7-3 winners Friday, the Mariners finish their four-game series Saturday in Oakland before a rare Sunday off-day, then go to Texas for four games. Home opener is April 13.
GAME: Mariners (2-1, T3 AL West, 0.0 GA/GB) at Athletics (1-2, 4th AL West, 1.0 GB). GAME #: 4. SERIES: 3rd of 4 games. MEETING (2012): 4th (Mariners lead 2-1). WHEN: Saturday, 6:07 p.m., Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (Seattle, 0-0, 1.13) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (Oakland, 0-0, 0.13). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Athletics L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
One night after pounding out 13 hits in a 7-3 win over the Oakland A’s, the Mariners will hand the ball Saturday to staff ace Felix Hernandez (0-0, 1.13 ERA), who can give Seattle its first winning streak and first series triumph of the 2012 season.
Hernandez, who took a no-decision March 28 when the Mariners opened the season in Tokyo Japan, will oppose long-time veteran Bartolo Colon, who has a long record of success against the Mariners (see below), and is particularly difficult to hit at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.
Colon had little trouble handling their Mariners the last time they saw him, shackling the Seattle hitters on three hits over 8.0 innings in the season’s second game, also in the Tokyo Dome. Colon won that contest 4-1, defeating Friday night’s winning pitcher, Jason Vargas.
The Athletics, though, could do nothing with Hernandez when they last saw him. He allowed just one earned run on six hits. Tonight’s pairing:
MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (0-0, 1.13 ERA, 0.63 WHIP)
The 25-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, will be making his second start, both against the Athletics.
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.
He 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 two-time American League All-Star (2009, 2011) and won the AL Cy Young award in 2010, when he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA.
Hernandez brings a career mark of 85-67, 3.23 ERA into the game, and a career batting average against of .244.
ATHLETICS: RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 1.13 ERA, 0.50 WHIP)
The 38-year-old Colon, in his 15th major league season and first with the Athletics, will be making his second start both against the Mariners.
A native of the Dominican Republic., the 5-11, 267-pound Colon was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1993.
He made his debut with the Indians April 4, 1997, receiving a no-decision in an 8-6 loss to the California Angels. He allowed four runs on six hits.
Colon pitched for Cleveland from 1997-02, then was traded to the Montreal Expos in a deal that also involved former Mariner Cliff Lee (2010). Colon then pitched one year for the Chicago White Sox (2003), four years for the Angels (2004-07), a year with Boston (2008), another year with the White Sox (2009) and one year with the Yankees (2011). Colon did not pitch in 2010 due to injury.
A two-time All-Star (1998, 2005), Colon has won 20 or more games twice, with a best record of 21-8 in 2005. He led the American League in complete games in 2003 with 9.
Mariners 7, Athletics 3
AT OAKLAND (April 6): Jason Vargas (1-0) allowed just two runs over 5.1 innings — one a massive home run to A’s center fielder Yoenis Cespedes — and the Mariners (2-1) slashed 13 hits in defeating Oakland for the second time in 2012. Chone Figgins, Seattle’s new leadoff hitter who is trying to resurrect his career, had three of the 13 hits and drove in two runs in support of Vargas.
“Great re-opening day,” said Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan, who produced two hits and a walk. “It’s great to get re-started on a great note.”
Kyle Seager, who singled twice and drove in a pair of runs, sliced a two-run single to highlight Seattle’s four-run third inning against Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy. The Mariners added two more runs in the sixth off reliever Jordan Norberto.
Cespedes, a Cuban defector in his first season with the Athletics, belted a cutting fastball off Vargas that hit the second deck facade in left-center.
Five different Mariners hitters produced multi-hit games, including Figgins (3) and Dustin Ackley (3) at the top of the order and Michael Saunders (2) and Ryan (2) at the bottom.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|4/9||Mon||at Tex||Noesi (0-0, 0.00) vs. Darvish (0-0, 0.00)|
|4/10||Tue||at Tex||Beavan (0-0) vs. Feliz (0-0, 0.00)|
|4/10||Tue||at Tex||Millwood (0-0) vs. Lewis (0-0, 0.00)|
|4/10||Tue||at Tex||Vargas (0-0, 1.42) vs. Holland (0-0, 0.00)|
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Gm.#||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|1||3/28||at Oak||W, 3-1||1-0||W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)|
|2||3/29||at Oak||L, 4-1||1-1||W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|3||4/6||at Oak||W, 7-3||2-1||W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)|