BY SPNW Staff 07:11AM 05/23/2012

#46: Mariners Look For Series Win Vs. Texas

Despite holding baseball’s best offense to just four hits, the Mariners lost 3-1 Tuesday, and close out with Texas at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday behind ex-Ranger Kevin Millwood.

Texas manager Ron Washington leads the defending American League champions into the final of a three-game series Wednesday. / Wiki Commons

GAME: Rangers (27-17, 1st AL West, 5.0 GA) at Mariners (20-25, 4th AL West, – 7.5 GB). GAME #: 46. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING: 7th (Rangers lead 4-2). WHEN: Wednesday, 12:40 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Scott Feldman (Texas, 0-1, 3.00) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (Seattle, 2-4, 4.17). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Rangers W 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

After blowing a chance for their first five-game winning streak in more than a year, the Mariners will close out their three-game set with the Texas Rangers in a Wednesday matinee at Safeco Field. Kevin Millwood, coming off a two-hit, complete-game shutout, gets the call for Seattle.

The Rangers intended to start Neftali Feliz in this game, but placed the converted reliever on the 15-day disabled list Monday after they diagnosed elbow inflamation. Maybe the Mariners caught a break: Feliz is 3-0 against Seattle and has not allowed an earned run in 23.0 innings.

Scott Feldman, 5-3 lifetime against Seattle, will work in Feliz’s place. A closer look at Wednesday’s probables:

MARINERS: RHP Kevin Millwood (2-4, 4.17 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)

Kevin Millwood

In his 16th major league season and first with the Mariners, Millwood is making his ninth start and second against the Rangers, the team Millwood played for in 2011. Millwood had a no-decision against Texas April 11. He is coming off a complete-game, two-hit shutout of Colorado May 18.

A native of Gastonia, NC., the 6-4, 230-pound Millwood was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 11th round of the 1993 amateur draft.

Millwood made his major league debut July 14, 1997, collecting a win in relief for the Braves against Philadelphia. During his career, Millwood pitched for the Braves (1997-02), Philadelphia (2003-04), Cleveland (2005), Texas (2006-09), Baltimore (2010) and Colorado (2011) before joining the Mariners.

Millwood twice won 18 games in a season, going 18-7 for the 1999 Braves and 18-8 for the 2002 Braves. Millwood led the National League in starts with 35 in 2000, led the NL in shutouts in 2003 with three, led the American League in ERA in 2005 at 2.86, and the AL in losses in 2010 with 16.

Millwood represented Atlanta in the 1999 All-Star Game.

During his American League career, Millwood made 24 starts against the Mariners, posting an 8-13 record with a 4.91 ERA.

Millwood signed with the Mariners Jan. 24 as a free agent, and earned the fifth spot in the rotation with a strong performance during spring training.

Millwood has a career record of 165-144, 4.11 ERA.

  • LAST START: May 18 at Coors Field, threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout over the Rockies, becoming just the ninth opposing pitcher to blank the Rockies at Coors with two or fewer hits; first complete game in nine years.
  • LAST VS. RANGERS: April 11 at The Ballpark in Arlington, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 4-3 victory; allowed one earned run on four hits over 6.0 innings; struck out seven, walked three.
  • CAREER VS. RANGERS: 0-2, 4.15 ERA in four starts, covering 26.0 innings; has 18 strikeouts to seven walks; four home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 3-10, 5.92 ERA in 16 games, all starts, covering 92.2 innings; has 51 strikeouts to 25 wsalks; has been dinged for 12 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: David Murphy (0-for-6, .000 BA), Mitch Moreland (0-for-5, .000 BA), Adrian Beltre (19-for-76, .250 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Josh Hamilton (3-for-7, .429 BA, 1 HR), Yorvit Torrealba (3-for-7, .429 BA), Mike Napoli (6-for-16, .375 BA).
  • CURRENT RANGERS VS. MILLWOOD: 39-for-142, .275 BA, six HRs, 23 strikeouts.

Millwood / 2012

  • April 11 (ND, 0-0): Allowed one earned run on four hits over 6 innings; a no-decision in a 4-3 Seattle victory over Texas; struck out seven, walked three; threw 103 pitches, 61 for strikes.
  • April 17 (ND, 0-0): Couldn’t hold an 8-1 lead, but took a no-decision after allowing seven runs on nine hits in four innings in Seattle’s 9-8 loss to Cleveland.
  • April 22 (L, 0-1): Shelled for the second consecutive starts (five earned runs in 6.0 IP) in a 7-4 loss to Cleveland at Safeco.
  • April 28 (L, 0-2): Lost 7-0 at Toronto despite allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 7.0 innings.
  • May 3 (L, 0-3): Dropped a 4-3 decision to Jeff Niemann and the Tampa Bay Rays, falling to 0-3; allowed four earned runs on seven in 6.1 innings; struck out five and walked two, throwing 107 pitches, 66 for strikes.
  • May 8 (L, 0-4): Fell to Justin Verlander and Tigers 6-4 at Safeco Field; raked for five earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings; struck out six, walked two; threw 113 pitches, 68 for strikes.
  • May 13 (W, 1-4): Won his first game as a Mariner by beating New York; allowed just one earned run on three hits over 7.0 innings; struck out six, walked four; threw 90 pitches, 55 for strikes.
  • May 18 (W, 2-4): At Coors Field, threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout over the Rockies, becoming just the ninth opposing pitcher to blank the Rocies at Coors with two or fewer hits; first complete game in nine years.

RANGERS: RHP Scott Feldman (0-1, 3.00 ERA, 1;26 WHIP)

Scott Feldman

The 29-year-old Feldman, in his eighth major league season, all with the Texas Rangers, will be making his third start and first against the Mariners. Feldman worked one inning in an 11-5 Texas win over Seattle April 9.

A native of Burlingame, CA., the 29-year-old Feldman was selected by the Texas Rangers in the the 30th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Prior to his selection, Feldman pitched for the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, CA.

Feldman pitched in the Texas system until Aug. 31, 2005, when he made his major league debut in a 9-2 Texas win over the Chicago White Sox. Feldman, who did not factor in the decision, did not allow a hit and struck out two in the only inning he worked.

Feldman served primarily as a reliever in 2006-07, then made 25 starts (28 appearances) in 2008, going 6-8, 5.29. He produced, by far, his best season in 2009 when he won 17 games, against eight losses, recording a 4.08 ERA in 189.2 innings.

Feldman made 22 more starts in 2010, but finished 7-11, 5.48. Since, he has worked mostly in relief. In 2010, he appeared in 11 games and finished 2-1, 3.94.

  • 2012: Seven games and a couple of spot starts. He did not go beyond 4.2 innings in either start. He lost his last to the Kansas City Royals.
  • LAST START: May 14, vs. Kansas City, allowed two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings in Texas’ 3-1 loss to the Royals; struck out one and walked one while facing 18 batters; threw 81 pitches, 44 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: April 9 at The Ballpark in Arlington, allowed one hit in one inning of work in an 11-5 win over the Mariners.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 5-3, 3.25 ERA in 22 games, including nine starts, covering 72.0 innings; recorded 38 strikeouts to 16 walks; five home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 2-1, 3.32 ERA in eight games, including two starts, covering 19.0 innings; has 10 strikeouts to three walks, no home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Michael Saunders (1-for-7, .143 BA), Mike Carp (1-for-5, .200 BA), Chone Figgins (8-for-35, .229 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Alex Liddi (2-for-2, 1.000 BA), Justin Smoak (2-for-4, .500 BA), Ichiro (9-for-29, .310 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. FELDMAN: 33-for-121, .273 BA, 2 HRS, 2o strikeouts.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 27 17 .614 11-9 16-8 5-5 Won 1
Athletics 22 22 .500 5.0 10-11 12-11 4-6 Lost 1
Mariners 20 25 .444 7.5 8-9 12-16 5-5 Lost 1
Angels 19 25 .432 8.0 11-10 8-15 4-6 Won 1

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT HOME STAND: Three against Texas Monday-Wednesday, four vs. Los Angeles Angels Thursday-Sunday.
  • HOME STAND PROMOTIONS: 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 259-265 all-time vs. Rangers, including 62-51 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 Rangers did not hit a home run for the first time in 15 games . . . The four hits in their 3-1 win marked the fewest in a Texas victory this season and just the second time Texas won with five hits or less in the past two seasons . . . The Mariners were trying for their first five-game winning streak since May, 2011 . . . Hector Noesi allowed three earned runs on three hits over 8.0 innings, his fourth quality start of the season. Over his past four starts, Noesi has a 3.18 ERA . . . Seattle starters are 4-2, 2.08 ERA with 34 strikeouts over their past six starts . . . Ichiro collected two more hits, his 291st and 292nd against the Rangers, passing Hall of Famer George Brett for the most career hits by an opponent against Texas . . . Brendan Ryan went 2-for-5, his sixth multi-hit game of the season . . . Lucas Luetge has not allowed an earned run in his first 16 MLB appearances (10.2 innings), extending his franchise record . . . 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: 7-6; Vs NL West: 3-0.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 10th (AL) in runs (171), 12th in hits (354), eighth in doubles (72), first in triples (10) and ninth in home runs (38) . . . Rank 13th in batting average (.233), 13th in on-base percentage (.291), 12th in slugging (.369) and 13th in OPS (.660) . . . batting 82-for-365 (.225) with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-9 Tuesday . . . out-homered 48-38 . . . left 276 men on base, opponents 273 . . .scored 171 runs, opponents 174 . . . scored 96 of 171 runs in the first four innings . . . Mariners 17-6 when scoring 4+ runs . . . Mariners have homered in 17 of last 28 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 have 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 (3.89), fifth in hits allowed (355), seventh in runs allowed (180), 11th in home runs allowed (48), fifth in walks (129), sixth in strikeouts (322) . . . 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 Tuesday) has 768 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 (2,481) and needs nine 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 play eight games in the next eight 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
20-25 8-9 12-16 5-9 14-18 14-22 6-4 15-10 5-15

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.233 .204 .248 171 38 .291 .369 .660 .225

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
20-25 3.89 397.2 180 171 48 .238 .304 .391

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
5/23 Wed vs. Tex Kevin Millwood (2-4, 4.17) vs. Scott Feldman (0-1, 3.00)
5/24 Thr vs. LAA Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.34) vs. Dan Haren (1-5, 4.37)
5/25 Fri vs. LAA Blake Beavan (2-4, 4.46) vs. Ervin Santana (2-6, 4.22)
5/26 Sat vs. LAA Felix Hernandez (4-3, 2.80) vs. Jerome Williams (4-2, 3.74)
5/27 Sun vs. LAA Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.26) vs. C.J. Wilson (5-4, 2.90)

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 L, 3-1 20-25 W: Harrison (5-3): L: Noesi (2-5)
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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