The Mariners allowed a season-high 21 hits in their 11-3 loss to the Angels Monday night in Anaheim. The two clubs will play the second game of a four-game series Tuesday night.
GAME: Mariners (31-40, 4th, AL West, -10.5 GB) at Angels (31-39, 3rd, AL West, -10.0 GB). GAME #: 72. SERIES: 2nd of 4 games. MEETING: 8th (Angels lead 4-3). WHEN: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m., Angels Stadium. STREAKS: Mariners L 2; Angels W 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
For most of the season’s first two months, the Mariners muddled along with two starters (Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma) they could consistently count on, one they could only count on at home (Joe Saunders) and an unpalatable mash of rotational back enders they couldn’t count on at all (Brandon Maurer, Blake Beavan, Aaron Harang).
But in the past three weeks, Harang tossed two complete-game shutouts, Saunders actually won a game on the road, and newcomer Jeremy Bonderman, following a flame out in his first start in more than two years, delivered All-Star caliber outings in consecutive starts.
Naturally, with things seemingly looking up, Harang went out against the L.A. Angels Monday and pitched a stinker, getting banged around for four earned runs on 12 hits in 5.0 innings as the Mariners allowed 21 overall in an 11-3 loss.
The Mariners need to stay away from Disneyland. They have played three games at Angels Stadium this season and lost all three — 12-0, 7-1 and 11-3. In those combined 30-4 beatings, Mariner pitchers have allowed 48 hits. In its past two outings, against Oakland and L.A., the Seattle staff has allowed 21 runs on 38 hits.
Bonderman will be tasked Tuesday with taming the Angels, who had two players, Albert Pujols and Alberto Callaspo, produce four-hit games Monday. Bonderman has done well in his past two outings and will oppose Joe Blanton, who hasn’t done well all season. Blanton is the major league leader in losses with 10. A closer look:
MARINERS: RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.01 WHIP)
The 30-year-old Bonderman, a Kennewick, WA., native in his ninth major league season and first with Seattle, will make his fourth start and first against the Angels. After getting shelled in his first start (June 2) in more than two years, the former Detroit Tiger has allowed just one earned run in his last two outings covering 14.0 innings while taking his ERA from 13.50 to 3.86.
ANGELS: RHP Joe Blanton (1-10, 5.87 ERA, 1.63 WHIP)
The 32-year-old Blanton, a Bowling Green, KY., native in his 10th major league season and first with the Angels, will make his 14th start and second against the Mariners. No Angel pitcher has paid the price for L.A.’s underachieving season more than Blanton, who leads the major leagues with 10 losses, including a 3-2 setback to Seattle April 27. Blanton collected his only win May 23 against Kansas city, but has lost three consecutive decisions since.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|6/18||Tue||at LAA||RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (1-10)|
|6/19||Wed||at LAA||LHP Joe Saunders (5-6) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (5-5)|
|6/20||Thr||at LAA||RHP Felix Hernandez (8-4) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (4-2)|