BY SPNW Staff 07:31AM 09/12/2012

#143: Mariners Face A Piniata In Ricky Romero

The Mariners have a great opportunity to capture another series Wednesday night when they face the luckless Ricky Romero of Toronto, who has lost 12 consecutive decisions.

Toronto's Ricky Romero has been battered in 12 consecutive starts. The Mariners will face him Wednesday night at Rogers Center. / Wiki Commons

GAME: Mariners (68-73, 4th, AL West, – 16.5 GB) at Blue Jays (64-76, 4th, AL East, – 14.5 GB). GAME #: 143. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 8th (Mariners lead 4-3). WHEN: Wednesday, 4:05 p.m., Rogers Center, Toronto. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Kevin Millwood (Seattle, 5-12, 4.27). vs. LHP Ricky Romero (Toronto, 8-13, 5.85). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Blue Jays L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: ESPN 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network

The Mariners have faced a number of former Cy Young winners, all current Cy Young candidates, and a variety of All-Star-caliber pitchers this season. But they have not yet faced a pitcher with a 12-game losing streak. Ricky Romero, a Toronto left hander, is 8-13 with a 5.85 ERA, but he hasn’t recorded a win since June 22 when he defeated Miami in interleague play.

Since then, Romero has allowed four or more earned runs seven times, which helps explains the fact that he has 12 losses and one no-decision over the span.

Romero will confront Kevin Millwood, who’s had a lot of tough luck of his own this season. A closer look:

MARINERS: RHP Kevin Millwood (5-12, 4.27 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)

Kevin Millwood

In his 16th major league season and first with the Mariners, Millwood is making his 28th start and second against the Blue Jays. Millwood lost to Toronto 7-0 April 28 at the Rogers Center, and is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field Sept. 5. Millwood has just two wins since July 28, a span that also includes four losses and two no-decisions.

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

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

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

Millwood represented Atlanta in the 1999 All-Star Game.

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

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

Millwood has a career record of 168-152, 4.11 ERA.

  • LAST START: Sept. 5 at Safeco Field, defeated Boston 2-1; one earned run on four hits over 6.0 innings; three strikeouts, three walks, 92 pitches, 61 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. BLUE JAYS: April 28, lost 7-0; one earned run on seven hits over 7.0 innings; four strikeouts, two walks; 101 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • CAREER VS. BLUE JAYS: 2-8, 4.83 ERA in 13 starts covering 78.1 innings; 55 strikeouts to 25 walks; 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings; 12 home runs.
  • AT ROGERS CENTER: 1-6, 4.82 ERA in nine starts covering 56.0 innings; 41 strikeouts to 18 walks; 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings; eight home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Adam Lind (2-for-19, .105 BA), Jeff Mathis (3-for-20, .150 BA), Rajai Davis (1-for-5, 2.00 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Yunel Escobar (4-for-8, .500 BA), Jose Bautista (7-for-15, .467 BA), Yorvit Torrealba (3-for-9, .333 BA).
  • CURRENT BLUE JAYS VS. MILLWOOD: 27-for-104, .260 BA, four home runs, 18 strikeouts.

Millwood / 2012

  • April 11 (ND, 0-0): One earned run on four hits over 6 innings; a no-decision in a 4-3 Seattle victory over Texas; struck out seven, walked three; threw 103 pitches, 61 for strikes.
  • April 17 (ND, 0-0): Couldn’t hold an 8-1 lead, but took a no-decision after allowing seven runs on nine hits in four innings in Seattle’s 9-8 loss to Cleveland.
  • April 22 (L, 0-1): Shelled for the second consecutive starts (five earned runs in 6.0 IP) in a 7-4 loss to Cleveland at Safeco.
  • April 28 (L, 0-2): Lost 7-0 at Toronto despite allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 7.0 innings.
  • May 3 (L, 0-3): Dropped a 4-3 decision to Jeff Niemann and the Tampa Bay Rays, falling to 0-3; four earned runs on seven in 6.1 innings; struck out five and walked two, throwing 107 pitches, 66 for strikes.
  • May 8 (L, 0-4): Fell to Justin Verlander and Tigers 6-4 at Safeco Field; raked for five earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings; struck out six, walked two; threw 113 pitches, 68 for strikes.
  • May 13 (W, 1-4): Won his first game as a Mariner by beating New York; one earned run on three hits over 7.0 innings; struck out six, walked four; threw 90 pitches, 55 for strikes.
  • May 18 (W, 2-4): At Coors Field, threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout over the Rockies, becoming just the ninth opposing pitcher to blank the Rockies at Coors with two or fewer hits; first complete game in nine years.
  • May 23 (W, 3-4): At Safeco Field, defeated Texas 5-3; did not allow a run and only three hits in 6.0 innings, his third consecutive victory after starting out 0-4; struck out two, walked one.
  • May 28 (ND, 3-4): At Rangers Ballpark, had a no-decision in 4-2 loss; one earned run on four hits.
  • June 3 (L, 3-5): At Chicago, lost to the White Sox 4-2; four earned runs on seven hits; matched a season high with five walks (vs. four strikeouts); 95 pitches, 58 for strikes.
  • June 8 (ND, 3-5): At Safeco Field worked 6.0 innings before departing with a groin injury. Millwood became the fourth pitcher to have participated in a no-hitter and a combined no-bitter.
  • June 16 (ND, 3-5): At Safeco Field vs. San Francisco, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 7-4 victory; three earned runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings; struck out four, walked one.
  • June 22 (L, 3-6): Lost at San Diego 9-5; five earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings; struck out three and walked three; one home run.
  • June 27 (ND, 3-6): Vs Oakland at Safeco Field, took a no-decision in a 2-1 Seattle loss.
  • July 6 (ND, 3-6): At Oakland, took a no-decision in 4-1 loss; three hits and no runs over 7.0 innings; struck out seven and walked two.
  • July 13 (L, 3-7): At Safeco Field, lost to the Texas Rangers 3-2; three earned runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings; struck out four, walked two; one home run.
  • July 18 (ND, 3-7): At Kansas City, took a no-decision in an 8-7 loss to the Royals; seven earned runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings; struck out two, walked one, one home run.
  • July 23 (L, 3-8): Vs. New York, lost 4-1; three earned runs on nine hits over 7.0 innings; fanned five, walked three; threw 102 pitches, 68 for strikes.
  • July 28 (W, 4-8): At Safeco Field, defeated the Royals 4-3 and ended a streak of 10 starts without a win; one earned run on six hits over 6.1 innings; fanned three and walked one.
  • Aug. 3 (L, 4-9): At Yankee Stadium, lost 6-3; four earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings; three strikeouts, one walk, one home run; 109 pitches, 69 for strikes.
  • Aug. 8 (L, 4-10): At Baltimore, lost 9-2; four earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings; three strikeouts, one walk, one home run; 109 pitches, 69 for strikes.
  • Aug. 14 (ND, 4-10): At Safeco Field, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay; two earned runs on eight hits over 7.0 innings; season-high eight strikeouts, one walk; 102 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • Aug. 20 (ND, 4-10): At Safeco Field, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians; three earned runs on five hits in 6.0 innings; no strikeouts, three walks, one home run.
  • Aug. 26 (L, 4-11): At U.S. Cellular Field, lost 4-3; three earned runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings; three strikeouts to one walk; forced to stand in the rain for six minutes while the grounds crew worked on the field, immediately after which he gave up a massive home run.
  • Aug. 31 (L, 4-12): At Safeco Field, lost 9-1 to the Angels; four earned runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings; one strikeout to four walks; one home run; 117 pitches, 73 for strikes.
  • Sept. 5 (W, 5-12): At Safeco Field, defeated Boston 2-1; one earned run on four hits over 6.0 innings; three strikeouts, three walks, 92 pitches, 61 for strikes.

BLUE JAYS: LHP Ricky Romero (8-13, 5.85 ERA, 1.58 WHIP)

Ricky Romero

The 27-year-old Romero, in his fourth major league season, all with Toronto, will make his 29th start and third against the Mariners. Romero took a no-decision in a 9-5 loss to the Mariners April 27 in Toronto and lost to Seattle 4-1 at Safeco Field July 30. Romero is coming off a 9-4 loss to Tampa Bay Sept. 2 at the Rogers Center.

A native of Los Angeles, the 6-0, 220-pound Romero attend Cal State-Fullerton and was selected by the Blue Jays in the first round (sixth pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.

After pitching in the Toronto system from 2005, first with Auburn of the New York-Penn League, Romero made his major league debut April 9, 2009, earning the victory in the Blue Jays’ 6-2 win over Detroit; four runs on four hits over 5.0 innings.

Romero has been a fixture in the Toronto rotation ever since, going 13-9, 4.30 in 2009, 14-9, 3.73 in 2010 and 15-11, 2.92 in 2011. Romero made his first American League All-Star team last summer.

Romero has appeared just once on an American League leaderboard, that in 2010 when he led the circuit with 18 wild pitches.

Romero will bring a career record of 50-42, 4.07 into Wednesday’s game at the Rogers Center.

  • 2012: Romero has pitched into the seventh inning in 20 starts and allowed three or fewer earned runs 13 times. He won four consecutive decisions in late April and early May, had another four-game win streak from mid-May through mid-June, and has struggled since with 12 consecutive losses. Romero last won June 22 at Miami.
  • LAST START: Sept. 2 vs. Tampa Bay, lost 9-4; seven earned runs on eight hits in 1.0 innings; no strikeouts, one walk, one home run.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: July 30 at Safeco Field, lost 4-1; three earned runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings; seven strikeouts, two walks.
  • CAREER  VS. MARINERS: 1-2, 3.64 ERA in seven starts covering 47.0 innings; 42 strikeouts to 18 walks; 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
  • AT ROGERS CENTER: 27-17, 4.08 ERA in 357.1 innings; 302 strikeouts to 156 walks; 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings; 37 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Chone Figgins (0-for-8, 4 K’s), Justin Smoak (1-for-12, .083 BA), Casper Wells (1-for-7, .143 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Kyle Seager (2-for-3, .667 BA), Jesus Montero (3-for-8, .375 BA), Franklin Gutierrez (4-for-12, .333 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. ROMERO: 26-for-111, .234 BA, three home runs, 30 strikeouts.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 84 57 .596 44-25 40-32 6-4 Won 1
Athletics 81 60 .574 3.0 42-30 39-30 7-3 Won 5
Angels 77 65 .542 7.5 39-31 38-34 7-3 Lost 1
Mariners 68 74 .479 16.5 36-36 32-38 4-6 Won 1

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at Toronto Tuesday-Thursday, three at Texas (Friday-Sunday).
  • MARINERS VS. BLUE JAYS: Mariners 170-189 all-time vs. the Blue Jays, including 53-59 at Rogers Center. Mariners lost two of three in Toronto April 27-29 but swept three games from the Blue Jays July 30-Aug. 1. Mariners last swept a three-game series at Toronto June 29-July 1, 2007. Blue Jays last swept Seattle in a three-game series in Toronto July 19-21, 2011.
  • LOG: Seattle’s 4-3 victory over Toronto Tuesday, which snapped a three-game losing streak, was its 68th of the season,one more win than the Mariners had in 2011 . . . Erasmo Ramirez’s win Tuesday was the first of his major league career. He had not pitched for Seattle since June 30 . . . Tom Wilhelmsen, who got the save in relief of Ramirez, has 25 in 28 chances . . . The Mariners defeated former No. 1 pick Brandon Morrow for the first time since Seattle traded him to Toronto. He’s 3-1 against his former team . . . Seattle center fielder Franklin Gutierrez made a rare error on Kelly Johnson’s deep fly ball in the seventh. The bobble was Gutierrez’s first in 301 games. He had gone 846 chances without an error, an American League record for outfielders . . . Mariners are 32-23 since the All-Star break, the third-best mark in the AL behind Oakland and Baltimore.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 20, Split 2, Lost 24 . . . Sweeps: 6; Swept: 6 . . . Longest Win Streak: 8 (Aug. 15-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . vs. AL East: 17-24; vs. AL Central: 24-16; vs. AL West: 18-24; vs. LAA: 5-8; vs. Oak: 7-9; 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 (539), 14th in hits (1113), 14th in doubles (200), eighth in triples (24) and 11th in home runs (123) . . . Rank 14th in batting average (.233), 14th in on-base percentage (.294), 14th in slugging (.362) and 14th in OPS (.656) . . . Batting 249-for-1026 (.243) with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-10 Monday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .276; Hits: Kyle Seager, 128; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 77; Home Runs: Kyle Seager, 18; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 81 . . 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 (3.73), third in hits allowed (1171), third in runs allowed (559), fourth in home runs allowed (145), fifth in walks (393) and eighth in strikeouts (1022) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 64; Starts: Jason Vargas, 30; Wins: Vargas, 14; ERA: Hernandez 2.67; Complete Games: Hernandez 5 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 5; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 25.
  • 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 19, Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe’s 2-1 win; April 28, Brandon 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 12, Raul 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
68-74 36-36 32-38 20-24 47-52 46-52 22-22 45-33 21-41

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.233 .216 .246 539 123 .294 .362 .656 .243

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
68-74 3.73 1272.0 559 523 145 .247 .308 .393

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
9/12 Wed at Tor Kevin Millwood (5-12, 4.27) vs. Ricky Romero (8-13, 5.85)
9/13 Thr at Tor Felix Hernandez (13-7, 2.67) vs. Henderson Alvarez (8-12, 4.95)
9/14 Fri at TX Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.39) vs. Yu Darvish (14-9, 4.14)
9/15 Sat at TX Jason Vargas (14-10, 3.85) vs. Scott Feldman (6-11, 4.97)
9/16 Sun at TX Blake Beavan (9-9, 5.01) vs. Matt Harrison (15-9, tonight)

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 (4-5)

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 L, 6-1 67-72 W: Griffin (5-0); L: Hernandez (13-7)
140 9/8 vs. Oak L, 6-1 67-73 W: Anderson (4-0); L: Iwakuma (6-4)
141 9/9 vs. Oak L, 4-2 67-74 W: Milone (12-10); L: Vargas (14-10)
142 9/11 at Tor W, 4-3 68-74 W: Ramirez (1-2); L: Morrow (8-6)
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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