Behind Hector Noesi, the Mariners snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday with a 4-0 win over Oakland and will conclude their series with the A’s Sunday beginning at 1:10 p.m.
GAME: Athletics (4-5, 3rd, AL West, -3.0 GB) at Mariners (5-5, 2nd AL West, -2.5 GB). GAME #: 11. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING (2012): 7th (Mariners lead 4-2). WHEN: Sunday, 1:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Graham Godfrey (Oakland, 1-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (Seattle, 0-1, 1.42). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Athletics L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
Behind Hector Noesi’s eight shutout innings and Jesus Montero’s first home run as a Mariner, Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday night, beating Oakland 4-0, and will look to win its second series of the season Sunday in the third of a three-game series against the Athletics.
The Mariners will start RHP Blake Beavan, who had a superlative, although losing, start against the Texas Rangers last week. Beavan will oppose RHP Graham Godfrey, who is coming off a tough loss to the Kansas City Royals.
The Mariners, idle Monday, host Cleveland in a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday series, followed by the Chicago White Sox Friday through Sunday. The Mariners then hit the road for series in Detroit, Toronto and Tampa.
A closer look at today’s starting pitchers:
MARINERS: RHP Blake Beavan (0-1, 1.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)
The 23-year-old Beavan, in his second major league season and second with the Mariners, will be making his second start of the season and the fourth of his career against the Athletics.
A native of Irving, TX., the 6-7, 240-pound Beavan was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (17th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.
Beavan made his major league debut July 3 against the San Diego Padres. He worked 7.0 IP, allowed three hits, two walks and one earned run in a 3-1 Seattle victory at Safeco Field.
Beavan became a Mariner July 9, 2010, when the Rangers traded him, along with Matthew Lawson (minors), Josh Lueke and Justin Smoak to Seattle for Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe and cash.
Beavan, who had 15 starts for the Mariners in 2011, has a career record of 5-7, 4.09 ERA and 1.239 WHIP.
Beavan In 2012
ATHLETICS: RHP Graham Godfrey (0-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Godfrey, in his second major league season and second with the Athletics, will be making his second start of 2012 and his first against the Mariners.
A native of Tampa, FL., the 6-3, 215-pound Godfrey was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 34th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
The Blue Jays traded Godfrey Nov. 7, 2006 with Kristian Bell (minors) to the Athletics for Marco Scutaro.
Godfrey toiled in the minor leagues from 2008 through the early part of 2011, stopping in Class A Stockton (California League), AAA Sacramento (PCL) and AA Midland (Texas League) before reaching the major leagues.
After compiling a 40-34, 4.12 minor league record (high of 14 wins in 2011), Godfrey made his debut with Oakland June 10, 2011, with a 4.1-inning stint against the Chicago White Sox in which he allowed nine hits and five earned runs.
Godfrey appeared in five games, which included four starting assignments. He had his most successful outing June 17, when he worked a career-high 7 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and collected the win in a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Graham, who attended Memorial High School in Houston and the College of Charleston, has a career record of 1-3, 3.77.
LAST START: Worked 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits, losing to the Kansas City Royals 3-0 at Oakland; faced 24 batters and threw 85 pitches, 54 for strikes; pitched effectively for the first three innings, then got into trouble in the fourth when he gave up both runs.
LAST VS. MARINERS: Never faced.
Mariners 4, Athletics 0
AT SEATTLE (April 14): Hector Noesi, brutalized in his first start as a Mariner last week in Texas, tossed eight shutout innings and Jesus Montero drilled a 415-foot home run and and a two-run double as the Mariners snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.
“It was cool,” Montero said. “It was exciting for me to hit a home run in this field. It’s a huge field. I was impressed.”
Noesi and Montero became Mariners over the winter in a trade that sent Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees.
“Hector did a great job of mixing all of his pitches, of using all of his pitches,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “He did a nice job when he was ahead but he did a nice job when he was behind, too. He was a complete pitcher out there. And Jesus did a great job of sticking his nose in there. He really stepped up for us an had a real nice game.”
Noesi allowed five hits, struck out six and walked just one in recording his first victory in a Seattle uniform.
“He pounded the strike zone,” Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki said. “He had it run a little bit, he threw changeups in there. He just threw very well.”
The Mariners had almost no offense to speak of aside from Montero, collecting only three singles and a double, that by Dustin Ackley. Cleanup hitter Justin Smoak went 0-for-3, his average dropping to .179.
“He has to get better with his plate discipline,” Wedge said of Smoak.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|4/15||Sun||vs. Oak||Beavan (0-1, 1.42) vs. Godfrey (0-1, 3.00)|
|4/17||Tue||vs. Clev||Millwood (0-0, 1.50) vs. Masterson (0-1, 2.77)|
|4/18||Wed||vs. Clev||Vargas (1-1, 3.44) vs. Lowe (1-0, 0.00)|
|4/19||Thr||vs. Clev||Fernandez (Friday) vs. Tomlin (0-1, 7.20)|
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)|
|4||4/7||at Oak||W, 8-7||3-1||W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)|
|5||4/9||at Tex||L, 11-5||3-2||W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)|
|6||4/10||at Tex||L, 1-0||3-3||W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)|
|7||4/11||at Tex||W, 4-3||4-3||W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)|
|8||4/12||at Tex||L, 5-3||4-4||W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1|
|9||4/13||vs Oak||L, 4-0||4-5||W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)|
|10||4/14||vs. Oak||W, 4-0||5-5||W: Noesi (1-1); L: Moline (1-1)|