W: Richards (1-0); L: Beavan (3-5)
596/6at LAAW, 8-626-33W: Kelley (1-2); L: Williams (6-3)
606/8vs. LADW, 1-027-33W: Pryor (1-0); L: Elbert (0-1)
616/9vs. LADL, 8-3-27-34W: Kershaw (5-3): L: Vargas (7-5)
626/10vs. LADL, 8-227-35W: Billingsley (4-4); L: Beavan (3-6)
636/12vs. SDPL, 5-427-36W: Richard (3-7); L: Hernandez (4-5)
646/13vs. SDPL, 1-027-37W: Marquis (3-5); L: Noesi (2-7)
656/14vs. SDPL, 6-227-38W: Volquez (3-6); L: Ramirez (0-1)
666/15vs. SFL, 4-227-39W: Vogelsong (6-2); L: Vargas (7-6)
676/16vs. SFW, 7-428-39W: Iwakuma (1-0); L: Lincecum (2-8)
686/17vs. SFW, 2-129-39W: Wilhelmsen (3-1); L: Romo (2-1)
696/18at AZL, 7-129-40W: Miley (8-3); L: Noesi (2-8)
706/19at AZW, 12-930-40W: Furbush (3-1); L: Putz (1-4)
716/20at AZL, 14-1030-41W: Cahill (6-5): L: Vargas (7-7)
726/22at SDPL, 9-530-42W: Richard (5-7); L: Millwood (3-6)
736/23at SDPW, 5-131-42W: Fernandez (5-5); L: Marquis (3-7)
746/24at SDPL, 2-031-43W: Volquez (4-7); L: Noesi (2-9)
756/25vs. OakL, 1-031-44W: Milone (8-5); L: Ramirez (0-2)
766/26vs. OakW, 3-232-44W: Furbush (4-1); L: Miller (2-1)
776/27vs. OakL, 2-132-45W: Parker (4-3); L: Iwakuma (1-1)
786/28vs. BosW, 1-033-45W: Hernandez (6-5); L: Atchison (2-1)
796/29vs. BosL, 5-033-46W: Cook (2-1); L: Noesi (2-10)
806/30vs. BosW, 3-234-46W: Kelley (2-2); L: Aceves (0-5)
July (15-11)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
817/1vs. BosL, 2-134-47W: Padilla (2-0); L: League (0-5)
827/2vs. BalW, 6-335-47W: Delabar (2-1); L: Hammel (8-4)
837/3vs. BalL, 5-435-48W: Day (5-0); L: Furbush (4-2)
847/4vs. BalL, 4-235-49W: Tillman (1-0); L: Noesi (2-11)
857/6at OakL, 4-235-50W: Norberto (1-1); L: Perez (0-1)
867/7at OakW, 7-136-50W: Vargas (8-7); L: Parker (5-4)
877/8at OakL, 2-136-51W: Norberto (2-1); L: Perez (0-2)
887/13vs. TexL, 3-236-52W: Holland (6-4); L: Millwood (3-7)
897/14vs. TexW, 7-037-52W: Hernandez (7-5); L: Darvish (10-6)
907/15vs. TexL, 4-037-53W: Harrison (12-4); L: Iwakuma (1-2)
917/16at KCW, 9-438-53W: Vargas (9-7); L: Sanchez (1-6)
927/17at KCW, 9-639-53W: Beavan (4-6): L: Verdugo (0-1)
937/18at KCL, 8-739-54W: Holland (4-2); L: Kinney (0-1)
947/19at KCW, 6-140-54W: Hernandez (8-5); L: Smith (0-1)
957/20at TBL, 4-340-55W: McGee (3-2); L: Wilhelmsen (3-2)
967/21at TBW, 2-141-55W: Vargas (10-7); L: Cobb (4-7)
977/22at TBW, 2-142-55W: Beavan (2-1); L: Moore (6-7)
987/23vs. NYYL, 4-142-56W: Kuroda (10-7); L: Millwood (3-8)
997/24vs. NYYW, 4-243-56W: Hernandez (9-5); L: Garcia (4-4)
1007/25vs. NYYL, 5-243-57W: Phelps (2-3); L: Luetge (1-1)
1017/26vs. KCW, 4-144-57W: Vargas (11-7); L: Mendoza (4-7)
1027/27vs. KCW, 6-145-57W: Beavan (6-6); L: Guthrie (3-11)
1037/28vs. KCW, 4-346-57W: Millwood (4-8); L: Chen (7-9)
1047/29vs. KCW, 7-647-57W: Perez (1-2); L: Mijares (2-2)
1057/30vs. TorW, 4-148-57W: Iwakuma (2-2); Romero (8-8)
1067/31vs. TorW, 7-249-57W: Vargas (12-7); L: Laffey (2-2)

August (5-5)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
1078/1vs. TorW, 5-350-57W: Beavan (7-6); L: Villanueva (6-1)
1088/3at NYYL, 6-350-58W: Sabathia (11-3); L: Millwood (4-9)
1098/4at NYYW, 1-051-58W: Hernandez (10-5); L: Kuroda (10-8)
1108/5at NYYL, 6-251-59W: Garcia (5-5); L: Iwakuma (2-3)
1118/6at BalL, 3-151-60W: Tillman (5-1); L: Vargas (12-8)
1128/7at BalL, 8-751-61W: O'Day (6-0); L: Kelley (2-3)
1138/8at BalL, 9-251-62W: Johnson (1-0); L: Millwood (4-10)
1148/10at LAAL, 6-551-63W: Frieri (2-0); L: Kinney (0-2)
1148/11at LAAW, 7-452-63W: Iwakuma (3-3); L: Haren (8-9)
1168/12at LAAW, 4-153-63W: Vargas (13-8); L: Weaver (15-2)
1178/13vs. TBL, 4-153-64W: Cobb (7-8); L: Beavan (7-7)
1188/14vs. TBW, 3-254-64W: Pryor (2-0); L: Rodney (2-2)
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1228/19vs. Min-----------
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1278/25at CWS-----------
1288/26at CWS-----------
1298/27at Min-----------
1308/28at Min-----------
1318/29at Min---------
1328/30at Min---------
1338/31vs. LAA---------

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