BY SPNW Staff 08:38AM 08/24/2012

#126: Sox Series Will Show If Mariners For Real

The Mariners, 3-16 at Chicago since 2008, have to beat a certified Mariners killer in White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy, in order to extend their 8-game win streak.

Dating to his days in San Diego, Chicago's Jake Peavy always brutalized the Mariners. He's 5-1, 2.22 against them. He pitches for the White Sox Friday. / Wiki Commons

GAME: Mariners (61-64, 4th, AL West, – 12.5 GB) at White Sox (68-55, 1st, AL Central, + 1.5 GA). GAME #: 126. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING: 7th (White Sox lead 5-1). WHEN: Friday, 5:10 p.m., U.S. Cellular Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: LHP Jason Vargas (Seattle, 13-8, 3.53) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (Chicago, 9-9, 3.11). STREAKS: Mariners W 8; White Sox W 3. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KTTH 770-AM (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

If relatively recent history is a guide, the best of times for the Mariners could turn ugly in a hurry when they play the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series beginning Friday night. The Mariners are just 3-16 at U.S. Cellular Field since the start of 2008, and are 1-5 against Chicago this season. Plus, Friday they face Jake Peavy.

Mariners starters, fueled primarily by Felix Hernandez, are 17-6 with a 2.59 ERA with 151 strikeouts and 23 quality starts over their past 32 outings. They’ll need all of that when they face the first-place White Sox, who rank No. 2 in the AL in home runs, No. 4 in runs scored, No. 6 in OPS and No. 6 in slugging percentage.

Hernandez won’t pitch in this series, the best matchup of which will take place Friday night when Jason Vargas faces Peavy. Vargas has won six of his last seven decisions and Peavy has always been hell on the Mariners. A closer look:

MARINERS: LHP Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.53 ERA, 1.13 WHIP)

Jason Vargas

The 29-year-old Vargas, in his seventh major league season and fifth with the Mariners, will make his league-high 27th start and first against the White Sox. Vargas, the American League Pitcher of the Month for July, has won six of his past seven decisions and is coming off a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field Aug. 18.

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 41-47, 4.30 ERA, including 33-39, 4.01 ERA with the Mariners. Vargas’ run of six wins in his last seven decisions follows two no-decisions and three straight losses.

  • LAST START: Aug. 18 vs. Minnesota at Safeco Field, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 victory; two earned runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings; two strikeouts vs. one walk, no home runs; 113 pitches, 76 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. WHITE SOX: Aug. 28, 2011 at Safeco Field, lost 9-3; nine earned runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings; two strikeouts to two walks, two home runs; 101 pitches, 66 for strikes.
  • CAREER VS. WHITE SOX: 0-1, 6.93 in five games, including four starts, covering 24.2 innings; 13 strikeouts to seven walks; 4.7 strikeouts per nine innings; 1.54 WHIP, six home runs.
  • AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD: 0-0, 4.91 ERA in three starts covering 18.1 innings; 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings; four home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Brent Morel (0-for-6, .000 BA), A.J. Pierzynski (0-for-6, .000 BA), Orlando Hudson (1-for-7, .143 BA), Alex Rios (2-for-11, .182 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Dayan Viciedo (3-for-4, .750 BA), Paul Konerko (6-for-11, .545 BA), Gordon Beckham (5-for-11, .455 BA).
  • CURRENT WHITE SOX VS. VARGAS: 28-for-83, .337 BA, five home runs, 11 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): 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): 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): 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): Two earned runs on four hits over 6.0 innings and suffered the loss to the Blue Jays; struck out four, walked three; season-high 111 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • May 4 (ND, 3-2): No-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota at Safeco Field; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; one run on five hits over 8.0 innings; struck out six, walked two, 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; three earned runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings; struck out three, walked three, two home runs.
  • July 21 (W, 10-7): At Tampa Bay, won 2-1; one unearned run on seven hits in 6.0 innings; struck out five, walked three, threw 108 pitches, 67 for strikes.
  • July 26 (W, 11-7): At Safeco Field, defeated Kansas City 4-1 for his 11th win; one earned run on one hit over 8.0 innings; struck out five and walked three.
  • July 31 (W, 12-7): At Safeco Field, defeated Toronto 7-2; two earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; four strikeouts, two walks, no home runs; 103 pitches, 70 for strikes.
  • Aug. 6 (L, 12-8): At Baltimore, lost 3-1; three earned runs on eight hits over 8.0 innings; two strikeouts, no walks, one home run; 105 pitches, 73 for strikes.
  • Aug. 12 (W, 13-8): At Anaheim, pitched his best game of the season, allowing one earned run on seven hits in 8.1 innings; five strikeouts, one walk; 96 pitches, 69 for strikes.
  • Aug. 18 (ND, 13-8): Vs. Minnesota at Safeco Field, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 victory; two earned runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings; two strikeouts vs. one walk, no home runs; 113 pitches, 76 for strikes.

WHITE SOX: RHP Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.11 ERA, 1.08 WHIP)

Jake Peavy

The 30-year-old Peavy, in his 11th major league season and fourth with the White Sox, will make his 25th start and second against the Mariners. Peavy had a no-decision against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners June 1 and U.S. Cellular Field and is coming off a 9-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals Aug. 18 at Kauffman Stadium.

A native of Mobile, AL., the 6-1, 195-pound Peavy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round of the 1999 amateur draft.

Peavy pitched in the San Diego system until June 22, 2002, when he made his major league debut, losing 1-0 to Ted Lilly and the New York Yankees. Peavy allowed one run on three hits in 6.1 innings.

Peavy went 6-7 in  2002 and remained with San Diego through part of 2009. He reached double figures in victories six times in eight years, recording a high of 19 in 2007.

He made the National League All Star team in 2005 and 2007, won the NL’s Cy Young Award in 2007, led the league in ERA in 2004 (2.27) and 2007 (2.54), in wins (19) in 2007, in strikeouts in 2005 (216) and 2007 (240) and in WHIP in 2007 (1.061).

Peavy enjoyed his best season in 2007, winning the National League Triple Crown of pitching with 19 wins, 240 strikeouts and a 2.54 ERA.

In 2009, after twice nixing a trade to the White Sox, Peavy finally agreed. The trading deadline deal sent him to the White Sox for Clayton Rickhard, Aaron Poreda, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter.

Since joining the White Sox, Peavy has gone 23-14, 4.17 (he had a 3.29 ERA with the Padres).

For his career, Peavy is 118-90, 3.44 ERA.

  • 2012: Peavy won six of his first seven decisions but has lost eight of his past 11. He is 2-4 in his last six outings. He has pitched into the seventh inning 15 times and has allowed three or fewer earned runs 19 times. Peavy threw a  shutout at Oakland April 23, and has been shelled (5+ earned runs) three times.
  • LAST START: Aug. 18 at Chicago, lost 9-4; three earned runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings; six strikeouts to one walk, one home run; 110 pitches, 72 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: June 1, a no-decision in Chicago’s 7-4 win at U.S. Cellular Field; two earned runs on three hits in 6.1 innings; four strikes, three walks.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 5-1, 2.21 ERA in eight starts, covering 53.0 innings; 45 strikeouts to 11 walks; 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings; four home runs.
  • AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD: 13-12, 4.25 ERA in 32 games, including 31 starts, covering 197.0 innings; 183 strikeouts to 56 walks; 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings; 18 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Chone Figgins (0-for-4, .000 BA), Michael Saunders (0-for-2, .000 BA), John Jaso (1-for-5, .200 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Dustin Ackley (2-for-4, .500 BA), Miguel Olivo (3-for-10, .333 BA), Kyle Seager (2-for-6, .333 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. PEAVY: 11-for-49, .224 BA, two home runs, 14 strikeouts.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 73 51 .589 39-23 34-28 6-4 Won 2
Athletics 67 57 .540 6.0 39-27 28-30 6-4 Lost 1
Angels 65 60 .520 8.5 33-29 32-31 5-5 Won 3
Mariners 61 64 .488 12.5 33-30 28-34 9-1 Won 8

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at Chicago White Sox Friday-Sunday, four at Minnesota Twins Monday-Thursday.
  • MARINERS VS. WHITE SOX: Mariners 181-217 all-time vs. the White Sox, including 43-70 at U.S. Cellular Field. Mariners were swept in a three-game series at Safeco April 20-22; played a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field June 1-3 and lost two. Mariners last swept a three-game series at Chicago May 2-4, 2003. White Sox last swept Seattle in Chicago April 23-25, 2010.
  • LOG: Mariners have won a season-high eight in a row, the club’s longest winning streak since a nine-game blitz from June 23-July 1, 2007 . . . Mariners have two winning streaks of at least seven games this season, first year that’s happened since 2001 . . . Mariners are 33-30 at home, and haven’t had a winning record at Safeco Field since 2009 . . . Mariners have won four series since the All-Star break, a major league high . . . Seattle has won 11 consecutive against the AL Central and are 21-7 in their last 28 against that division . . . Mariners have won 15 of last 16 at Safeco, the best 16-game stretch in club history . . . Seattle’s sweep of the Indians was its first at Safeco since 2003 . . . Due to conflicts with Seahawks football coverage, four Mariners games will be broadcast on KTTH 770-AM instead of 710 ESPN Seattle: Friday and Sept. 9, 16 and 30.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 18, Split 2, Lost 21 . . . Sweeps: 6; Swept: 4 . . . Longest Win Streak: 8 (Aug. 15-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. AL East: 14-23; vs. AL Central: 21-12; 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 (491), 12th in hits (983), 13th in doubles (185), fifth in triples (22) and 12th in home runs (109) . . . Rank 13th in batting average (.233), 14th in on-base percentage (.294), 14th in slugging (.364) and 14th in OPS (.659) . . . batting 228-for-922 (.247) with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-6 Wednesday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .289; Hits: Kyle Seager, 111; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 68; Home Runs: Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders, 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 (3.68), second in hits allowed (1019), third in runs allowed (485), fifth in home runs allowed (129), third in walks (343) and sixth in strikeouts (916) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 56; Starts: Jason Vargas, Felix Hernandez, 26; Wins: Vargas 13; ERA: Hernandez 2.54; Complete Games: Hernandez 4 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 4; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 19.
  • 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).

MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec. Home Road Day Night vs. RHP vs. LHP Hit HR No HR
61-64 33-30 28-34 17-21 43-45 41-45 20-19 41-28 18-36

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.233 .213 .249 491 109 .294 .364 .659 .247

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
61-64 3.68 1124.0 485 458 129 .243 .303 .388

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
8/24 Fri at CWS Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.53) vs. Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.11)
8/25 Sat at CWS Blake Beavan (8-7, 5.00) vs. Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.76)
8/26 Sun at CWS Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.29) vs. Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.56)

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 (12-5)

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 W, 5-1 60-64 W: F. Hernandez (12-5); L: R. Hernandez (0-2)
125 8/22 vs. Cle W, 3-1 61-64 W: Pryor (3-0); L: Pestano (3-1)
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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