Upcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:
|Sunday, 6/14||11:10 am||@HOU||LHP Roenis Elias (3-3, 2.79)||RHP Lance McCullers (2-1, 2.32)|
|Monday, 6/15||7:15 pm||@SF||RHP Taijuan Walker (3-6, 5.40)||RHP Tim Hudson (4-5, 4.60)|
|Tuesday, 6/16||12:45 pm||@SF||LHP J.A. Happ (3-2, 3.72)||RHP Tim Lincecum (6-3, 3.33)|
|Wednesday, 6/17||7:10 pm||SF||RHP Felix Hernandez (9-3, 3.38)||LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-3, 3.16))|
|Thursday, 6/18||7:10 pm||SF||LHP Mike Montgomery (1-1, 1.89)||RHP Ryan Vogelsong (4-5, 4.81)|
Today’s Game Notes (also attached as PDF):
AS YOU KNOW…starter Mike Montgomery earned his first career win yesterday and joined Bob Stoddard as the only Mariners starters to toss at least 6.0 innings and allow 2 runs or less in each of his first 3 career starts…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…Montgomery’s 1.89 ERA is the 6th-lowest ERA by a Mariners starting pitcher over his first 3 career starts?…he trails only 1. Felix Hernandez, Aug. 4-15, 2005 (0.86, 2ER, 21.0 IP), 2. Bryan Clark-May 3-13, 1981 (1.16, 3 ER, 23.1 IP), 3. Enrique Romo-April 7-17, 1977 (1.72, 3 ER, 15.2 IP), 4. Rich DeLucia-Sept. 8-18 (1.80, 4 ER, 20.0 IP) and 5. Bob Stoddard-Sept. 4-15, 1981 (1.83, 4 ER, 19.2 IP).
TODAY’S TILT… the Mariners continue an 8-game, 3-city road trip today with the final of three games vs. the Houston Astros (0-1)…opened the road trip taking 2 of 3 from the Indians…also travel to San Francisco (2 G) during the fourth road trip of the season…open an 8-game homestand Wednesday vs. San Francisco (2 games), Houston (3 games) and Kansas City (3 games)…today’s game will be televised in the Mariners TV market on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle/97.3 FM and the Mariners Radio Network.
ODDS AND ENDS…have won 3 of 5, but have lost 11 of 19, 12 of 22, 14 of 25…season-high 4-game winning streakMay 8-12…27-30 record vs. AL teams, and 1-4 in Interleague play…7-10-2 in series played, including 6 rubber games (2-4)…played 27 of 62 games vs. the AL West (14-13 record)…4th place in AL West (6.5 back of Houston).
- Close Games – Lead MLB with 42 of 62 games decided by 2 or fewer runs (15-12 in 1-run games).
- Extra Innings – Mariners lead the AL with 9 extra-inning games (4-5).
- Iron Man – Kyle Seager has played in 188 consecutive games, 2nd-longest active streak in MLB.
- Long Stretch – Seattle is in game 32 (13-17) of 42 games in 44 days.
- Cruz vs. LHP – Nelson Cruz is hitting .462 (18×39) with 6 HR vs. LH pitchers this season.
- Furbush – Charlie Furbush has held opponents scoreless in 22 of 24 appearances (1.69 ERA).
- Two is better than one – Seth Smith (6th/17 2B), Robinson Canó (7th/16 2B) and Kyle Seager (T10th/14) all rank in the AL top 10 in doubles…one of two AL team with 3 players in the top 10 (CLE-3).
- Low(e) ERA – Mark Lowe has a 0.51 ERA (1 ER, 17.2 IP) in 15 appearances this season.
LOOKING BACK…the Mariners snapped a 20.0 scoreless inning streak with 5 runs in the top of the first inning and went on to defeat the Astros 8-1 on Saturday afternoon…the 5-run first inning was a season-high for runs in an innings and marked the first time since Sept. 19, 2014 at Houston that the Mariners scored at least 5 runs in an inning (7 runs in the 4th inning)…all 9 players in the Mariners starting lineup reached base safely, including 8 players with hits and 5 players with multi-hit contests…is the second time this season the Mariners have had 5 players record 2 or more hits in a single game (also: 6/2 vs. NYY).
HOUSTON WE HAVE LIFTOFF…Logan Morrison recorded his third career multi-home run game yesterday (also: 6/23/14 vs. BOS & 9/25/14 at TOR), going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored and a career-high tying 5 RBI (also: 6/19/12 at BOS w/MIA)…Morrison snapped a 106 at-bat homerless streak, the second-longest drought of his career, with a first-inning home run, and he then hit another homer in his next trip to the plate…Morrison is the second player this season to end a homerless streak of 100-plus at-bats and then homer again in his next at-bat, joining Delmon Young-BAL on May 31 vs. TB.
EXTRA! EXTRA!…Seth Smith ranks 6th in the American League with 17 doubles this season…he is averaging 9.94 at-bats per double, which is the fewest at-bats per double in the American League and 3rd in the Majors…over his last 18 games, 12 of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases (10 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) and he’s drawn 8 walks…he has reached base safely via hit or walk 25 times in his last 18 games (17 hits, 8 walks)…since May 25, Smith leads the American League with 10 doubles (2nd in Majors), trailing on 11 doubles by Todd Frazier, CIN.
MAKING ORANGE JUICE…several Mariners have enjoyed success hitting at Minute Maid Park: Dustin Ackley (.352/25×71, 12 R, 6 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB), Nelson Cruz (.350/36×103, 14 R, 3 2B, 10 HR, 27 RBI, 6 BB), Logan Morrison (.347/25×72, 13 R, 5 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI), Robinson Canó (.346/27×78, 12 R, 5 2B, 3B, HR, 18 RBI, 6 BB), and Seth Smith (.316/25×79, 12 R, 6 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 BB) have all hit over .300 in Houston…Cruz is averaging a HR every 10.94 AB vs. the Astros in his career, while his .629 slugging percentage is the 7th-highest vs. the Astros all-time (min. 150 PA).
STREAKING IN H-TOWN…Logan Morrison has hit safely in each of his first 18 career games at Minute Maid Park, batting .347 (25×72) with 13 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 13 RBI, 8 walks and 1 stolen base…Morrison’s 18-game hitting streak is currently T2nd-longest all-time hitting streak at Minute Maid Park and 2nd-longest by a visiting player…he trails Joey Votto, CIN (23, 4/20-9/17/13), tied with Lance Berkman, HOU/StL (18, 7/26/10-5/12/13).
LOOKING AHEAD TO INTERLEAGUE PLAY…the Mariners travel to San Francisco tomorrow to face the 2014 World Series Champion Giants in a two-game series, before returning home host San Francisco in a pair of gamesWednesday-Thursday at Safeco Field…the Mariners lead the all-time series 14-11, including winning 11 of the last 14 games…tomorrow will be the first time the two teams face each other since a three-game series at Safeco Field, June 15-17…the Mariners have hosted San Francisco 11 straight games at Safeco Field, but will play their first series at AT&T Park since a three-game series, June 9-11, 2000…the Mariners are 1-4 in Interleague play this season (0-3 at LAD and 1-1 vs. SD), and 171-158 all-time in Interleague play…posted a .500 or better record vs. the National League in 12 of last 15 seasons (since 2000)…entering play today, the AL leads the 2015 season-series 48-41 (.539) and holds an all-time lead of 2,446-2,207 (.526) in Interleague Play.
BY THE NUMBERS…
TODAY IN MARINERS HISTORY (June 14):
- 1985 – The Mariners exploded for seven 5th-inning runs to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 13-5, collecting 15 hits in the process. Alvin Davis drove in four runs, while Gorman Thomas and Bob Kearney each drove in three runs.
- 1990 – The Mariners score three in the bottom of the ninth, all with two outs, to beat Chicago 5-4.
- 1993 – Randy Johnson fans 15 vs. Kansas City Royals in a 6-3 win.
- 2010 – Mariners played their debut game at the new Busch Stadium. They lost 9-3.
- 2013 – Mike Zunino hits his first MLB home run for the GWRBI in the Mariners 3-2 win at Oakland.
TOMORROW IN MARINERS HISTORY (June 15):
- 1984 – Rookie Mark Langston struck out 12 Texas Rangers (including a club-record seven straight), but failed to pick up a decision in the Mariners 4-3, 10 inning win.
- 1986 – The Mariners hit into the second triple play in their history. Ken Phelps flew out to LF Jeremy Hairston and Hairston threw to Catcher Carlton Fisk to cut down Alvin Davis trying to score from third. Fisk threw to 2B Julio Cruz to nail Jim Presley trying to advance from first on the play (7-2-4). Second inning.
- 1989 – The Mariners came back from an early 5-0 deficit to win, 9-5. Alvin Davis provided the big blow with his 6th career grand slam in the 6thinning. Jerry Reed, Dennis Powell, and Mike Jackson combined to shutout the Twins on two hit over 7.1 innings.
- 1991 – The Mariners take advantage of a club record 14 walks to stroll to a 15-2 win. They score seven runs without putting a ball in play on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch; four bases loaded walks; a run scoring wild pitch and a run scoring passed ball.
- 1993 – Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the sixth-youngest player all-time to reach 100 home runs when he takes Kansas City’s Billy Brewer deep in the Kingdome. The five youngest players are: Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Johnny Bench and Henry Aaron.
- 1996 – Dan Wilson’s two-out, two run double in the ninth sent the game to extra innings. Brian Hunter hit the game-winning HR in the 12th for the 8-6 win vs. Chicago.
- 2000 – Mike Cameron collects his 1st career GSHR at Minnesota, going 4×5 with 5 RBI—matching a career high in RBI and setting a career high in hits.
- 2010 – With the Mariners playing St. Louis, it becomes the first time in 68 years that two players with at least 5,000 career at-bats and a career average of at least .330 faced each other (Ichiro, .333, Albert Pujols .332. The last pair to face off were Hall of Famers Joe Medwick (Dodgers) and Paul Waner (Braves) in 1942.
- 2013 – Henry Blanco hit a grand slam in his Mariners debut, the only scoring in a Mariners 4-0 win over the A’s as Felix Hernandez threw 7.0 scoreless innings. It was Blanco’s 2nd career grand slam, but first in 13 years, 34 days (5/12/2000). 5th-longest gap between grand slams in MLB history (since 1900).
- 2014 – Kyle Seager went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI on Father’s Day in a 5-1 win over Texas to snap a 5-game losing streak.