BY SPNW Staff 08:53AM 08/21/2012

#124: Huge Throng Expected For Felix Encore

After the Mariners conclude their three-game series with Cleveland, they will embark on a seven-game road trip to Chicago and Minnesota.

Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners - 2010

Felix Hernandez, coming off his perfect game, will face the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night at Safeco Field. / Ben Van Houten, Mariners

GAME: Indians (54-68, 3rd, AL Central, – 12.5 GB) at Mariners (59-64, 4th, AL West, – 13.0 GB). GAME #: 124. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 7th (Indians lead 4-2). WHEN: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Roberto Hernandez (Cleveland, 0-1, 7.50) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (Seattle, 11-5, 2.60). STREAKS: Mariners W 6; Indians L 6. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: ESPN 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

Riding a six-game winning streak, the Mariners are expecting a near-capacity crowd at Safeco Field Tuesday night for Felix Hernandez’s first start since he threw the 23rd perfect game in major league history. Most fans will be wearing “King of Perfection” T-shirts and waving “K” cards for one of the most anticipated encores in franchise history.

“I don’t know how it’s going to be,” Hernandez said Monday, after the Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-3 in the first game of a three-game series. “I think I’m going to get chills. I don’t know what I’m going to do. But it’ll be good. I’m really looking forward to it.”

After Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero throws out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night, Hernandez will aim to win his eighth consecutive decision (Felix hasn’t lost in a baseball eon, since June 12). He will attempt it against a Cleveland team that has lost six in a row, but handed Hernandez his worst defeat of the season May 16, raking him for six earned runs on 10 hits in just 3.2 innings.

Hernandez’s perfecto last Wednesday was the third thrown this season. Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox tossed one against Seattle at Safeco Field April 21. In Humber’s next start, he lost to Boston 10-3, allowing nine earned runs in 5.0 innings.

Matt Cain of San Francisco threw a perfect game against Houston June 13, winning 10-0. In his next start, Cain defeated the Angels 5-3, allowing three earned runs in 5.0 innings.

In his first start since throwing a perfect0, Hernandez will face another Hernandez, Roberto, who spent the first six years of his major league pitching under the name “Fausto Carmona.” Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona served a three-week, MLB-imposed suspension earlier this season for identity fraud. A closer look:

MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (11-5, 2.60 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)

Felix Hernandez

The 26-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, makes his 26th start, his third against the Indians, and the first since he threw the 23rd perfect game in major league history Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The American League Player of the Week for Aug. 13-19 (first such award of Felix’s career), Hernandez had a no-decision against the Tribe April 19 and lost to the Indians 9-3 May 16. He is coming off the best-pitched game in Mariners history, a 1-0 perfecto against the Rays in which Hernandez recorded 12 strikeouts.

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.

Hernandez 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.

Hernandez is a three-time American League All-Star (2009, 2011, 2012) and won the American League Cy Young award in 2010, when he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA.

Hernandez has worked into the seventh inning in 20 of his 125 starts and into the eighth inning nine times. Hernandez has won his past seven decisions, a span which includes four no-decisions.. He has no lost since June 12 against San Diego.

Hernandez has allowed two or fewer runs in a game 15 times and has struck out 10 or more batters in a game five times.

Hernandez has a career record of 96-72, 3.17 in 230 starts.

  • LAST START: Aug. 115 at Safeco Field, threw the first perfect game in Mariners history, the 23rd in major league history and the club’s third individual nno-hitter; fanned 12 (fourth most in a perfect game), no walks; 113 pitches, 77 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. INDIANS: May 16 at Progressive Field, lost 9-3; six earned runs on 10 hits in a season-low 3.2 innings; seven strikeouts, two walk, one home run; 103 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • CAREER VS. INDIANS: 5-4, 3.08 ERA in 12 starts covering 76.0 innings; 81 strikeouts to 28 walks; 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings; 1.19 WHIP, seven home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 50-32, 3.09 ERA 114 starts covering 790.0 innings; 753strikeouts to 222 walks; 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings; 63 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Matt LaPorta (2-for-11, .182 BA), Asdrubal Cabrera (3-for-13, .231 BA)
  • HATES TO FACE: Grady Sizemore (9-for-18, .500 BA), Jack Hannahan (8-for-18, .444 BA), Michael Brantley (5-for-14, .357 BA).
  • CURRENT INDIANS VS. HERNANDEZ: 60-for-192, .313 BA, five home runs, 58 strikeouts.

Felix / 2012

  • March 28 (ND, 0-0): Pitched well enough to win season debut, but the Mariners and A’s battled through a 1-1 tie until the 11th when Seattle pushed across two runs to win 3-1, a Tokyo Dome contest that featured a home run and two RBIs by Dustin Ackley and a 4-for-5 performance by Ichiro.
  • April 7: (W, 1-0): Didn’t have best stuff — allowed six earned runs on eight hits over 6.1 IP — but 13 hits, 3 by Chone Figgins, staked him to a 6-0 lead.
  • April 13 (L, 1-1): Allowed two earned runs on seven hits over 7 IP, but lost to Bartolo Colon and the A’s 4-0; fanned six and walked two in a 107-pitch effort that included 69 strikes; had an equal number of ground ball and fly ball outs, 10.
  • April 19 (ND, 1-1): Gave up five hits and no runs in 8.0 innings vs. Cleveland at Safeco Field; had 12 strikeouts and one walk; Brandon League relieved and sustained a blown save and the 2-1 loss.
  • April 25 (W, 2-1): Defeated Detroit 9-1 at Comerica Park; allowed one earned run on four hits over 7.0 innings; three walks in the first inning.
  • April 30 (ND, 2-1) Took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay when Brandon League blew the save and game; allowed one earned run on five hits over 8.0 innings; fanned nine and walked four; threw 106 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 5 (W, 3-1): Beat Twins 7-0; allowed one hit over 8.0 innings, struck out nine and walked two; threw 107 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 11 (L, 3-2): Lost 6-2 when Ibanez belted a three-run homer; allowed four earned runs on a season-high 11 hits; struck out seven, walked two.
  • May 16 (L, 3-3): At Cleveland, lost 9-3; gave up eight earned runs on a season-high 10 hits in just 3.2 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 103 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • May 21 (W, 4-3): Defeated the Rangers 6-1; allowed one run on six hits over 8.0 innings; struck out seven, walked two and allowed one home run.
  • May 26 (L, 4-4): At Safeco Field, lost to the Los Angeles Angels 5-3; allowed five earned runs on 10 hits over 6.0 innings; struck out seven and walked one; allowed two home runs.
  • June 1 (ND, 4-4): At Chicago, took a no-decision in a 7-4 loss to the White Sox; allowed four earned runs on five hits over 4.0 innings and surrendered a season-high three home runs.
  • June 12 (L, 4-5): At Safeco Field, lost to Padres 5-4; allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 92 pitches, 56 for strikes.
  • June 23 (W, 5-5): At San Diego, defeated the Padres 5-1; allowed one earned run on six hits over 7.0 innings; struck out 10 and walked one; threw 94 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • June 28 (W, 6-5): At Safeco Field, defeated Boston 1-0; threw a complete game, five-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts and just one walk; threw a season-high 128 pitches, 84 for strikes.
  • July 3 (ND, 6-5): At Safeco Field, took a no-decision in 5-4 loss to Baltimore; allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings; struck out eight, walked none; 60 of 92 pitches for strikes.
  • July 14 (W, 7-5): At Safeco Field, defeated Texas 7-0; three hits over 9.0 innings, fanned 12 and did not walk a batter; threw 107 pitches, 74 for strikes.
  • July 19 (W, 8-5): At Kauffman Stadium, defeated the Royals 6-1; one earned run on eight hits over 8.0 innings; struck out three and walked one, getting most of his outs on ground balls; threw 89 pitches, 65 for strikes.
  • July 24 (W, 9-5): At Safeco Field, defeated the New York Yankees 4-2; two earned runs on four hits over 7.1 innings; struck out four, walked three; one home run.
  • July 29 (ND, 9-5): At Safeco Field, took a no-decision in a 7-6 Seattle win; two earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; struck out six, walked two; threw 117 pitches, 72 for strikes.
  • Aug. 4 (W, 10-5): At Yankee Stadium, defeated the Yankees 1-0 with a complete-game two-hitter; struck out six, walked two; 101 pitches, 69 for strikes.
  • Aug. 10 (ND, 10-5): At Anaheim, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 6-5, walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels; four earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; three strikeouts, one walk, one home run; 104 pitches, 65 for strikes.
  • Aug. 15 (W, 11-5): At Safeco Field, threw the first perfect game in Mariners history, the 23rd in major league history and the club’s third individual nno-hitter; fanned 12 (fourth most in a perfect game), no walks; 113 pitches, 77 for strikes.

INDIANS: RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 7.50 ERA, 1.66 WHIP)

Roberto Hernandez

The 31-year-old Hernandez, in his seventh major league season, all with Cleveland, will make his second start, his first against the Mariners and the second of his career as Roberto Hernandez. For 12 years, Hernandez went by the name “Fausto Carmona.”

Hernandez was arrested in January outside the U.S. consulate in the Dominican Republic while trying to renew his visa — which he finally was granted July 21 after he was found to be three years older than his listed age. The right-hander, who turns 32 Aug. 30, made four minor league starts while serving a three-week suspension from Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud.

The Indians added Hernandez to their 25-man roster last weekafter fellow right RHP Josh Tomlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his elbow.

A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the 6-4, 220-pound Hernandez originally signed with the Indians as an amateur free agent in 2000. He made his major league debut April 15, 2006, beating the Detroit Tigers 7-2 as “Fausto Carmona.” He went 1-10, 5.42 over the balance of the season, but had a breakout year in 2007, when he posted a 19-8 record with a 3.06 ERA.

Hernandez/Carmona made the American League All-Star team in 2010 when he went 13-14, 3.77, but had a terrible 2011, going 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA. Then his legal problems developed, delaying his start to the 2012 season.

  • 2012: Once Hernandez arrived in the United States in July, the Indians sent him to the minor leagues, first to Lake County of the Midwest League, and then to Columbus of the International League. Hernandez made four starts and posted a 2-1 record with a 4.07 ERA.
  • LAST START: Aug. 15 at Los Angeles Angels, lost 8-4; five earned runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings; no strikeouts or walks; two home runs.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: Aug. 22, 2011, took a no-decision in a game won by Seattle 3-2; one earned run on six hits in 6.0 innings; six strikeouts, one walk, one home run (Ichiro).
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 2-3, 3.10 ERA in eight games, including seven starts, covering 49.1 innings; 33 strikeouts to 16 walks; 6.0 strikeouts per nine innings; six home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 1-1, 2.40 ERA in two starts covering 15.0 innings; 10 strikeouts to five walks; 6.0 strikeouts per nine innings; two home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Chone Figgins (2-for-17, .118 BA), John Jasso (1-for-7, .143 BA), Michael Saunders (1-for-7, .143), Brendan Ryan 1-for-7, .167 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Eric Thames (1-for-2, .500 BA), Casper Wells (1-for-2, .500 BA), Miguel Olivo (4-for-10, .400 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. HERNANDEZ: 14-for-62, .226 BA, two home runs, 10 strikeouts.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 71 50 .587 37-22 34-28 6-4 Won 3
Athletics 65 56 .537 6.0 37-27 28-29 5-5 Lost 1
Angels 62 60 .508 9.5 33-29 29-31 3-7 Lost 4
Mariners 59 64 .480 13.0 31-30 28-34 8-2 Won 6

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT HOME STAND: Three vs. Tampa Bay Rays Monday-Wednesday; three vs. Minnesota Twins Friday-Sunday; three vs. Cleveland Indians Aug. 20-22.
  • HOME STAND PROMOTIONS: Tuesday — To celebrate pitching perfection, the Mariners will turn Safeco Field into the “Supreme Court” as Felix Hernandez takes the mound against the Indians. Tuesday will mark Felix’s first start after completing the first perfect game in Mariners history Wednesday, beating the Tampa BayRays 1-0. The usual “King’s Court” section in left field for Felix’s home starts has been expanded to the “Supreme Court” for this game. The first 34,000 (in honor of his uniform number 34) fans entering the ballpark Tuesday will receive a special bright yellow “King of Perfection” T-shirt and the commemorative “K” card will include a classic photo from the perfect game on the back side. Special ticket prices will be featured Tuesday. View Level seats have been priced as low as $10 and Main Level seats as low as $30 . . . Mariners Trading Card Night . . . Salute to Japanese Baseball Night . . . Military Special Night . . . Wednesday — Grand Slam Family Package Day . . . Senior Special Day.
  • MARINERS VS. INDIANS: Mariners 160-205 all-time vs. the Twins, including 23-34 at Safeco Field. Mariners played a three-game series vs. Cleveland April 17-19, losing two of three, and were swept in a two-game series at Cleveland May 16-17. Mariners last swept a three-game series from Cleveland at Safeco Field April 22-24, 2003. Cleveland last swept Seattle at Safeco Field April 8-10, 2011.
  • LOG: Mariners have won 13 of their past 14 games at Safeco Field, the best home stretch over 14 games in club history. Mariners, who earlier in the season had the worst home record in the majors, are now 31-30 at Safeco . . . Mariners are 23-13 since the All-Star break, best record in the majors . . . Mariners have outscored their opponents 60-32 over the past 14 games at Safeco . . . Mariners have won nine straight games vs. the AL Central . . . Michael Saunders, who hit two home runs Monday and went 3-for-4, has eight hits in his past 16 at-bats. Saunders has 13 home runs, a career high . . . Trayvon Robinson had 10 outfield putouts Monday, most in club history by a left-fielder . . . When the American League named Felix Hernandez its American League Player of the Week for Aug. 13-19 Monday, he became the first Seattle pitcher so honored since Joel Pineiro was named May 7, 2006. Hernandez won the award for the first time in his career . . . Due to conflicts with Seahawks football coverage, four more Mariners games will be broadcast on KTTH 770-AM instead of 710 ESPN Seattle. The four games are Aug. 24 and Sept. 9, 16 and 30.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 17, Split 2, Lost 21 . . . Sweeps: 5; Swept: 4 . . . Longest Win Streak: 7 (July 26-Aug. 1); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. AL East: 14-23; vs. AL Central: 20-12; vs. AL West: 17-19; vs. LAA: 4-6; 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: 6, 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); Aug. 14, vs. Tampa, Eric Thames ninth-inning single scored Figgins; Aug. 18 vs. Minnesota, John Jaso sacrifice fly in ninth inning . . . Walk-Off Losses: 8, 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; Aug. 7, Adam Jones 14th-inning single off Shawn Kelley in bottom 14th; Aug. 10, Josh Kinney wild pitched in the winning run (Bourjos) with the bases loaded in the ninth inning at Anaheim  . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 8; Times Shut out by Opponent: 11; Comeback Wins: 16; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 30; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 14th (AL) in runs (483), 12th in hits (973), 13th in doubles (182), fourth in triples (22) and 13th in home runs (106) . . . Rank 13th in batting average (.234), 14th in on-base percentage (.295), 14th in slugging (.364) and 14th in OPS (.659) . . . batting 225-for-914 (.246) with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-5 Monday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .285; Hits: Kyle Seager, 108; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 68; Home Runs: Justin Smoak, 14; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 68 . . 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 third in ERA (3.72), second in hits allowed (1003), third in runs allowed (483), seventh in home runs allowed (129), third in walks (336) and sixth in strikeouts (900) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 55; Starts: Jason Vargas, 26; Wins: Vargas 13; ERA: Hernandez 2.60; Complete Games: Hernandez 4 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 4; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 18.
  • DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20), Stephen Pryor (June 2), Carter Capps (Aug. 3).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (60-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Franklin Gutierrez (7-day, June 29, concussion.
  • 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 over the Mariners at Safeco Field; Aug. 5, Raul Ibanez clubbed a three-run homer, Freddy Garcia won his 150th career game and Ichiro extended his hitting streak to 12 games as the Yankees defeated the Mariners 6-2; Aug. 6, Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth and defeated the Mariners 3-1 at Camden Yards; Aug. 7, Adam Jones walk-off single against Shawn Kelley in the bottom of the 14th gave Baltimore an 8-7 win over Seattle.

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 traded 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.
  • Aug. 15: Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in major league history, defeating Tampa Bay 1-0 at Safeco Field. Hernandez recorded 12 strikeouts in throwing the third no-hitter in franchise history . . . Mariners became the first team in MLB history to throw a perfect game and have one thrown against them.  It was also the first time two have been thrown in the same stadium in one season . . . Of the 22 previous perfect games, six were by 1-0 scores, the last by Roy Halladay May 29, 2010 at Florida. It was also the fourth 1-0 win for the Mariners this season . . .Hernandez became the second Latin American pitcher to do the deed (Nicaragua’s Dennis Martinez for Montreal July 28, 1991, against the Dodgers) . . . Hernandez became the second Latin American pitcher to do the deed (Nicaragua’s Dennis Martinez for Montreal July 28, 1991, against the Dodgers).

MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec. Home Road Day Night vs. RHP vs. LHP Hit HR No HR
59-64 31-30 28-34 16-21 42-45 39-45 20-19 39-28 18-36

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.234 .215 .249 483 106 .295 .364 .659 .246

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
59-64 3.72 1106.0 483 456 129 .243 .303 .390

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
8/21 Tue vs. Cle Felix Hernandez (11-5, 2.60) vs. Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 7.50)
8/22 Wed vs. Cle Hisashi Iwakuma (3-3, 4.16) vs. Zach McAllister (5-4, 3.64)

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 (15-11)

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 W, 4-1 44-57 W: Vargas (11-7); L: Mendoza (4-7)
102 7/27 vs. KC W, 6-1 45-57 W: Beavan (6-6); L: Guthrie (3-11)
103 7/28 vs. KC W, 4-3 46-57 W: Millwood (4-8); L: Chen (7-9)
104 7/29 vs. KC W, 7-6 47-57 W: Perez (1-2); L: Mijares (2-2)
105 7/30 vs. Tor W, 4-1 48-57 W: Iwakuma (2-2); Romero (8-8)
106 7/31 vs. Tor W, 7-2 49-57 W: Vargas (12-7); L: Laffey (2-2)

August (10-5)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
107 8/1 vs. Tor W, 5-3 50-57 W: Beavan (7-6); L: Villanueva (6-1)
108 8/3 at NYY L, 6-3 50-58 W: Sabathia (11-3); L: Millwood (4-9)
109 8/4 at NYY W, 1-0 51-58 W: Hernandez (10-5); L: Kuroda (10-8)
110 8/5 at NYY L, 6-2 51-59 W: Garcia (5-5); L: Iwakuma (2-3)
111 8/6 at Bal L, 3-1 51-60 W: Tillman (5-1); L: Vargas (12-8)
112 8/7 at Bal L, 8-7 51-61 W: O’Day (6-0); L: Kelley (2-3)
113 8/8 at Bal L, 9-2 51-62 W: Johnson (1-0); L: Millwood (4-10)
114 8/10 at LAA L, 6-5 51-63 W: Frieri (2-0); L: Kinney (0-2)
114 8/11 at LAA W, 7-4 52-63 W: Iwakuma (3-3); L: Haren (8-9)
116 8/12 at LAA W, 4-1 53-63 W: Vargas (13-8); L: Weaver (15-2)
117 8/13 vs. TB L, 4-1 53-64 W: Cobb (7-8); L: Beavan (7-7)
118 8/14 vs. TB W, 3-2 54-64 W: Pryor (2-0); L: Rodney (2-2)
119 8/15 vs. TB W, 1-0 55-64 W: Hernandez (11-5); L: Hellickson (7-8)
120 8/17 vs. Min W, 5-3 56-64 W: Iwakuma (4-3); L: Blackburn (4-9)
121 8/18 vs. Min W, 3-2 57-64 W: Wilhelmsen (4-2); L: Robertson (1-1)
122 8/19 vs. Min W, 5-1 58-64 W: Beavan (8-7); L: Deduno (4-1)
123 8/20 vs. Cle W, 5-3 59-64 W: Furbush (5-2): L: Smith (7-4)
124 8/21 vs. Cle —–
125 8/22 vs. Cle —–
126 8/24 at CWS —–
127 8/25 at CWS —–
128 8/26 at CWS —–
129 8/27 at Min —–
130 8/28 at Min —–
131 8/29 at Min
132 8/30 at Min
133 8/31 vs. LAA



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