Chone Figgins hit his first HR since Opening Day, 2011, Ichiro followed two batters later, and the Mariners cruised by Cleveland 4-1 behind Jason Vargas.
GAME: Indians (5-5, 3rd, AL Central, -3.0 GB) at Mariners (7-6, 2nd AL West, -3.5 GB). GAME #: 14. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING (2012): 3rd tied 1-1). WHEN: Thursday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Josh Tomlin (Cleveland, 0-1, 8.31) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (Seattle, 1-1, 3.80). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Indians L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
After Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Derek Lowe and the Cleveland Indians, which featured an improbable leadoff home run by Chone Figgins, the Mariners will attempt to win their third series of the season when they close out a three-game set with the Tribe.
Felix Hernandez (1-1, 3.80), who lost his last start against Oakland’s Bartolo Colon, gets the call for the Mariners, who begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox Friday before a road trip that takes the club through Detroit, Toronto and Tampa.
A closer look at Thursday’s starting pitchers:
MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-1, 3.80 ERA, 1.13 WHIP)
The 25-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, will be making his fourth start of the season and his first against the Indians.
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. He 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 has a career mark of 86-68, 3.25 ERA, and a career batting average against of .244.
Felix In 2012
INDIANS: RHP Josh Tomlin (0-1, 8.31 ERA, 1.62 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Tomlin, in his third major league season, all with the Indians, will be making his second start (third appearance) of the season and his first against the Mariners.
A native of Tyler, TX., Tomlin was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 11th round of the 2005 amateur draft, but did not sign. The Indians selected Tomlin in the 19th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Tomlin began his pro career at Mahoning Valley in the New York-Penn League (2006) and made his major league debut July 27, 2010, collecting a 4-1 win over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees (allowed one run on three its over 7.0 innings).
Tomlin made 12 starts in 2010, going 6-4, 4.56, and became a mainstay in Clevelands rotation in 2011, when he started 26 games, compiling a 12-7 record with a 4.25 ERA in 165.1 inniings.
Tomlins greatest asset is that he doesnt walk batters, issuing 21 in 165.1 innings in 2011. His 1.1 BBs per 9 innings pitched led the American League.
Tomlin has a career record of 18-12, 4.48 ERA.
Mariners 4, Indians 1
AT SEATTLE (April 18): Chone Figgins hit a leadoff home run, Ichiro followed with a homer two batters later, and Jason Vargas allowed one run on four hits over 7innings, leading the Mariners past Derek Lowe and the Indians in front of just 11,343 at Safeco Field — lowest home game in Safeco history.
Figgins’ home run was his first since Opening Day of the 2011 season and barely cleared the fence in right-center. It marked Figgins’ eighth career leadoff homer and was the first by a Seattle leadoff hitter not named Ichiro since Rickey Henderson went deep May 26, 2000.
“For some reason, Lowe’s ball was more running and not sinking,” Figgins said. “Usually it’s sinking straight down, and tonight it looked like it was kind of running. That makes it a little easier to hit; he’s tough as it is, anyways.”
The Mariners added a third run in the second when Jesus Montero drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk that scored Brendan Ryan from third. Seattle padded its advantage in the fourth when Dustin Ackley singled home Ryan from third. Ryan was aboard via his fifth walk in two days, and moved to third on a single by Figgins.
The Mariners chased Lowe, who pitched for Seattle briefly in 1997, after 4.1 innings, getting to him for four earned runs on eight hits.
“When it all settles in and these guys start to mesh together, we’re going to see more pitches, we’re going to draw more walks and strike out less,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
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
|4/19||Thr||vs. Clev||Hernandez (1-1, 3.80) vs. Tomlin (0-1, 8.31)|
|4/20||Fri||vs. CWS||Noesi (1-1, 5.73) vs. Sale (0-1, 3.09)|
|4/21||Sat||vs. CWS||Beavan (1-1, 2.70) vs. Humber (0-0, 1.69)|
|4/22||Sun||vs. CWS||Millwood (1-1, 6.30) vs. Danks (1-2, 4.82)|
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: Milone (1-1)|
|11||4/15||vs. Oak||W, 5-3||6-5||W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)|
|12||4/17||vs. Cle||L, 9-8||6-6||W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)|
|13||4/18||vs. Cle||W, 4-1||7-7||W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)|