#144: Felix, Mariners Look To Broom Blue Jays

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by Sportspress Northwest Staff

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Posted on September 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

GAME: Mariners (69-74, 4th, AL West, - 16.5 GB) at Blue Jays (64-77, 4th, AL East, - 15.5 GB). GAME #: 144. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING: 9th (Mariners lead 6-2). WHEN: Thursday, 4:05 p.m., Rogers Center, Toronto. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (13-7, 2.67) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (8-12, 4.95) ERA). STREAKS: Mariners W 2; Blue Jays L 2. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: ESPN 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network

Felix Hernandez had a marvelous August, going 4-0, 1.08, which earned him the American League Pitcher of the Month award. But in two September starts, Hernandez has removed himself from Cy Young consideration by going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. He still has an opportunity to finish off another tremendous season, beginning with his 30th start Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Mariners and Blue Jays will meet for the final time in 2012 and Seattle has a chance  to sweep Toronto. Hernandez will oppose Henderson Alvarez, who gives up a lot of home runs, but has had some success against the Mariners: A closer look:MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (13-7, 2.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP)

The 26-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, makes his 30th start and first against the Blue Jays. Hernandez, the American League Pitcher of the Month for August when he went 4-0, 1.08, is coming off consecutive losses, including a 6-1 setback to the Oakland Athletics Sept. 7 at Safeco Field.

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 22 of his 26 starts and into the eighth inning 11 times.

Hernandez, who threw a perfect game vs. Tampa Bay Aug. 15, has allowed two or fewer runs in a game 17 times and has struck out 10 or more batters in a game five times. He is the American League leader in shutouts with five. He has thrown four 1-0 wins this season, the third pitcher since 1969 to accomplish that feat (also Ferguson Jenkins in 1974 and Bert Blyleven in 1976).

Hernandez has a career record of 98-74, 3.17 in 234 starts.

  • LAST START: Sept. 7 at Safeco Field, lost to Oakland 6-1; five earned runs on a season-high 11 hits in 4.2 innings; four strikeouts to one walk; 92 pitches, 62 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. BLUE JAYS: April 11, 2011, took a no-decision in Seattle's 8-7 victory at Safeco Field; seven earned runs on 12 hits in 6.0 innings; one home run.
  • CAREER VS. BLUE JAYS: 3-3, 4.37 ERA in eight starts covering 55.2 innings; 49 strikeouts to 20 walks; 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings; seven home runs.
  • AT ROGERS CENTER: 3-2, 2.66 ERA in six starts covering 44.0 innings; 41 strikeouts to 17 walks; four home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Adam Lind (1-for-13, .077 BA), Omar Vizquel (2-for-17, .118 BA), Edwin Encarnacion (2-for-10, .200 BA), Yunel Escobar (1-for-5, .200 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Yorvit Torrealba (3-for-9, .333 BA).
  • CURRENT BLUE JAYS VS. HERNANDEZ: 22-for-116, .190 BA, three home runs, 30 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.
  • Aug. 15 (W, 11-5): At Safeco Field, threw the first perfect game in Mariners history, the 23rd in major league history and the club’s third individual nno-hitter; fanned 12 (fourth most in a perfect game), no walks; 113 pitches, 77 for strikes.
  • Aug. 21 (W, 12-5): At Safeco Field, defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-1; one earned run on seven hits in 7.2 innings; five strikeouts to one walk; 105 pitches, 70 for strikes.
  • Aug. 10 (W, 13-5): At Anaheim, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 6-5 loss; four earned runs on five hits in 7.0 innings; three strikeouts to one walk; one home run.
  • Sept. 1 (L, 13-6): At Safeco Field, lost to the Angels 5-2; four earned runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings; seven walks to two strikeouts; 119 pitches, 86 for strikes.
  • Sept. 7 (L, 13-7): At Safeco Field, lost to Oakland 6-1; five earned runs on a season-high 11 hits in 4.2 innings; four strikeouts to one walk; 92 pitches, 62 for strikes.
BLUE JAYS: RHP Henderson Alvarez (8-12, 4.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP)

The 22-year-old Alvarez, in his second major league season, both with Toronto, will make his 28th start and second against the Mariners. Alvarez defeated Seattle 7-2 April 29 at the Rogers Center and is coming off a 7-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Sept. 7.

A native of Valencia, Venezuela., 6-1, 210-pound Alvarez was originally signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 2006. He pitched in 83 minor league games in the Toronto system from 2007-11, and made his major league debut Aug. 10, 2011.

Alvarez started that day against Oakland and came away with a no-decision after allowing three earned runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. He gave up one home run in Toronto’s 8-4 win.

Alvarez made 10 starts, compiling a 1-3 record and 3.53 ERA. He pitched his best game Aug. 31 at Baltimore, when he did not allow a run and only three hits over 8.0 innings in a 13-0 Toronto victory.

Prior to his call up to the big leagues, Alvarez spent part of the 2011 season with Dunedin of the Florida State League (A) and New Hampshire of the Eastern League (AA).

Alvarez has a career mark of 9-15, 4.55 ERA.

  • 2012: Alvarez has pitched into the seventh inning in 11 starts and has allowed three or fewer runs 14 times. He had his best game May 4 against the Angels when he threw a 4-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Angels. Alvarez has twice given up three home runs in a game.
  • LAST START: Sept. 7 at Boston, won 7-5; two earned runs on four hits in 6.1 innings; one strikeout, two walks, no home runs; 91 pitches, 61 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: April 29 at Rogers Center, won 7-2; one earned run on six hits in 6.0 innings; one strikeout, three walks, two home runs (Miguel Olivo, Chone Figgins).
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 1-0, 4.09 ERA in two starts covering 11.0 innings; four strikeouts and four walks; 3.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • AT ROGERS CENTER: 3-10, 4.80 ERA in 20 starts covering 123.2 innings; 59 strikeouts to 27 walks; 18 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: John Jaso (0-for-3, .000 BA), Alex Liddi (0-for-3, .000 BA), Dustin Ackley (1-for-6, .167 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Trayvon Robinson (1-for-2, .500 BA), Michael Saunders (1-for-2, .500 BA), Casper Wells (1-for-2, .500 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. ALVAREZ: 11-for-41, .268 BA, two home runs, five strikeouts.
AL WEST STANDINGS

TeamWLPct.GBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
Rangers8557.599--45-2540-327-3Won 2
Athletics8260.5773.042-3040-307-3Won 6
Angels7766.5388.539-3238-346-4Lost 3
Mariners6974.48316.536-3633-385-5Won 2
MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at Toronto (Tuesday-Thursday), three at Texas (Friday-Sunday).
  • MARINERS VS. BLUE JAYS: Mariners 171-189all-time vs. the Blue Jays, including 54-59 at Rogers Center. Mariners lost two of three in Toronto April 27-29 but swept a three-game series from the Blue Jays July 30-Aug. 1. Mariners last swept a three-game series at Toronto June 29-July 1, 2007. Blue Jays last swept Seattle in a three-game series in Toronto July 19-21, 2011.
  • LOG: The Mariners have defeated the Blue Jays five consecutive times and are 6-2 against Toronto this season . . . Kevin Millwood (6-12) has won consecutive starts for the first time since May. Millwood had been 1-6 in nine career starts against Toronto before earning a 3-2 win Wednesday . . . Tom Wilhelmsen now has 26 saves in 29 opportunities . . . Kyle Seager, who went 3-for-5 Wednesday, is 6-for-10 in the series against Toronto . . . When Miguel Olivo homered in the second inning, he became the sixth Mariners player with double-digit home runs -- the most for Seattle since 2007 -- joining Seager (18), Jesus Montero (15), Michael Saunders (14), Justin Smoak (14) and Dustin Ackley (10) . . . Manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday that Erasmo Ramirez, Tuesday's winner, would get one or two more starts . . . Hector Noesi, who started the season in the rotation before being demoted to AAA Tacoma, will probably start next against either Baltimore or Texas.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 21, Split 2,Lost 24 . . . Sweeps: 6; Swept: 6 . . . Longest Win Streak: 8 (Aug. 15-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . vs. AL East: 18-24;vs. AL Central:24-16; vs. AL West: 18-24; vs. LAA: 5-8; vs. Oak: 7-9; 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: 6, 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; Aug. 18 vs. Minnesota, John Jaso sacrifice fly in ninth inning . . . Walk-Off Losses: 9, April 30 at Tampa Bay, Elliott Johnson, RBI single in 12th off Brandon League; 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; Aug. 24, Paul Konerko double in ninth off Wilhelmsen . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 9; Times Shut out by Opponent: 12; Comeback Wins: 21; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 33; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 14th (AL) in runs (542), 14th in hits (1122),14th in doubles (202),eighth in triples (24) and11thin home runs (124) . . . Rank 14th in batting avererage (.233) . . . 14th in on-base percentage (.294),14th in slugging (.363) and 14th in OPS (.657) . . . Batting 255-for-1049 (.243) with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-11 Wednesday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .276; Hits: Kyle Seager, 131; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 78; Home Runs: Kyle Seager, 18; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 81 . . Batted around seven 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), Aug. 24 at Chicago (9th).
  • 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 (3): Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado; Miguel Olivo, Dustin Ackley, 8th inning, July 2, vs. Baltimore; Franklin Gutierrez, Kyle Seager, 3rd inning, Sept. 4, vs. Boston.
  • PITCHING: Mariners third in ERA (3.72), third in hits allowed (1173), third in runs allowed (561), fourth in home runs allowed (146), fifth in walks (396)and seventh in strikeouts (1031) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 65; Starts: Jason Vargas, 30; Wins: Vargas, 14; ERA: Hernandez 2.67; Complete Games: Hernandez 5 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 5; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 26.
  • 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), Luis Jimenez (Sept. 5).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (60-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle).
  • EX-MARINERS VS. CURRENT MARINERS: April 19, Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe's 2-1 win; April 28, Brandon 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 12, Raul 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.
  • Aug. 15: Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in major league history, defeating Tampa Bay 1-0 at Safeco Field. Hernandez recorded 12 strikeouts in throwing the third no-hitter in franchise history . . . Mariners became the first team in MLB history to throw a perfect game and have one thrown against them. It was also the first time two have been thrown in the same stadium in one season . . . Of the 22 previous perfect games, six were by 1-0 scores, the last by Roy Halladay May 29, 2010 at Florida. It was also the fourth 1-0 win for the Mariners this season . . .Hernandez became the second Latin American pitcher to do the deed (Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez for Montreal July 28, 1991, against the Dodgers).
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec.HomeRoadDayNightvs. RHPvs. LHPHit HRNo HR
69-7436-3633-3820-2448-5247-5222-2246-3321-41
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg.HomeRoadRHROBPSLGOPSRISP
.233.216.248542124.294.363.657.243
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec.ERAIPRERHRBAOBPSLG
69-743.721281.0561528146.244.305.389
PROBABLE PITCHERS

DateDayOpp.Probable Pitchers
9/13Thrat TorFelix Hernandez (13-7, 2.67) vs. Henderson Alvarez (8-12, 4.95)
9/14Friat TXHisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.39) vs. Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.14)
9/15Satat TXJason Vargas (14-10, 3.85) vs. Scott Feldman (6-11, 4.97)
9/16Sunat TXBlake Beavan (9-9, 5.01) vs. Matt Harrison (15-9, tonight)
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 (15-12)

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)
1198/15vs. TBW, 1-055-64W: Hernandez (11-5); L: Hellickson (7-8)
1208/17vs. MinW, 5-356-64W: Iwakuma (4-3); L: Blackburn (4-9)
1218/18vs. MinW, 3-257-64W: Wilhelmsen (4-2); L: Robertson (1-1)
1228/19vs. MinW, 5-158-64W: Beavan (8-7); L: Deduno (4-1)
1238/20vs. CleW, 5-359-64W: Furbush (5-2): L: Smith (7-4)
1248/21vs. CleW, 5-160-64W: F. Hernandez (12-5); L: R. Hernandez (0-2)
1258/22vs. CleW, 3-161-64W: Pryor (3-0); L: Pestano (3-1)
1268/24at CWSL, 9-861-65W: Reed (3-1); L: Wilhelmsen (4-3)
1278/25at CWSL, 5-361-66W: Jones (6-0); L: Beavan (8-8)
1288/26at CWSL, 4-361-67W: Jones (7-0); L: Millwood (4-11)
1298/27at MinW, 1-062-67W: Hernandez (13-5); L: Hendriks (0-7)
1308/28at MinW, 5-263-67W: Iwakuma (5-3); L: Diamond (10-6)
1318/29at MinL, 10-063-68W: Deduno (5-2); L: Vargas (13-9)
1328/30at MinW, 5-464-68W: Beavan (9-8); L: Duensing (3-10)
1338/31vs. LAAL, 9-164-69W: Haren (9-10); L: Millwood (4-12)
September (5-5)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
1349/1vs. LAAL, 5-264-70W: Santana (8-11); L: Hernandez (13-6)
1359/2vs. LAAW, 2-165-70W: Iwakuma (6-3); L: Weaver (16-4)
1369/3vs. BosW, 4-166-70W: Vargas (14-9); L: Buchholz (11-5)
1379/4vs. BosL, 4-366-71W: Lester (9-11); L: Beavan (9-9)
1389/5vs. BosW, 2-167-71W: Millwood (5-12); L: Cook (3-9)
1399/7vs. OakL, 6-167-72W: Griffin (5-0); L: Hernandez (13-7)
1409/8vs. OakL, 6-167-73W: Anderson (4-0); L: Iwakuma (6-4)
1419/9vs. OakL, 4-267-74W: Milone (12-10); L: Vargas (14-10)
1429/11at TorW, 4-368-74W: Ramirez (1-2); L: Morrow (8-6)
1439/12at TorW, 3-269-74W: Millwood (6-12); Romero (8-14)
1449/13at Tor---------
1459/14at Tex---------
1469/15at Tex---------
1479/16at Tex---------
1489/17vs. Bal---------
1499/18vs. Bal---------
1509/19vs. Bal---------
1519/21vs. Tex---------
1529/22vs. Tex---------
1539/23vs. Tex---------
1549/25at LAA---------
1559/26at LAA---------
1569/27at LAA---------
1579/28at Oak---------
1589/29at Oak---------
1599/30at Oak---------
October

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
16010/1vs. LAA---------
16110/2vs. LAA---------
16210/3vs. LAA---------

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