The Mariners, who absorbed a 7-2 loss Tuesday, will conclude their three-game series with Baltimore Wednesday, take Thursday off, then begin a series in Toronto Friday.
GAME: Orioles (16-11, 3rd, AL East, -2.5 GB) at Mariners (12-17, 3rd, AL West, -6.5 GB). GAME #: 30. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING: 3rd (series tied 1-1). WHEN: Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Orioles W 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
In case you missed Tuesday night’s Mariners-Orioles game, all you need to know is that reliever Blake Beavan began warming up in the Seattle bullpen — with one out in the first inning. Starter Brandon Maurer settled down — sort of — after giving up up four hits and throwing two wild pitches, but never got past the fourth inning in what became a 7-2 Seattle defeat.
The Mariners had a chance to win four in a row for the first time this season. Instead, they will try to start a new winning streak when they face the Orioles in the last of a three-game series Wednesday night. The Mariners will be looking to win their second straight series after not winning one until the end of April.
With Aaron Harang pitching, it won’t be easy — if his first three starts are any indication. Harang is 0-3 with an 11.37 ERA since he was acquired via trade during the second week of the season.
He allowed five earned runs in three innings against the Angels Friday. Wednesday, he’ll face Wei-Yin Chen, who had a dominant, eight-inning outing against Oakland in his last start. A closer look at the probables:
MARINERS: RHP Aaron Harang (0-3, 11.37, 1.97 WHIP)
The 34-year-old Harang, a San Diego native in his 12th major league season and first with the Mariners, will make his fourth start and first against the Orioles. Harang, who replaced Blake Beavan as Seattle’s No. 5 starter April 16, has lost all of his starts and has yet to pitch past five innings. He had his best outing in his Seattle debut, holding the Detroit Tigers to three earned runs. Since then, Harang has surrendered 13 earned runs on 14 hits.
ORIOLES: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-2, 2.53 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Chen, a Taiwan native in his second major league season, both with Baltimore, will make his sixth start and first against the Mariners. Signed by the Orioles as an amateur free agent in 2012, Chen has won back-to-back starts after opening the season with a no-decision and consecutive losses. In his last two starts, covering 14.0 innings, he has allowed just five hits and one earned run.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|5/1||Wed||vs. Bal||RHP Aaron Harang (0-2) LHP Wei-Yin Chen (1-2)|
|5/3||Fri||at Tor||RHP Felix Hernndez (3-2) vs. TBA|
|5/4||Sat||at Tor||RHP Joe Saunders (1-3) vs. TBA|
|5/5||Sun||at Tor||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1) vs. Brandon Morrow (0-2)|