BY SPNW Staff 10:28AM 05/22/2012

#45: Mariners Can Make It 5 In A Row Tuesday

The Mariners and Rangers will play the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at Safeco Field with Seattle trying to earn a season-high fifth consecutive victory.

Third baseman Kyle Seager leads the Mariners with 26 RBIs and in OPS at .794. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

GAME: Rangers (26-17, 1st AL West, 4.0 GA) at Mariners (20-24, 4th AL West, – 6.5 GB). GAME #: 45. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 6th (Rangers lead 3-2). WHEN: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: LHP Matt Harrison (Texas, 4-3, 5.21) vs. RHP Hector Noesi (Seattle, 2-4, 5.61). STREAKS: Mariners W 4; Rangers L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

The Mariners, 6-1 winners over the first-place Texas Rangers Monday, haven’t won five consecutive games since May 19-23, 2011, when they were in the process of putting together a season-best six-game winning streak. The Mariners will task Hector Noesi with extending the current winning streak to five Tuesday, when Seattle and Texas play the second game of a three-game set.

Noesi is coming off a good outing, but a no-decision against Cleveland. Texas starter Matt Harrison is also coming off a no-decision, against Oakland. A closer look at Tuesday’s probables:

MARINERS: RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

Hector Noesi

The 25-year-old Noesi, in his second major league season, and first with the Mariners, is making his ninth start of 2012 and second against the Rangers. He started and lost to Texas April 9 at The Ballpark in Arlington

A native of Esperanza, Valverde, Dominican Republic, the 6-3, 200-pound Noesi was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees in 2004.

Noesi made his major league debut May 18, 2011 for the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles. The fifth Yankees reliever that day, he collected the win by working four innings, allowing four hits, no runs and fanning four.

Noesi became a Mariner Jan. 23 when he was traded by the Yankees, along with Jesus Montero, to Seattle for Jose Campos (minors) and Michael Pineda, an All-Star starter.

Noesi, who appeared in 30 games for the Yankees, making two starts, will bring a career record of 4-6, 4.97 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into Tuesday’s game at Safeco Field.

  • LAST START: May 17 at Cleveland, received a no-decision in Seattle’s 6-5 loss; allowed one run on five hits over 6.1 innings; struck out five and walked three; Mariners had a 4-0 lead in the seventh but lost in extra innings 6-5.
  • LAST VS. RANGERS: April 9, at The Ballpark in Arlington lasted just 3.0 innings in his Mariners debut, suffering an 11-5 loss; slammed for seven earned runs on six hits, including two home runs.
  • CAREER VS. RANGERS: 0-1, 13.50 in two games, including one start, covering 4.2 innings; has faced 24 batters with three strikeouts, four walks and two home runs allowed.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 2-1, 3.38 ERA in four games, including three starts, in 18.2 innings; averages 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings; all seven runs allowed earned; has allowed two home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Ian Kinsler (0-for-2, .000 BA), David Murphy (0-for-2, .000 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Nelson Cruz (2-for-2, 1.000 BA, 1 HR), Josh Hamilton (1-for-2, .500 BA), Mitch Moreland (1-for-2, .500 BA, 1 HR).
  • CURRENT RANGERS VS. NOESI: 7-for-19, .368 BA, 2 HRs, 3 strikeouts.

Noesi / 2012

  • April 9 (L, 0-1): Shelled for seven earned runs in 3.0 innings in an 11-5 loss to the Rangers.
  • April 14 (W, 1-1): Collected his first win as a Mariner by working 8.0 IP, allowing five hits and no runs in a 4-0 win over Oakland; fanned six, issued one walk and recorded 17 fly-ball outs vs. five ground-ball outs; 100 pitches, 68 for strikes.
  • April 20 (L, 1-2): Didn’t make it past the second inning in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox at Safeco Field; allowed six earned runs on six hits, including one home run.
  • April 26 (ND, 1-2): Gave up four runs on five hits over 5.0 innings and allowed one home run; threw 77 pitches, 49 for strikes.
  • May 1 (L, 1-3): Allowed three runs on three hits in 5.2 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rays; struck out one and walked three, throwing 84 pitches, just 46 for strikes; allowed one home run.
  • May 6 (W, 2-3): Defeated Nick Blackburn and the Twins 5-2 at Safeco Field; allowed one earned run in 7.0 innings; struck out five, walked three and gave up one home run; threw 105 pitches, 73 for strikes.
  • May 12 (L, 2-4): Lost to the Yankees 6-2; allowed five earned runs on six hits in 7.0 innings; struck out four and walked none, but gave up two home runs, including one to former Mariner Raul Ibanez.
  • May 17 (ND, 2-4): At Cleveland, received a no-decision in Seattle’s 6-5 loss; allowed one run on five hits over 6.1 innings; struck out five and walked three; Mariners had a 4-0 lead in the seventh but lost in extra innings 6-5.

RANGERS: LHP Matt Harrison (4-3, 5.21 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)

Matt Harrison

The 26-year-old Harrison, in his fifth major league season, all with the Rangers, will be making his ninth start of the 2012 season and his first against the Mariners.

A native of Durham, NC., the 6-4, 240-pound Harrison was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 2003 amateur draft.

Harrison pitched in the Atlanta system until July 31, 2007, when the Braves traded him with Beau Jones (minors), Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Rangers for Ron Mahay and Mark Teixeira.

Harrison made his major league debut July 8, 2008, defeating the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 at the Ballpark in Arlington; allowed two runs on five hits over 7.0 innings. Harrison made 14 starts after his debut, finishing with a 9-3 record and 5.49 ERA.

He went 4-5 in 11 starts in 2009, 3-2 as primarily a reliver in 2009 and a career-best 14-9, 3.39 in 30 starts in 2011. Harrison has three complete games and two shutouts to his credit.

Harrison will bring a career record of 34-22, 4.57 ERA into Tuesday’s game at Safeco Field.

  • 2012: Harrison won his first three decisions, lost his next two, and has a win and a loss in his last two. He has pitched into the seventh inning five times. He had his best start April 8 against the White Sox: did not allow a run and only four hits in six innings. Harrison got shelled twice, allowing seven earned runs vs. Tampa Bay April 27 and eight at Toronto May 2.
  • LAST START: May 17 vs. Oakland, did not factor in the decision in a 5-4 loss to the Athletics; allowed three earned runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: Sept 23, 2011, defeated Seattle 5-3 at the Ballpark in Arlington for his 14th win of the season; allowed one earned run on five hits in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 6-1, 2.67 ERA in 13 games, including nine starts, covering 64.0 innings; has 41 strikeouts vs. 14 walks; has allowed one home run.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 3-0, 1.25 ERA in five games, including three starts, covering 21.2 innings; has fanned 16 of the 89 batters he’s faced.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Dustin Ackley (0-for-11, .000 BA, 2 K’s), Mike Carp (0-for-10, .000 BA, 3 K’s), Ichiro (7-for-31, .226 BA, 3 K’s).
  • HATES TO FACE: Casper Wells (2-for-6, .333 BA), Alex Liddi (1-for-3, .333 BA), Chone Figgins (4-for-14, .286 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. HARRISON: 23-for-126, .183 BA, 0 HRs, 23 strikeouts.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 26 17 .605 11-9 15-8 4-6 Lost 1
Athletics 22 21 .512 4.0 10-10 12-11 5-5 Won 2
Mariners 20 24 .455 6.5 8-8 12-16 5-5 Won 4
Angels 18 25 .419 8.0 11-10 7-15 4-6 Lost 3

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT HOME STAND: Three against Texas (Monday-Wednesday), four vs. Los Angeles Angels Thursday-Sunday.
  • HOME STAND PROMOTIONS: Monday — BECU Half-Price Family Night; Tuesday — Military Discount Night; Wednesday — Grand Slam Family Package Night; Senior Special Day; Weather Education Day; Thursday — College Night; Friday — Dustin Ackley Bobblehead Night (first 20,000 fans); Saturday — Turn Back The Clock Night (’50s poster); Sunday — Little League Day (Justin Smoak Growth Chart; Senior Special Day).
  • MARINERS VS. RANGERS: Mariners 259-264 all-time vs. Rangers, including 62-50 at Safeco Field. Texas took three of four at The Ballpark in Arlington April 9-12, outscoring Seattle 20-12. Mariners haven’t won a season series against Texas since 2007. Seattle’s last three-game sweep against Texas at Safeco: Sept. 28-30, 2007.
  • LATEST: The Mariners won their fourth straight Monday, matching their season high (also April 24-27) . . . Mariners have scored 26 runs during their four-game winning streak . . . Snapping a personal, two-game losing streak Monday, Felix Hernandez allowed only three Rangers to reach scoring position . . . Hernandez beat the Rangers for the first time since the end of the 2010 season (he had gone 0-4 since then) . . . Monday’s game marked the fifth time in 10 starts that Hernandez worked at least 8.0 innings and the eighth time he has struck out at least six . . . Ichiro went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple Monday. In two games against Yu Darvish, Ichiro is 5-for-7 with a double, triple and two RBIs . . . Ichiro has 290 career hits against Texas. Only George Brett, with 291 has more . . .  Seattle C Miguel Olivo, out with a groin injury, caught five innings and went 1-for-3 in his first rehab start with AAA Tacoma Monday. Manager Eric Wedge said Olivo needs to catch nine innings before the Mariners will consider bringing him back . . . Mariners do not expect OF Franklin Gutierrez to return to the team until at least mid-June.
  • SERIES/STREAKS: Series Record: Won 6, split 0, lost 8; Sweeps: 2; Swept: 2. Longest Win Streak: 4 (April 24-27, May 18-21). Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4). Vs. AL East: 2-10; Vs. AL Central: 8-9; Vs. AL West: 7-5; Vs NL West: 3-0.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 10th (AL) in runs (170), 10th in hits (347), eighth in doubles (71), first in triples (10) and ninth in home runs (38) . . . Rank 13th in batting average (.234), 14th in on-base percentage (.292), 12th in slugging (.372) and 13th in OPS (.664) . . . batting 81-for-356 (.228) with runners in scoring position after going 2-for-9 Monday . . . out-homered 48-38 . . . left 268 men on base, opponents 270 . . .scored 170 runs, opponents 171 . . . scored 95 of 170 runs in the first four innings . . . Mariners 17-6 when scoring 4+ runs . . . Mariners have homered in 17 of last 27 games . . . batted around three times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), and April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th) . . . shut out four times (April 10 at Texas, April 13 vs Oakland, April 21 vs. Chicago, April 27 at Toronto).
  • BATTING EXTRA: Dustin Ackley has Seattle’s longest hitting streak at 13 consecutive games (May 3-17). Jesus Montero and Miguel Olivo had eight-game hitting streaks, Montero from March 29-April 14, Olivo from April 22 until he went on DL list May 1 . . . Mariners hav four bases-loaded walks (Kawasaki, Ryan, Montero, Smoak) . . . Kyle Seager’s single in the fourth inning April 17 marked the 50,000th hit in Mariners’ history, and Brendan Ryan’s walk in the same frame scored Justin Smoak with the 25,000th run in franchise history . . . Montero’s 13 RBIs in April were the most by a Mariners’ rookie since 1986 . . . Three Mariners, Ichiro (March 28 vs. Oakland), Justin Smoak (April 17 vs. Cleveland) and Jesus Montero (May 1 at Tampa) have four-hit games . . . Walk-Off Wins: May 7, their first since Sept. 14, 2011 vs. New York, and their first via a sacrifice fly since Sept. 14, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (Jose Guillen); Walk-Off Losses: May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs: Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado.
  • PITCHING: Mariners rank eighth in ERA (3.91), sixth in hits allowed (351), seventh in runs allowed (177), 11th in home runs allowed (48), fifth in walks (127), sixth in strikeouts (314) . . . Felix Hernandez has 17 career no-decisions while throwing 7.0 or more innings and allowing one or fewer runs . . . Closer Brandon League is 0-3 with two blown saves.
  • ICHIRO (2-for-4 Monday) has 767 multi-hit games, which ranks fourth among active players, and No. 1 since his debut in 2001. Ichiro’s 47 games with four or more hits leads all active players . . . Three-hit game April 30 marked the 226th of his major league career . . . Ranks 97th on career hits list (2,479) and needs 11 to tie No. 96 Fred McGriff . . . Has recorded 99 outfield assists. Only Jeff Francouer, with 100, has more . . . With 96 career home runs, needs four to become the 12th Mariner with 100. Breakdown: 94 as a leadoff hitter, one batting second, one batting third.
  • ODDS/ENDS: The Mariners will play nine games in the next nine days. Their next day off is May 31 . . . Mariners have three more bobblehead nights: Saturday (Dustin Ackley), June 15 (Felix Hernandez), July 28 (Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson).
  • DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20).
  • DISABLED LIST: Miguel Olivo (15-day, May 1, strained right groin), George Sherrill (15-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Franklin Gutierrez (15-day, March 28, torn pectoral muscle; plantar fascitis), Adam Moore (15-day, March 28, fractured wrist).
  • EX-MARINERS VS. CURRENT MARINERS: April 19Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe’s 2-1 win; April 28Brandon 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 12Raul 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) combine for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) six of Cleveland’s 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 win.

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.

MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec. Home Road Day Night vs. RHP vs. LHP Hit HR No HR
20-24 8-8 12-16 5-9 14-17 14-22 6-3 15-10 5-14

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.234 .204 .248 170 38 .292 .372 .664 .228

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
20-24 3.91 388.2 177 168 48 .241 .307 .394

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
5/22 Tue vs. Tex Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.61) vs. Matt Harrison (4-3, 5.21)
5/23 Wed vs. Tex Kevin Millwood (2-4, 4.17) vs. Neftali Feliz (3-1, 3.16)

MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS

March

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)

April

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 7-6 W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)
14 4/19 vs. Cle L, 2-1 7-7 W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)
15 4/20 vs. CWS L, 7-3 7-8 W: Sale (2-1); L: Noesi (1-2)
16 4/21 vs. CWS L, 4-0 7-9 W: Humber (1-0); Beavan (1-2)
17 4/22 vs. CWS L, 7-4 7-10 W: Danks (2-2); L: Millwood (0-1)
18 4/24 at Det W, 7-4 8-10 W: Vargas (3-1); L: Scherzer (1-2)
19 4/25 at Det W, 9-1 9-10 W: Fernandez (2-1); L: Wilk (0-3)
20 4/26 at Det W, 5-4 10-10 W: Furbush (1-1); L: Porcello (1-2)
21 4/27 at Tor W, 9-5 11-10 W: Furbush (2-1); L: Perez (2-1)
22 4/28 at Tor L, 7-0 11-11 W: Morrow (2-1); L: Millwood (0-2)
23 4/29 at Tor L, 7-2 11-12 W: Alvarez (1-2); L: Vargas (3-2)
24 4/30 at TB L, 3-2 11-13 W: Howell (1-0); L: League (0-2)

May

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
25 5/1 at TB L, 3-1 11-14 W: Moore (1-1); L: Noesi (1-3)
26 5/2 at TB L, 5-4 11-15 W: Shields (5-0); L: Beavan (1-3)
27 5/3 at TB L, 4-3 11-16 W: Niemann (2-3); L: Millwood (0-3)
28 5/4 vs. Min L, 3-2 11-17 W: Pavano (2-2); L: Wilhelmsen (1-1)
29 5/5 vs. Min W, 7-0 12-17 W: Hernandez (3-1); L: Marquis (2-1)
30 5/6 vs. Min W, 5-2 13-17 W: Noesi (2-3): L: Blackburn (0-4)
31 5/7 vs. Det W, 3-2 14-17 W: Delabar (1-0); L: Dotel (1-1)
32 5/8 vs. Det L, 6-4 14-18 W: Verlander (3-1); L: Millwood (0-4)
33 5/9 vs. Det W, 2-1 15-18 W: Vargas (4-2); L: Putkoen (0-1)
34 5/11 at NYY L, 6-2 15-19 W: Kuroda (3-4); L: Hernandez (3-2)
35 5/12 at NYY L, 6-2 15-20 W: Hughes (3-4); L: Noesi (2-4)
36 5/13 at NYY W, 6-2 16-20 W: Millwood (1-4); L: Pettitte (0-1)
37 5/14 at Bos L, 6-1 16-21 L: Lester (2-3); L: Vargas (4-3)
38 5/15 at Bos L, 5-0 16-22 W: Beckett (3-4); L: Beavan (1-4)
39 5/16 at Cle L, 9-3 16-23 W: Jimenez (4-3): L: Hernandez (3-3)
40 5/17 at Cle L, 6-5 16-24 W: Smith (4-1); L: League (0-3)
41 5/18 at Col W, 4-0 17-24 W: Millwood (2-4); L: White (0-3)
42 5/19 at Col W, 10-3 18-24 W: Vargas (5-3); L: Friedrich (1-1)
43 5/20 at Col W, 6-4 19-24 W: Beavan (2-4); L: Guthrie (2-2)
44 5/21 vs. Tex W, 6-1 20-24 W: Hernandez (4-3); L: Darvish (6-2)
45 5/22 vs. Tex
46 5/23 vs. Tex
47 5/24 vs. LAA
48 5/25 vs. LAA
49 5/26 vs. LAA
50 5/27 vs. LAA
51 5/28 at Tex
52 5/29 at Tex
53 5/30 at Tex

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