BY SPNW Staff 07:49AM 09/07/2012

#139: Felix Faces Teetering Athletics Friday

The Mariners, with 67 wins, matched their victory total from 2011 with 24 left to play. But they play only one more club with a losing record (Toronto).

Dustin Ackley is 6-for-6 with the bases loaded and less than two outs, and 7-for-11 overall with the sacks full. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

GAME: Athletics (76-60, 2nd, AL West, – 5.5 GB) at Mariners (67-71, 4th, AL West, – 15.5 GB). GAME #: 139. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING: 14th (Mariners lead 7-6). WHEN: Friday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP A.J. Griffin (Oakland, 4-0, 2.26) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (Seattle, 13-6, 2.51). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Athletics L 3. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: ESPN 710-AM (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network

Most preseason forecasts had the Oakland Athletics, against whom the Mariners started the season in Japan in March, battling Seattle for third place in the AL West, conceding the top two spots to the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels. Instead, Oakland is in the thick of the wild card race and even has an opportunity to overtake the Rangers.

But when the Athletics begin a three-game series with the Mariners Friday, Seattle has an opportunity to send the A’s to their first losing streak of at least four games since a nine-game skid from May 22-June 1. The A’s ended a nine-game winning streak by dropping all three in a home series with the suddenly hot Angels by a combined score of 21-5.

In addition, starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy is in stable condition after cranial surgery Wednesday for a skull fracture and brain contusion after he was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar. McCarthy was able to walk off the field on his own, but swelling dictated emergency surgery to relieve the pressure from swelling.

With Felix Hernandez pitching, the Mariners would seem to stand a good chance. However, A.J. Griffin, whom Hernandez will oppose, has put up some very good numbers lately. He’s 4-0 with a 2.26 ERA in nine starts and has a 1.50 ERA in three road outings.

The Mariners have 24 games remaining and 21 will come against contenders, including six apiece against the Athletics (74-61), Angels (74-63) and Rangers (81-55), as well as three against the Orioles (76-60). Only three at Toronto (61-75) next week lacks playoff implications: A closer look:

MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (13-6, 2.51 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)

Felix Hernandez

The 26-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, makes his 29th start and fifth against the Athletics. Hernandez opened the 2012 season by making three consecutive starts against the Athletics, coming away with two victories and a loss. He last faced the A’s July 8 and suffered a 2-1 defeat. Hernandez is coming off a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, his first defeat since June 12.

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 22 of his 26 starts and into the eighth inning 11 times.

Hernandez, who threw a perfect game vs. Tampa Bay Aug. 15, has allowed two or fewer runs in a game 17 times and has struck out 10 or more batters in a game five times. He is the American League leader in shutouts with five in ERA at 2.51. He has thrown four 1-0 wins this season, the third pitcher since 1969 to accomplish that feat (also Ferguson Jenkins in 1974 and Bert Blyleven in 1976).

Hernandez has a career record of 97-73, 3.15 in 233 starts.

  • LAST START: Sept. 1 at Safeco Field, lost to the Angels 5-2, his first defeat after winning nine in a row; four earned runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings; seven walks to two strikeouts; 119 pitches, 86 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. ATHLETICS: July 8 at Oakland, lost 2-1; one earned run on six hits in 7.2 innings; six strikeouts to three walks; 114 pitches, 67 for strikes.
  • CAREER VS. ATHLETICS: 13-5, 2.63 ERA in 25 starts covering 174.1 innings; 167 strikeouts to 53 walks; 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings; 1.13 WHIP; 13 home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 51-33, 3.09 ERA in 116 starts covering 8.05 innings; 765 strikeouts to 225 walks; 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings; 63 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Brandon Inge (4-for-22, .182 BA), Jonny Gomes (2-for-10, .200 BA), Jemile Weeks (4-for-20, .200 BA), Josh Reddick (4-for-19, .211 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Cliff Pennington (11-for-37, .297 BA).
  • CURRENT ATHLETICS VS. HERNANDEZ: 54-for-244, .221 BA, two home runs, 68 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.
  • Aug. 21 (W, 12-5): At Safeco Field, defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-1; one earned run on seven hits in 7.2 innings; five strikeouts to one walk; 105 pitches, 70 for strikes.
  • Aug. 10 (W, 13-5): At Anaheim, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 6-5 loss; four earned runs on five hits in 7.0 innings; three strikeouts to one walk; one home run.
  • Sept. 1 (L, 13-6): At Safeco Field, lost to the Angels 5-2; four earned runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings; seven walks to two strikeouts; 119 pitches, 86 for strikes.

ATHLETICS: RHP A.J. Griffin (4-0, 2.26 ERA, 0.89 WHIP)

The 24-year-old Griffin, in his first major league season, makes his 10th start and first against the Mariners. Griffin has won all four of his decisions and is coming off a 7-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox Sept. 1 at the Oakland Coliseum.

A native of El Cajon, CA., Griffin attended Grossmont High School and the University of San Diego and signed with the Athletics after they selected him in the 13th round of the 2010 amateur draft. He pitched in Oakland’s minor league system until June 24, 2012, when he made his major league debut against the San Francisco Giants.

Griffin worked 6.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits but came away with a no-decision in Oakland’s 4-2 victory.

Griffin has worked into the seventh inning in just two of his starts, but has allowed three or fewer earned runs in all nine of them. He had his best outing June 29 at Texas, limiting the Angels to two hits in 6.0 innings.

  • 2012: Before going down with a shoulder injury Aug. 4, Griffin was on a pace for an outstanding rookie season. In his first seven major league starts, he went at least six innings and never gave up more than three runs. Griffin started the 2012 season at AAA Sacramento, where he went 4-2 in 10 starts with a 3.07 ERA.
  • LAST START: Sept. 1 vs. Boston, won 7-1; one run on three hits in 7.0 innings; five strikeouts to no walks; 91 pitches, 63 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: Never faced.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: No record.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: Never pitched.
  • LOVES/HATES TO FACE: Never faced.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 82 55 .599 43-25 39-30 7-3 Won 2
Athletics 76 60 .559 5.5 42-30 34-30 7-3 Lost 3
Angels 74 63 .540 8.0 36-29 38-34 8-2 Won 3
Mariners 67 71 .486 15.5 36-33 31-38 6-4 Won 1

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT HOME STAND: Three vs. L.A. Angels, three vs. the Boston Red Sox, three vs. Oakland Athletics Friday-Sunday.
  • MARINERS VS. ATHLETICS: Mariners 224-298 all-time vs. the Athletics, including 65-55 at Safeco Field. Mariners took three of four to open the season in Tokyo and Oakland, then took two of three in Seattle April 13-15. Oakland took two of three at Safeco June 25-27. Mariners last won a three-game series from Oakland at Safeco Field Aug. 1-3, 2011. Oakland last took a three-game series from Seattle Aug. 4-6, 2006.
  • LOG: With their 2-1 win over Boston Wednesday, the Mariners matched their win total from the 2011 season, 67 games, with 24 games remaining. . . Mariners have won 11 of their past 14 contests . . . Kevin Millwood’s victory Wednesday was his first since July 28 . . . Dustin Ackley is 6-for-6 with the bases loaded and less than two out. Overall, he is 7-for-11 and has 12 RBIs with the bases full . . . Michael Saunders missed 10 of the club’s last 11 games while recovering from a groin pull he sustained in an outfield collision with Eric Thames. Manager Erik Wedge said Saunders should be available Friday . . . Wedge said the club is working on a plan to give Hector Noesi and Erasmo Ramirez at least a start each before the end of the season.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 20, Split 2, Lost 23 . . . Sweeps: 6; Swept: 5 . . . Longest Win Streak: 8 (Aug. 15-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . vs. AL East: 16-24; vs. AL Central: 24-16; vs. AL West: 18-21; vs. LAA: 5-8; 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: 9, April 30 at Tampa Bay, Elliott Johnson, RBI single in 12th off Brandon League; 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; Aug. 24, Paul Konerko double in ninth off Wilhelmsen . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 9; Times Shut out by Opponent: 12; Comeback Wins: 21; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 33; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 14th (AL) in runs (531), 14th in hits (1076), 14th in doubles (194), eighth in triples (23) and 11th in home runs (121) . . . Rank 14th in batting average (.232), 14th in on-base percentage (.294), 14th in slugging (.362) and 14th in OPS (.656) . . . Batting 247-for-1005 (.246) with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-10 Wednesday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .270; Hits: Kyle Seager, 123; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 76; Home Runs: Kyle Seager, 16; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 78 . . Batted around seven 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), Aug. 24 at Chicago (9th).
  • 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 (3): Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado; Miguel Olivo, Dustin Ackley, 8th inning, July 2, vs. Baltimore; Franklin Gutierrez, Kyle Seager, 3rd inning, Sept. 4, vs. Boston.
  • PITCHING: Mariners third in ERA (3.71), third in hits allowed (1135), third in runs allowed (540), sixth in home runs allowed (141), fifth in walks (383) and seventh strikeouts (990) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 63; Starts: Jason Vargas, 29; Wins: Vargas, 14; ERA: Hernandez 2.51; Complete Games: Hernandez 5 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 5; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 24.
  • 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), Luis Jimenez (Sept. 5).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (60-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle).
  • 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
67-71 36-33 31-38 20-23 46-50 45-50 22-21 44-33 21-38

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.232 .216 .246 531 121 .294 .362 .656 .246

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
67-71 3.71 1236.0 540 509 141 .245 .306 .390

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
9/7 Fri vs. Oak Felix Hernandez (13-6, 2.51) vs. A.J. Griffin (4-0, 2.26)
9/8 Sat vs. Oak Hisashi Iwakuma (6-3, 3.14) vs. Brett Anderson (3-0, 0.90)
9/9 Sun vs. Oak Jason Vargas (14-9, 3.80) vs. Tommy Milone (11-10, 3.94)

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 (15-12)

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 L, 9-8 61-65 W: Reed (3-1); L: Wilhelmsen (4-3)
127 8/25 at CWS L, 5-3 61-66 W:  Jones (6-0); L: Beavan (8-8)
128 8/26 at CWS L, 4-3 61-67 W: Jones (7-0); L: Millwood (4-11)
129 8/27 at Min W, 1-0 62-67 W: Hernandez (13-5); L: Hendriks (0-7)
130 8/28 at Min W, 5-2 63-67 W: Iwakuma (5-3); L: Diamond (10-6)
131 8/29 at Min L, 10-0 63-68 W: Deduno (5-2); L: Vargas (13-9)
132 8/30 at Min W, 5-4 64-68 W: Beavan (9-8); L: Duensing (3-10)
133 8/31 vs. LAA L, 9-1 64-69 W: Haren (9-10); L: Millwood (4-12)

September (3-2)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
134 9/1 vs. LAA L, 5-2 64-70 W: Santana (8-11); L: Hernandez (13-6)
135 9/2 vs. LAA W, 2-1 65-70 W: Iwakuma (6-3); L: Weaver (16-4)
136 9/3 vs. Bos W, 4-1 66-70 W: Vargas (14-9); L: Buchholz (11-5)
137 9/4 vs. Bos L, 4-3 66-71 W: Lester (9-11); L: Beavan (9-9)
138 9/5 vs. Bos W, 2-1 67-71 W: Millwood (5-12); L: Cook (3-9)
139 9/7 vs. Oak
140 9/8 vs. Oak
141 9/9 vs. Oak
142 9/11 at Tor
143 9/12 at Tor
144 9/13 at Tor
145 9/14 at Tex
146 9/15 at Tex
147 9/16 at Tex
148 9/17 vs. Bal
149 9/18 vs. Bal
150 9/19 vs. Bal
151 9/21 vs. Tex
152 9/22 vs. Tex
153 9/23 vs. Tex
154 9/25 at LAA
155 9/26 at LAA
156 9/27 at LAA
157 9/28 at Oak
158 9/29 at Oak
159 9/30 at Oak

October

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
160 10/1 vs. LAA
161 10/2 vs. LAA
162 10/3 vs. LAA



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