After Aaron Harang’s spectacular performance Monday, the Mariners will go for their third win in a row Tuesday behind rookie Brandon Maurer.
GAME: Padres (22-28, 4th, NL West, -6.0 GB) at Mariners (22-29, 4th, AL West, -10.5 GB). GAME #: 52. SERIES: 2nd of 2 games. MEETING: 2nd (Mariners lead 1-0). WHEN: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners W 2; Padres L 2. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
The Mariners haven’t produced a three-game winning streak since May 1-4, nearly a month ago, but will ride — for them, anyway — a wave of momentum into their chance for a trifecta Tuesday. On the heels of a 13th-inning walk-off win Saturday (Texas) and a 9-0 triumph Monday (San Diego), Seattle can sweep its two-game series with the Padres when Brandon Maurer opposes Edinson Volquez.
It will take some doing for Maurer to come close to matching what Aaron Harang accomplished Sunday — a four-hit, complete-game shutout of the Padres in which he fanned eight for the seventh blanking of his career. Seattle manager Eric Wedge would probably settle for a little bit more consistency out of the rookie Maurer, who alternates decent-to-good outings with horrid ones.
Maurer’s last one was horrid: seven earned runs on 11 hits in 3.0 innings. But he produced a quality start in his previous outing, three earned runs on five hits in 6.0 innings, only to come away with a no-decision.
Small sample size, but Volquez has been tough on the Mariners with a 3-0 record and 2.67 ERA in six career starts.
MARINERS: RHP Brandon Maurer (2-6, 6.80 ERA, 1.67 WHIP)
The 22-year-old Maurer, a Newport Beach, CA., native in his first season in the majors, will make his 10th start and first against the Padres. Maurer has lost his last three decisions and given up 17 earned runs in his past four starts. Maurer, making the jump from AA to the majors, hasn’t won since beating the Angels April 25.
PADRES: Edinson Volquez (3-5, 5.76 ERA, 1.57 WHIP)
The 29-year-old Volquez, a Dominican in his ninth major league season and second with San Diego, will make his 11th start and first against the Mariners. Volquez has had a streaky year. He opened with three consecutive losses, followed with three wins in a row and has dropped his last two. He has pitched into the sixth inning seven times and had his best performance April 24 against Milwaukee when he did not allow an earned run in 7.0 innings.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|5/28||Tue||vs. SD||RHP Brandon Maurer (2-6) RHP Edinson Volquez (3-5)|
|5/29||Wed||at SD||LHP Joe Saunders (3-5) vs. LHP Eric Stults (4-4)|
|5/30||Thr||at SD||RHP Felix Hernandez (5-3) vs. Andrew Cashner (3-2)|