BY SPNW Staff 08:05AM 09/29/2012

#158: Vargas Ends 'Career Year' Saturday Vs. A's

Six months to the day after Seattle and Oakland opened the season in the Tokyo Dome, the A’s beat the Mariners 8-2 to win the season series by a 10-7 margin with two to play.

First baseman Justin Smoak, who struggled for most of the season, is hitting .343 (24-for-70) with five home runs in September. / Wiki Commons

GAME: Mariners (73-84, 4th, AL West, – 19.0 GB) at Athletics (89-68, 2nd, AL West, – 3.0 GB). GAME #: 158. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 18th (Athletics lead 10-7). WHEN: Saturday, 1:07 p.m., Oakland Coliseum. PROBABLE PITCHERS: LHP Jason Vargas (Seattle, 14-11, 3.94) vs. RHP Dan Straily (Oakland, 2-1, 3.60). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Athletics W 1. TV: No TV. RADIO: ESPN 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network

Jason Vargas will make his final start of the season Saturday afternoon in what, for him, has been a career year. He’s won a personal best 14 games, worked 210.1 innings, and his 33rd start will also establish a career high. His start against Oakland will be his sixth against the No. 2 club in the AL West, and he’s posted a 2-1 record 2.36 ERA against the A’s.

But Vargas hasn’t won since Sept. 3 when he defeated the Boston Red Sox, with the Athletics starting his three-start winless streak Sept. 9. Saturday, Vargas will oppose rookie Dan Straily, who is coming off an eight-strikeout performance against the Texas Rangers. A closer look:

MARINERS: LHP Jason Vargas (14-11, 3.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)

jason Vargas

The 29-year-old Vargas, in his seventh major league season and fifth with the Mariners, will make his league-high 33nd start and sixth against the Athletics. Vargas, the American League Pitcher of the Month for July, is 2-1, 2.66 ERA against the Athletics this season and most recently dropped a 4-2 to them at Safeco Field Sept. 9. Vargas, seeking his 15th victory, is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers and has lost his last two starts.

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 41-48, 4.38 ERA, including 35-40, 4.11 ERA with the Mariners.

Vargas has had just three outings of less than five innings this year, and has lost three of his past four decisions.

  • LAST START: Sept. 23 at Safeco Field, lost to Texas 3-2; three earned runs on eight hits over 8.0 innings; three strikeouts, two walks, two home runs; 106 pitches, 68 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. ATHLETICS: Sept. 9 at Safeco Field, lost 4-2; three earned runs on four hits over 7.0 innings; six strikeouts, three walks, one home run; 105 pitches, 66 for strikes.
  • CAREER VS. ATHLETICS: 5-5, 3.29 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts, covering 82.0 innings; 71 strikeouts to 21 walks; nine home runs.
  • AT OAKLAND COLISEUM: 2-3, 3.32 ERA in seven games, including six starts, covering 40.2 innings; 29 strikeouts to 10 walks; five home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Chris Carter (0-for-10, .000 BA), Jonny Gomes (1-for-12, .083 BA), Yoenis Cespedes (2-for-13, .154 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Adam Rosales (3-for-8, .375 BA), Coco Crisp (10-for-33, .333 BA), Daric Barton (4-for-12, .333 BA).
  • CURRENT ATHLETICS VS. VARGAS: 42-for-195, .215 BA, seven home runs, 46 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.
  • Aug. 24 (ND, 13-8): At U.S. Cellular Field, took a no-decision in a 9-8 walk-off loss to Chicago;  six earned runs, including three homers, on seven hits in a season-low 4.0 innings; two strikeouts to no walks.
  • Aug. 29 (L, 13-9): At Minneapolis, lost 10-0; five earned runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings; five strikeouts to two walks; two home runs.
  • Sept. 3 (W, 14-9): At Safeco Field, defeated Boston 4-1; one earned run on six hits over 7.0 innings; five strikeouts, no walks; 102 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • Sept. 9 (L, 14-10): At Safeco Field, lost to Oakland 4-2; three earned runs on four hits over 7.0 innings; six strikeouts to three walks; one home run; 101 pitches, 61 for strikes.
  • Sept. 15 (ND, 14-10): At Texas, took a no-decision in Seattle’s 8-6 victory; four earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings; four strikeouts, three walks, one home run; 104 pitches, 58 for strikes.
  • Sept. 23 (L, 14-11): At Safeco Field, lost to Texas 3-2; three earned runs on eight hits over 8.0 innings; three strikeouts, two walks, two home runs; 106 pitches, 68 for strikes.

ATHLETICS: RHP Dan Straily (2-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)

Dan Straily

The 23-year-old Straily, in his first major leaague season, will make his seventh start and first against the Mariners. Straily has won two of his three decisions and is coming off a no-decision in Oakland’s 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers in Arlington Sept. 24.

A native of Huntington, WV., the 6-2, 215-pound Straily attended Marshall University and signed with the Athletics after they selected him in the 24th round of the 2009 amateur draft. Straily pitched in Oakland’s minor league system until Aug. 3, 2012, when he made his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched 6.0 innings but did not factor in the decision.

Straily did not factor in the decision in his second start Aug. 8 against the Angels, but collected his first major league victory Aug. 16 at Kansas City when he did not allow a run in 6.1 innings. Strailey also won his second start, Sept. 11 at Angels Stadium, and then dropped his third, Sept. 16 vs. Baltimore.

  • 2012: Prior to joining the Athletics, Straily pitched for the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League. He went 6-3, 2.02 in 11 starts.
  • LAST START: Sept. 24 at Texas, took a no-decision in Oakland’s 5-4 loss; one earned run on five hits in 6.2 innings; eight strikeouts to two walks, one home run; 99 pitches, 59 for strikeouts.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: Never faced.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: No record.
  • AT OAKLAND COLISEUM: 0-1, 5.87 ERA in three starts covering 15.1 innings; 11 strikeouts to seven walks; six home runs.
  • LOVES/HATES TO FACE: Has never faced a member of the Mariners roster.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 92 65 .586 49-30 43-35 5-5 Lost 1
Athletics 89 68 .567 3.0 45-31 44-37 5-5 Won 1
Angels 87 70 .554 5.0 46-35 41-35 7-3 Won 1
Mariners 73 84 .465 19.0 38-40 35-44 3-7 Lost 1

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at L.A. Angels, three at Oakland.
  • MARINERS VS. ATHLETICS: Mariners 224-302 all-time vs. the Athletics, including 95-167 at Oakland Coliseum. Mariners last swept a three-game series at Oakland Sept. 17-19, 2007. Athletics last swept in Oakland Sept. 2-4, 2011.
  • LOG: Oakland’s 8-2 win Friday came six months to the day after the Athletics and Mariners kicked off the season in Japan’s Tokyo Dome . . . With Friday’s win, the A’s clinched the season series 10-7 . . . With home runs from Trayvon Robinson and Michael Saunders Friday, the Mariners have now homered in 17 straight games, the second-longest streak in franchise history and two shy of the club record of 19, set in 1999 . . . The Mariners have committed 12 errors in their last 13 games . . . Franklin Gutierrez was held out of the lineup after crashing into a wall in Anaheim. Manager Eric Wedge said he expects Gutierrez to play the season’s final five games . . . Felix Hernandez said Friday that he will play for Venezuela in the 2013 World Baseball Classic . . . Saturday’s game at Oakland will not be televised . . . The season finale Wednesday, scheduled for 7:10 p.m., will start at 3:40 p.m.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 22, Split 2, Lost 27 . . . Sweeps: 6; Swept: 7 . . . Longest Win Streak: 8 (Aug. 15-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . vs. AL East: 18-28; vs. AL Central: 24-16; vs. AL West: 22-30; vs. LAA: 6-10; vs. Oak: 7-10; vs. Tex: 9-10; vs. NL West: 8-10; vs. Interleague: 8-10 . . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 19.0, Sept. 27 . . . 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: 10, 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; Sept. 24, Torii single in ninth of Steven Pryor . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 10; Times Shut out by Opponent: 12; Comeback Wins: 21; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 34; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 14th (AL) in runs (591), 14th in hits (1240), 13th in doubles (227), eighth in triples (26) and 11th in home runs (144) . . . Rank 14th in batting average (.233) . . . 14th in on-base percentage (.295), 14th in slugging (.367) and 14th in OPS (.661) . . . Batting 272-for-1153 (.236) with runners in scoring position after going 0-for-7 Friday . . . Batting Average: John Jaso, .276; Hits: Kyle Seager, 148; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 83; Home Runs: Justin Smoak, 19; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 82 . . 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 (3.75), third in hits allowed (1310), third in runs allowed (630), fifth in home runs allowed (162), fourth in walks (434) and 10th in strikeouts (1124) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 71; Starts: Jason Vargas, Felix Hernandez, 32; Wins: Vargas, 14; ERA: Hernandez 2.86; Complete Games: Hernandez 5 . . . Shutouts: Hernandez 5; Saves: Wilhelmsen, 29.
  • 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), Carlos Triunfel (Sept. 7).
  • 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 Ibanez had 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; Sept. 17, Chris Tillman beat the Mariners for the fourth time in 2012 and Adam Jones scored four runs in Baltimore’s 10-4 victory; Sept. 19, Adam Jones game-winning home run in the 11th gave Baltimore a 3-1 win.

2012 RECORDS / MILESTONES

  • April 24: Catcher Miguel Olivo matched the franchise record when he was charged with three passed balls in a 7-4 win at Detroit. Jerry Narron let three balls get by him Oct. 4, 1980, and Jeff Clement did likewise Aug. 10, 2008 (Clement was catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey).
  • April 27: Michael Saunders joined Donnie Scott (April 29, 1985) and Jimmy Presley (April 8, 1986) as the only Mariners to hit two home runs in a game in the ninth inning or later (solo homer in the 9th, grand slam in the 10th).
  • April 30: When both Miguel Olivo and Jesus Montero homered, it marked the first time in franchise history that two players had homered in the same game as a catcher.
  • May 2: Ichiro set a club record for most putouts by a right fielder in a nine-inning game, registering 10 in a 5-4 loss at Tampa.
  • May 3: The Mariners featured a lineup at Tampa Bay that included seven left- handed hitters and two switch-hitters. It marked only the third time in club history that the Mariners used an all left-sided lineup. Others: Aug. 13, 1983 at California and Aug. 9, 1983 at Oakland.
  • May 5: Combined one-hitter by Felix Hernandez and Steve Delabar vs. Minnesota was the 13th in Mariners history. Ten have been thrown by one pitcher, three combined. Most recent combined: Michael Pineda, Jeff Gray and Brandon League vs. Tampa, July 30, 2011. Most recent by one pitcher: Jarrod Washburn, July 6, 2009.
  • May 9: When John Jaso batted leadoff against Detroit, it marked the first time since 1978 that a catcher had hit first for the Marines (Bob Stinson). Oddly, lefty Jaso led off against Tiger lefty Drew Smyly.
  • May 8: Kevin Millwood’s 2-0 shutout marked his first in nearly nine years. He did not surrender his first hit until there were two outs in the sixth. Millwood’s gem marked only the fourth time in 1,440 games at Coors Field that an opposing pitcher held the Rockies to two hits or less while shutting them out. Millwood’s complete game also was the first by a Mariner in 2012.
  • May 27: The pinch-hit grand slam allowed by Felix Hernandez to Alberto Callaspo marked just the sixth against the Mariners in 35 years, and the first since May 6, 1988 when Pat Sheridan of Detroit hit one off Mike Jackson.
  • May 30: Mariners defeated Texas 21-8, just the third time in franchise history they have scored 20 or more runs in a game. The Mariners, with 20 hits, became the first team since 1880 to score 20 runs in a game in the same season it also go perfect-oed.
  • June 8: Kevin Millwood and five relievers collaborated for the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at Safeco Field. Millwood (6.0), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2), and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0) tied the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (Houston vs. the Yankees June 11, 2003). It marked the third no-hitter in Mariners history.
  • June 18: Aaron Hill of Arizona hit for the cycle in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first (Hector Noesi), tripled in the third (Noesi), doubled in the fifth (Noesi) and homered in the seventh (Shawn Kelley).
  • June 19: Ichiro reached 2,500 hits (first-inning single) in the fourth-fewest games in major league history during a 12-9 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 2,500th hit came in his 1,817th game. Al Simmons had 2,500 hits in 1,784 games, Ty Cobb in 1,790 and George Sisler in 1,808 . . . When Kyle Seager and Brendan Ryan both hit three-run homers in the fifth inning, it marked the first time since July 30, 2003 vs. Detroit that the Mariners had a pair of three-run bombs in the same inning. In that July 30, 2003 game, John Olerud hit a three-run homer and Randy Winn a grand slam in the first inning.
  • July 1: One-time Mariner farmhand David Ortiz of the Red Sox hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning, giving Boston a 2-1 win over the Mariners.
  • July 3: In Seattle’s 6-3 win over Baltimore at Safeco Field, The Mariners had three Japanese players in the starting lineup – Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki and Hisashi Iwakuma – for the first time in major league history.
  • July 23: Mariners 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).
  • Sept. 18: Seattle’s 18-inning, 4-2 loss to Baltimore at Safeco Field marked the second-longest home game in Mariners history and the longest — 5:44 — in terms of time since a 5:47 marathon at Texas in June 2004. The only longer game in terms of innings was a 19-inning affair against the Boston Red Sox Aug. 1, 2000.
  • Sept 25: The Mariners whiffed an MLB record-tying 20 times in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners also struck out 20 times against the Boston Red Sox April 29, 1986,

MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec. Home Road Day Night vs. RHP vs. LHP Hit HR No HR
73-84 38-40 35-44 22-28 51-55 48-54 25-29 52-44 21-39

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.233 .217 .247 591 144 .295 .367 .661 .236

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
73-84 3.75 1412.1 630 587 162 .247 .307 .393

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
9/29 Sat at Oak Jason Vargas (14-11, 3.94) vs. Dan Straily (2-1, 3.60)
9/30 Sun at Oak Erasmo Ramirez (1-3, 3.42) vs. Tommy Milone (13-10, 3.74)

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 (9-15)

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 W, 3-2 69-74 W: Millwood (6-12); Romero (8-14)
144 9/13 at Tor L, 8-3 69-75 W: Alvarez (9-12); L: Hernandez (13-8)
145 9/14 at Tex L, 9-3 69-76 W: Darvish (15-9); L: Iwakuma (6-5)
146 9/15 at Tex W, 8-6 70-76 W: Luetge (2-1); L: Scheppers (1-1)
147 9/16 at Tex L, 2-1 70-77 W: Harrison (17-9); L: Beavan (9-10)
148 9/17 vs. Bal L, 10-4 70-78 W: Tillman (8-2); L: Noesi (2-12)
149 9/18 vs. Bal L, 4-2 70-79 W: Hunter (5-8); L: Luetge (2-2)
150 9/19 vs. Bal L, 3-1 70-80 W: Ayala (5-4); L: Kinney (0-3)
151 9/21 vs. Tex W, 6-3 71-80 W: Iwakuma (7-5); L: Perez (1-2)
152 9/22 vs. Tex W, 1-0 72-80 W: Beavan (10-10); L: Harrison (17-10)
153 9/23 vs. Tex L, 3-2 72-81 W: Dempster (12-7); L: Vargas (14-11)
154 9/25 at LAA L, 5-4 72-82 W: Greinke (15-5); L: Ramirez (1-3)
155 9/26 at LAA L, 4-3 72-83 W: Frieri (5-2): L: Pryor (3-1)
156 9/27 at LAA W, 9-4 73-83 W: Iwakuma (8-5); L: Haren (12-12)
157 9/28 at Oak L, 8-2 73-84 W: Griffin (7-1); L: Beavan (10-11)
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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