BY SPNW Staff 07:39AM 07/26/2012

#101: Mariners Draw Foe (KC) They Can Play With

In the rear view mirror are the Yankees and the Ichiro trade; next is four against the pitching-weak Kansas City Royals before the Tuesday non-waiver trade deadline.

With Justin Smoak dispatched to Tacoma, Mike Carp, just off the disabled list, has become the club's first baseman. He had an RBI and drew a walk against the Yankees Wednesday. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

GAME: Royals (41-56, 4th, AL Central, – 11.5 GB at Mariners (43-57, 4th, AL West, – 16.5 GB). GAME #: 101. SERIES: 1st of 4 games. MEETING: 5th (Mariners lead 3-1). WHEN: Thursday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Luis Mendoza (Kansas City, 4-6, 4.31) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (Seattle, 10-7, 3.91). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Royals L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

Last time the Mariners saw Kansas City — July 16-19 — they feasted on four starting pitchers (and a succession of relievers) to the tune of 31 runs on 50 hits, including eight homers, in winning three of four games. The Kansas City quartet Seattle will face starting Thursday has ERAs of 4.31 (Thursday), 6.49 (Friday), 5.54 (Saturday) and 7.95 (Sunday).

This is tantamount to another free pass to the Safeco Field ice cream stand, and sets up nicely Jason Vargas’s bid for his 11th victory. His mound opponent, 28-year-old Luis Mendoza, has already established a career high in wins with four. A closer look:

MARINERS: LHP Jason Vargas (10-7, 3.91 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)

Jason Vargas

The 29-year-old Vargas, in his seventh major league season and fifth with the Mariners, will make his 22nd start and second against the Royals. Vargas won his last three decisions, following two no-decisions and a three-game losing streak. He is coming off a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays July 21 and is seeking to become the first 11-game winner in the Mariners rotation.

A native of Apple Valley, CA., the 6-0, 215-pound Vargas was selected in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins.

He made his debut with Florida July 14, 2005, pitching one inning of relief in a 13-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mariners acquired Vargas as part of a three-team swap Dec. 11, 2008, when the New York Mets sent him along with Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto and Aaron Heilman to the Mariners. The Mariners sent Sean Green, J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed to the Mets.

The Mariners also sent Luis Valbuena to the Indians. The Mets sent Joe Smith to the  Indians, who sent Franklin Gutierrez to the Mariners.

Vargas, the only lefty in Seattle’s starting rotation, has a career record of 38-46, 4.41 ERA, including 32-38, 4.13 ERA with the Mariners.

  • LAST START: July 21 at Tampa Bay, won 2-1; allowed one unearned run on seven hits in 6.0 innings; struck out five, walked three, threw 108 pitches, 67 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. ROYALS: July 16, defeated Kansas City 9-4; allowed three earned runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings; no strikeouts, three walks, two home runs.
  • CAREER VS. ROYALS: 3-1, 4.32 ERA in four starts, covering 25.0 innings; six strikeouts to 11 walks; 1.40 WHIP; three home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 18-18, 3.49 ERA in 53 games, including 49 starts, covering 320.0 innings; 222 strikeouts to 85 walks; 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings; 31 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Alcides Escobar (0-for-6, .000 BA), Alex Gordon (1-for-5, .200 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Billy Butler (5-for-11, .455 BA), Yuniesky Betancourt (2-for-5, .400 BA), Jeff Francoeur (4-for-12, .333 BA).
  • CURRENT ROYALS VS. VARGAS: 20-for-66, .303 BA, three home runs, six strikeouts.

Vargas / 2012

  • March 29 (ND, 0-0): Pitched well enough to win in Tokyo, but after he departed the game, the bullpen imploded, surrendering three home runs, greasing Seattle’s 4-1 defeat to Oakland.
  • April 6 (W, 1-0): Threw 91 pitches, 58 for strikes, finishing with an in-game ERA of 2.31 in a 7-3 victory over Oakland, Vargas’ first win.
  • April 12 (L, 1-1): Allowed four earned runs on seven hits and lost to Derek Holland and the Rangers 5-3 in Arlington; fanned six and walked one; gave up a two-run bomb to Michael Young, who had four RBIs; threw 96 pitches, 63 strikes.
  • April 18 (W, 2-1): Allowed one earned run on four hits over 7 innings, defeating Indians, 4-1; had nine ground-ball outs and nine fly-ball outs.
  • April 24 (W, 3-1): Allowed four runs on six hits, defeating Max Scherzer and the Tigers 7-4 in a game in which the Mariners banged out 15 hits; struck out four, walked one in a 94-pitch effort that included 61 strikes.
  • April 29 (L, 3-2): Allowed two earned runs on four hits over 6.0 innings and suffered the loss to the Blue Jays; struck out four, walked three; threw a season-high 111 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • May 4 (ND, 3-2): Took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota at Safeco Field; allowed one earned run on four hits over 6.1 innings, but lost a chance to win on Wilhelmsen’s throwing error.
  • May 9 (W, 4-2): Defeated Detroit 2-1 at Safeco Field; allowed one run on five hits over 8.0 innings; struck out six and didn’t issue a walk; threw 90 pitches, 66 for strikes.
  • May 14 (L, 4-3): At Fenway Park, lost to Red Sox 6-1; allowed five earned runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings; struck out three, walked three; two home runs.
  • May 19 (W, 5-3): At Coors Field, won his fifth decision of the year, defeating Colorado 10-3; allowed three earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; struck out one, walked one and gave up one home run; threw 95 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • May 24 (L, 5-4): At Safeco Field, lost to the Angels 3-0 in a game in which Dan Haren registered 14 strikeouts; allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings; struck out six, walked none; one home run.
  • May 29 (W, 6-4): At Rangers Ballpark, defeated the Texas Rangers 10-3; allowed three earned runs on five hits in 6.2 innings; struck out three, walked two and allowed a home run; threw 101 pitches, 61 for strikes.
  • June 4 (W, 7-4): At Angels Stadium, defeated the Angels 8-6; allowed three earned runs on five hits in 6.2 innings; struck out two, walked three; one home run; threw 101 pitches, 61 for strikes.
  • June 9 (L, 7-5): 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Safeco Field; five earned runs on nine hits over 6.0 innings; struck out three, walked one; one home run.
  • June 15 (L, 7-6): Vs. San Francisco, lost 4-2; four earned runs on 10 hits in 8.0 innings; struck out one, walked two, two home runs; threw 106 pitches, 70 for strikes.
  • June 20 (L, 7-7): At Arizona, lost 14-10; allowed a season-high 10 earned runs on 10 hits, including five home runs in a season-low 4.1 innings; struck out two, walked two.
  • June 26 (ND, 7-7): At Safeco Field,  a no-decision in a 3-2 win over Oakland Athletics; allowed two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings; struck out a career-high 10 and walked two.
  • July 1 (ND, 7-7): At Safeco Field, lost to Boston 2-1; allowed one run on five hits over 8.0 innings; struck out six, walked two, allowed one home run.
  • July 7 (W, 8-7): Vs. Oakland at Safeco Field, defeated the Athletics 7-1 with a complete-game seven-hitter; struck out six and walked one, throwing 107 pitches, 66 for strikes.
  • July 16 (W, 9-7): At Kansas City, won 9-4; allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings; struck out three, walked three and allowed two home runs.
  • July 21 (W, 10-7): At Tampa Bay, defeated the Rays 2-1; allowed one unearned run on seven hits in 6.0 innings; struck out five, walked three, threw 108 pitches, 67 for strikes.

ROYALS: RHP Luis Mendoza (4-6, 4.31 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)

Luis Mendoza

The 28-year-old Mendoza, in his sixth major league season and third with the Royals, will make his 13th start and first against the Mariners. Mendoza has split his last four decisions and is coming off a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins July 21.

A native of Veracruz, Mexico, the 6-3, 240-pound Mendoza signed with the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2000. Mendoza pitched in the Boston system until July 8, 2005, when the club waived him. San Diego claimed him, but two weeks later waived him and the Red Sox re-claimed him.

Mendoza lasted another year in the Boston system before the Red Sox traded him to the Texas Ranges July 30, 2006 for Bryan Corey.

Mendoza made his major league debut Sept. 8, 2007, in a 7-3 Texas win over Oakland, but did not factor in the decision (pitched two innings).

Mendoza pitched mostly in relief for the Rangers until April 2, 2010, when they traded him to Kansas City for cash considerations.

Mendoza has spent most of his career yo-yoing between the majors and minors. He has already started more games this season (12) than in any year of his career. Mendoza has a career mark of 10-15, having appeared in 55 games with 28 starts.

  • 2012: With four victories, Mendoza has already established a career high. He has worked into the sixth inning seven times and allowed three or fewer earned runs 11 times. He threw his best game June 29 when he limited Minnesota to one earned run on five hits in 8.0 innings. Mendoza has been shelled once, May 6 vs. New York.
  • LAST START: July 21 vs. Minnesota, won 7-3; allowed three earned runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings; struck out four, walked two, no home runs.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: Sept. 1, 2008, working in relief, suffered a blown save in a 12-6 Texas loss; four earned runs on five hits in 1.0 innings in a game in which Adrian Beltre went 5-for-6 with three RBIs.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 0-1, 9.00 ERA in four games, including one start, covering 9.0 innings; five strikeouts to one walk; 1.66 WHIP; no home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 0-0, 0.00 ERA in two games, no starts, covering 3.1 innings; four strikeouts, no walks, no home runs.
  • LOVES/HATES TO FACE: Mendoza has faced only one member of current Mariners roster, Chone Figgins, who is 0-for-4 against him.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 58 39 .598 31-17 27-22 5-5 Won 1
Athletics 53 44 .546 5.0 29-21 24-23 9-1 Won 7
Angels 54 45 .545 5.0 29-20 25-25 5-5 Won 1
Mariners 43 57 .430 16.5 18-29 25-28 6-4 Lost 1

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT HOME STAND: Three vs. New York Yankees, four vs. Kansas City Royals Thursday-Sunday, three vs. Toronto Blue Jays Monday-Wednesday.
  • HOME STAND PROMOTIONS: Thursday — Stitch ‘n Pitch Night: Mariners and Pacific Fabrics & Crafts invite you to enjoy the eighth annual Stitch ‘n Pitch Night at Safeco Field. Bring knitting, stitching, quilting or other fiber arts projects to the game, get help from the experts, view the latest samples from area shops and meet other enthusiasts all while enjoying Mariners Baseball. Ticket includes a free Stitch ‘n Pitch Tote Bag (while supplies last) . . . LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez will throw ceremonial first pitch . . . Peanut–Controlled Area Night: Mariners offer special peanut-controlled area nights at Safeco Field in 2012. No peanuts will be allowed in a reserved area—sections 313, 314 and 315 in the view level boxes. Tickets are heavily discounted at $11 View Box Seating (normally $30). For tickets visit mariners.com/nopeanuts . . . Friday – KUBE 93 Hosts Friday Night Live: Seattle Hits and Hip Hop radio station KUBE 93 teams up with the Mariners. KUBE 93 radio personality Eric Powers will broadcast live from The ‘Pen before the game . . . Saturday – Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame, becoming the fifth and sixth members enshrined. First 20,000 fans will take home a dual bobblehead featuring the most celebrated battery in club history courtesy of ROOT SPORTS . . . Mariners Care Silent Auction: Every Saturday home game the Mariners host silent auction to benefit Mariners Care. Select memorabilia including autographed baseballs, game-used bats, autographed jerseys worn in the Mariners TV commercials and other items. Fans can go to Section 128 to participate . . . Sunday – King’s Court will be in session as Felix Hernandez takes the mound. For $30, fans will get a ticket to the game in a special section, a special King Felix T-shirt and a ‘K’ card. Tickets: Mariners.com/Felix . . . Senior Special Day – Fans 60 and over receive $5 off select View Level seats or $10 off select Main Level seats. Available at the Safeco Field box office and Mariners Team Stores with a valid ID. One ticket per senior per game . . . Kids Run the Bases: Following the game, all youngsters 14 and under are invited down to the field to run the Safeco Field bases thanks to KeyBank.
  • MARINERS VS. ROYALS: Mariners are 191-211 all-time vs. the Yankees, including 31-21 at Safeco Field. In Kansas City July 16-19, Mariners three of the four. Mariners lost the 2011 season series 3-5 and last took a season series from the Royals in 2010. Mariners have never swept a four-game series from Kansas City in Seattle. Kansas City’s last four-game sweep in Seattle occurred Aug. 17-20, 1989.
  • LOG: Ichiro, who played is final game of the 2012 season at Safeco Field, went 3-for-12 against his former team during the three-game series. He batted lead-off Thursday . . . Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who did not factor in the decision Thursday, is 1-1 with a 4.29 ERA as a starter with 14 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 innings . . . .Kyle Seager produced his 60th RBI Thursday and is two RBIs shy of the team-leading 62 by Miguel Olivo in 2011 . . . Josh Kinney’s hit batsman (he plunked Derek Jeter in the eighth inning) was the fourth by the Mariners in two games (Felix Hernandez three Wednesday) . . . After scratching out only three hits in 29 at-bats against the Yankees Wednesday, the Mariners now have the following American League rankings: 14th in batting average (.229), 14th in on-base percentage (.291), 14th in slugging (.358) and 14th in OPS (.649) . . . Since recording his first save June 4, new Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen ranks third in the American League with 11 saves . . . First baseman Justin Smoak went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game with AAA Tacoma following his demotion by the Mariners . . . The Mariners have cleared Franklin Gutierrez to resume baseball-related activity after medical tests failed to reveal any issues attendant to his recent concussion. Gutierrez has played in just 13 games this season.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 12, Split 1, Lost 19 . . . Sweeps: 2; Swept: 4 . . . Longest Win Streak: 4 (April 24-27, May 18-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. AL East: 8-17; vs. AL Central: 12-12; vs. AL West: 15-18; vs. LAA: 2-5; vs. Oak: 7-6; vs. Tex: 6-7; vs. NL West: 8-10; vs. Interleague: 8-10 . . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 17.5, July 15 . . . Most Runs Scored: 21, May 30 at Texas (21-8); Most Runs Allowed: 11, April 9 at Texas . . . Walk-Off Wins: 4, May 7, first since Sept. 14, 2011 vs. New York, and first via a sacrifice fly (John Jaso) since Sept. 14, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (Jose Guillen); June 17 vs. San Francisco (Justin Smoak ninth-inning single); June 28 vs. Boston (Jaso ph ninth-inning single); June 30 vs. Boston (Chone Figgins sacrifice fly 11th inning) . . . Walk-Off Losses: 6, April 30 at Tampa Bay, Elliott Johnson, RBI single in 12th off BrandonLeague; May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th; July 6, at Oakland, Chris Carter 3-run walk-off homer off Steve Delabar; July 7, at Oakland, Josh Reddick run-scoring double off Oliver Perez in 13th; July 18, at Kansas City, Billy Butler, home run off Josh Kinney in bottom 9th; July 20, at Tampa Bay, Ben Zobrist double off Tom Wilhelmsen in bottom 14th. . . Times Opponent Shut out: 6; Times Shut out by Opponent: 11; Comeback Wins: 11; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 25; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 13th (AL) in runs (391), 12th in hits (777), 11th in doubles (151), sixth in triples (18) and 13th in home runs (84) . . . Rank 14th in batting average (.229), 14th in on-base percentage (.291), 14th in slugging (.358) and 14th in OPS (.649) . . . batting 181-for-751 (.241) with runners in scoring position after going 0-for-5 Thursday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .287; Hits: Michael Saunders, 85; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 54; Home Runs: Justin Smoak, 13; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 60 . . Batted around six times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th), May 29 at Texas (8th), May 30 at Texas (2nd and 3rd).
  • BATTING EXTRA: Longest Hitting Streak: Dustin Ackley, 13 games, May 3-17 . . . Four-Hit Games: Ichiro, March 28 vs. Oakland; Justin Smoak, April 17 vs. Cleveland; Jesus Montero, May 1 at Tampa; Kyle Seager, May 30 at Texas; Michael Saunders, June 2, at Chicago; Ichiro, June 19 at Arizona; Franklin Gutierrez, June 22 at San Diego . . .  Grand Slams (2): Michael Saunders, April 27 at Toronto; Alex Liddi, May 23 vs. Texas . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs (2): Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado; Miguel Olivo, Dustin Ackley, 8th inning, July 2, vs. Baltimore.
  • PITCHING: Mariners sixth in ERA (3.85), ninth in hits allowed (828), ninth in runs allowed (408), fifth in home runs allowed (111), ninth in walks (285) and fourth in strikeouts (741) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 45; Starts: Jason Vargas, Hernandez, 21; Wins: Vargas 10; ERA: Hernandez 2.80; Complete Games: Hernandez 2 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 2; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 10.
  • ICHIRO: Batting .250 (3-for-12) since joining the Yankees; finished his Seattle career with 782 multi-hit games, fourth among active players, and No. 1 since his debut in 2001. Ichiro’s 48 games with four or more hits leads all active players . . . Three-hit game July 18 marked the 230th of his major league career . . . Ranks 90th on career hit list with 2,536, eight shy of No. 89 George Van Haltren (2,544) . . . Had 37 leadoff home runs, No. 6 all time, one shy of Jimmy Rollins for No. 5 . . . Recorded 99 outfield assists . . . Hit 99 career home runs, 97 as a leadoff hitter, one batting second, one batting third.
  • ICHIRO FAREWELL STATEMENT: “I would like to express my gratitude to the fans. Thank you for the last 11 1/2 years. Starting in 2001, whether the team played well or bad, whether I played good or bad, I am overcome with emotion when I think about my times and feelings when that time was spent together with the fans. During all those times, the fans were a big foundation for me.
  • ODDS/ENDS: Mariners have one more bobblehead night: July 28 (Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson).
  • DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20), Stephen Pryor (June 2).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (60-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Franklin Gutierrez (7-day, June 29, concussion); Erasmo Ramirez (15-day, July 1, elbow); LHP Charlie Furbush (15-day, July 19, triceps).
  • 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) combined for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) had six of Cleveland’s 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 win; July 4, Chris Tillman recorded first win of the year in a 4-2 Baltimore win by allowing two runs over 8.1 innings; July 13, Adrian Beltre two-run HR off Kevin Millwood in a 3-2 Texas win at Safeco Field; July 15, Beltre had three hits and two RBIs in a 4-0 Texas win over Seattle at Safeco Field; July 23, Four ex-Mariners played roles in beating the Mariners 4-1: Ichiro, traded 3 1/2 hours before the opening pitch, singled and stole his 16th base; Alex Rodriguez belted his 40th career home run at Safeco Field; Raul Ibanezhad an RBI single; Rafael Soriano notched the save; July 26, Soriano notched his 26th save in New York’s 5-2 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.
  • May 27: The pinch-hit grand slam allowed by Felix Hernandez to Alberto Callaspo marked just the sixth against the Mariners in 35 years, and the first since May 6, 1988 when Pat Sheridan of Detroit hit one off Mike Jackson.
  • May 30: Mariners defeated Texas 21-8, just the third time in franchise history they have scored 20 or more runs in a game. The Mariners, with 20 hits, became the first team since 1880 to score 20 runs in a game in the same season it also go perfect-oed.
  • June 8: Kevin Millwood and five relievers collaborated for the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at Safeco Field. Millwood (6.0), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2), and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0) tied the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (Houston vs. the Yankees June 11, 2003). It marked the third no-hitter in Mariners history.
  • June 18: Aaron Hill of Arizona hit for the cycle in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first (Hector Noesi), tripled in the third (Noesi), doubled in the fifth (Noesi) and homered in the seventh (Shawn Kelley).
  • June 19: Ichiro reached 2,500 hits (first-inning single) in the fourth-fewest games in major league history during a 12-9 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 2,500th hit came in his 1,817th game. Al Simmons had 2,500 hits in 1,784 games, Ty Cobb in 1,790 and George Sisler in 1,808 . . . When Kyle Seager and Brendan Ryan both hit three-run homers in the fifth inning, it marked the first time since July 30, 2003 vs. Detroit that the Mariners had a pair of three-run bombs in the same inning. In that July 30, 2003 game, John Olerud hit a three-run homer and Randy Winn a grand slam in the first inning.
  • July 1: One-time Mariner farmhand David Ortiz of the Red Sox hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning, giving Boston a 2-1 win over the Mariners.
  • July 3: In Seattle’s 6-3 win over Baltimore at Safeco Field, The Mariners had three Japanese players in the starting lineup – Ichiro Suzuki,  Munenori Kawasaki and Hisashi Iwakuma – for the first time in major league history.
  • July 23: Mariners trade Ichiro, face of the franchise for 11 1/2 years, to the Yankees for two prospects and cash considerations. Ichiro made his debut against Seattle with the Yankees at Safeco field and went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec. Home Road Day Night vs. RHP vs. LHP Hit HR No HR
43-57 18-29 25-28 10-20 32-39 29-40 14-17 29-24 12-33

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.229 .193 .255 391 84 .291 .358 .649 .241

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
43-57 3.85 899.1 408 385 111 .246 .309 .397

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
7/26 Thr vs. KC Jason Vargas (10-7, 3.91) vs. Luis Mendoza (4-6, 4.31)
7/27 Fri vs. KC Blake Beavan (5-6, 5.54) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-10, 6.49)
7/28 Sat vs. KC Kevin Millwood (3-8, 4.13) vs. Bruce Chen (7-8, 5.54)
7/29 Sun vs. KC Felix Hernandez (9-5, 2.80) vs. Will Smith (1-3, 7.97)

MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS

March (1-1)

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 (10-12)

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 (12-17)

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 W, 5-3 21-25 W: Millwood (3-4); L: Feldman (0-2)
47 5/24 vs. LAA L, 3-0 21-26 W: Haren (2-5); L: Vargas (5-4)
48 5/25 vs. LAA L, 6-4 21-27 W: Isringhausen (1-0); L: League (0-4)
49 5/26 vs. LAA L, 5-3 21-28 W: Williams (5-2); L: Hernandez (4-4)
50 5/27 vs. LAA L, 4-2 21-29 W: Wilson (5-4); L: Noesi (2-6)
51 5/28 at Tex L, 4-2 21-30 W: Harrison (6-3); L: Delabar (1-1)
52 5/29 at Tex W, 10-3 22-30 W: Vargas (6-4); L: Feldman (0-3)
53 5/30 at Tex W, 21-8 23-30 W: Beaven (3-4); L: Holland (4-4)

June (11-16)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
54 6/1 at CWS L, 7-4 23-31 W: Jesse Crain (1-0); L: Shawn Kelly (0-2)
55 6/2 at CWS W, 10-8 24-31 W: Wilhelmsen (2-1); L: Reed (0-1)
56 6/3 at CWS L, 4-2 24-32 W: Sale (7-2); L: Millwood (3-5)
57 6/4 at LAA W, 8-6 25-32 W: Vargas (7-4); L: Santana (2-7)
58 6/5 at LAA L, 6-1 25-33 W: Richards (1-0); L: Beavan (3-5)
59 6/6 at LAA W, 8-6 26-33 W: Kelley (1-2); L: Williams (6-3)
60 6/8 vs. LAD W, 1-0 27-33 W: Pryor (1-0); L: Elbert (0-1)
61 6/9 vs. LAD L, 8-3 -27-34 W: Kershaw (5-3): L: Vargas (7-5)
62 6/10 vs. LAD L, 8-2 27-35 W: Billingsley (4-4); L: Beavan (3-6)
63 6/12 vs. SDP L, 5-4 27-36 W: Richard (3-7); L: Hernandez (4-5)
64 6/13 vs. SDP L, 1-0 27-37 W: Marquis (3-5); L: Noesi (2-7)
65 6/14 vs. SDP L, 6-2 27-38 W: Volquez (3-6); L: Ramirez (0-1)
66 6/15 vs. SF L, 4-2 27-39 W: Vogelsong (6-2); L: Vargas (7-6)
67 6/16 vs. SF W, 7-4 28-39 W: Iwakuma (1-0); L: Lincecum (2-8)
68 6/17 vs. SF W, 2-1 29-39 W: Wilhelmsen (3-1); L: Romo (2-1)
69 6/18 at AZ L, 7-1 29-40 W: Miley (8-3); L: Noesi (2-8)
70 6/19 at AZ W, 12-9 30-40 W: Furbush (3-1); L: Putz (1-4)
71 6/20 at AZ L, 14-10 30-41 W: Cahill (6-5): L: Vargas (7-7)
72 6/22 at SDP L, 9-5 30-42 W: Richard (5-7); L: Millwood (3-6)
73 6/23 at SDP W, 5-1 31-42 W: Fernandez (5-5); L: Marquis (3-7)
74 6/24 at SDP L, 2-0 31-43 W: Volquez (4-7); L: Noesi (2-9)
75 6/25 vs. Oak L, 1-0 31-44 W: Milone (8-5); L: Ramirez (0-2)
76 6/26 vs. Oak W, 3-2 32-44 W: Furbush (4-1); L: Miller (2-1)
77 6/27 vs. Oak L, 2-1 32-45 W: Parker (4-3); L: Iwakuma (1-1)
78 6/28 vs. Bos W, 1-0 33-45 W: Hernandez (6-5); L: Atchison (2-1)
79 6/29 vs. Bos L, 5-0 33-46 W: Cook (2-1); L: Noesi (2-10)
80 6/30 vs. Bos W, 3-2 34-46 W: Kelley (2-2); L: Aceves (0-5)

July (9-11)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
81 7/1 vs. Bos L, 2-1 34-47 W: Padilla (2-0); L: League (0-5)
82 7/2 vs. Bal W, 6-3 35-47 W: Delabar (2-1); L: Hammel (8-4)
83 7/3 vs. Bal L, 5-4 35-48 W: Day (5-0); L: Furbush (4-2)
84 7/4 vs. Bal L, 4-2 35-49 W: Tillman (1-0); L: Noesi (2-11)
85 7/6 at Oak L, 4-2 35-50 W: Norberto (1-1); L: Perez (0-1)
86 7/7 at Oak W, 7-1 36-50 W: Vargas (8-7); L: Parker (5-4)
87 7/8 at Oak L, 2-1 36-51 W: Norberto (2-1); L: Perez (0-2)
88 7/13 vs. Tex L, 3-2 36-52 W: Holland (6-4); L: Millwood (3-7)
89 7/14 vs. Tex W, 7-0 37-52 W: Hernandez (7-5); L: Darvish (10-6)
90 7/15 vs. Tex L, 4-0 37-53 W: Harrison (12-4); L: Iwakuma (1-2)
91 7/16 at KC W, 9-4 38-53 W: Vargas (9-7); L: Sanchez (1-6)
92 7/17 at KC W, 9-6 39-53 W: Beavan (4-6): L: Verdugo (0-1)
93 7/18 at KC L, 8-7 39-54 W: Holland (4-2); L: Kinney (0-1)
94 7/19 at KC W, 6-1 40-54 W: Hernandez (8-5); L: Smith (0-1)
95 7/20 at TB L, 4-3 40-55 W: McGee (3-2); L: Wilhelmsen (3-2)
96 7/21 at TB W, 2-1 41-55 W: Vargas (10-7); L: Cobb (4-7)
97 7/22 at TB W, 2-1 42-55 W: Beavan (2-1); L: Moore (6-7)
98 7/23 vs. NYY L, 4-1 42-56 W: Kuroda (10-7); L: Millwood (3-8)
99 7/24 vs. NYY W, 4-2 43-56 W: Hernandez (9-5); L: Garcia (4-4)
100 7/25 vs. NYY L, 5-2 43-57 W: Phelps (2-3); L: Luetge (1-1)
101 7/26 vs. KC
102 7/27 vs. KC
103 7/28 vs. KC
104 7/29 vs. KC
105 7/30 vs. Tor
106 7/31 vs. Tor


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