GAME: Mariners (22-30, 4th, AL West, – 10.0 GB) at Rangers (31-19, 1st, AL West, 5.5 GA. GAME #: 53. SERIES: 3rd of 3 games. MEETING: 10th (Rangers lead 5-3). WHEN: Wednesday, 5:05 p.m., Rangers Ballpark, Arlington TX. PROBABLE PITCHERS: RHP Blake Beavan (Seattle, 2-4, 4.38) vs. LHP Derek Holland (Texas, 4-3, 4.05). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Rangers L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
Seattle’s 14-hit, 10-3 romp over the Rangers Tuesday sets up the Mariners to win a series in Texas for the first time since 2010. Now working on a one-game winning streak instead of a five-game losing skid, the Mariners will task RHP Blake Beavan with winning the series finale Wednesday. It won’t be easy.
Beaven’s opposite will be LHP Derek Holland, who has a 6-1 career record against the Mariners and is coming off a splendid outing against Toronto. Holland has already defeated Seattle once this season (April 12). A closer look at Wednesday’s probables:
MARINERS: RHP Blake Beavan (2-4, 4.38 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)
The 23-year-old Beavan, in his second major league season and second with the Mariners, will be making his 10th start and second against the Rangers. Beavan suffered a 1-0 loss to Texas April 10. He is coming off a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
A native of Irving, TX., the 6-7, 240-pound Beavan was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (17th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.
After pitching in the minor leagues from 2008-11, Beavan made his major league debut July 3 against the San Diego Padres. He worked 7 IP, allowed three hits, two walks and one earned run in a 3-1 Seattle victory at Safeco Field.
Beavan became a Mariner July 9, 2010, when the Rangers traded him, along with Matthew Lawson (minors), Josh Lueke and Justin Smoak to Seattle for Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe and cash.
Beavan, who had 15 starts for the Mariners in 2011, will take a career record of 7-10, 4.33 into Fridays game at Safeco Field.
- LAST START: May 25 at Safeco Field, lost to the Los Angeles Angels 6-4; allowed three earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; struck out one, walked two and yielded one home run; fifth quality start of the season.
- LAST VS. RANGERS: April 10, at Rangers Ballpark, suffered a 1-0 loss; allowed one earned run on six hits over 6.1 innings; struck out three, walked one in first quality start of the season.
- CAREER VS. RANGERS: 1-2, 1.71 ERA in three games, all starts, covering 21.0 innings; all four runs allowed earned; nine strikeouts to three walks; has allowed one home run.
- AT RANGERS BALLPARK: 0-1, 1.42 ERA in one game, a start, covering 6.1 innings; three strikeouts to one walk; has not allowed a home run.
- LOVES TO FACE: Michael Young (0-for-9, .000 BA), Josh Hamilton (1-for-9, .111 BA), Nelson Cruz (1-for-6, .667 BA), Elvis Andrus (2-for-9, .222 BA).
- HATES TO FACE: Alberto Gonzalez (1-for-2, .500 BA), David Murphy (4-for-9, .444 BA), Adrian Beltre (3-for-8, .375 BA).
- CURRENT RANGERS VS. BEAVAN: 15-for-75, .200 BA, one home run, nine strikeouts.
Beavan / 2012
- April 12 (L, 0-1): Worked 6.1 innings and allowed one earned run, but couldnt overcome the start by Texas Neftali Feliz, who had eight shutout innings.
- April 15 (W, 1-1): Outdueled Graham Godfrey in a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics; three earned runs on six hits over 7.0 innings; seven ground-ball outs and 16 fly-ball outs.
- April 21 (L, 1-2): Loser in Philip Humbers perfect game at Safeco Field; allowed three runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings; one home run among his 101 pitches, 70 for strikes.
- April 27 (ND, 1-2): Allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings, taking a no-decision in Seattles 9-5 win at Toronto.
- May 2 (L, 1-3): Suffered a 5-4 loss to Tampa after allowing five earned runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings; struck out one, walked two and gave up two home runs (Sean Rodriguez, Luke Scott); threw 86 pitches, 51 for strikes.
- May 7 (ND, 1-3): Took a no-decision in a 3-2 Seattle victory over Detroit; left the game in the third inning when struck by a drive from Miguel Cabrera; allowed one earned run on four hits prior to the injury.
- May 15 (L, 1-4): At Fenway Park, was the losing pitcher in Seattles 5-0 setback to the Red Sox; struck out four, walked two.
- May 20 (W, 2-4): At Coors Field, defeated the Rockies 6-4; allowed two runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings; struck out seven, walked one and allowed one home run; threw 82 pitches, 52 for strikes.
- May 25 (L, 2-5): At Safeco Field, lost to the Los Angeles Angels 6-4; allowed three earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; struck out one, walked two and yielded one home run; fifth quality start of the season.
RANGERS: LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP)
The 25-year-old Holland, in his fourth major league season, all with the Rangers, will be making his 10th start and second against the Mariners. Holland defeated the Mariners 5-3 April 12 and is coming off a 14-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
A native of Newark, OH., the 6-2, 195-pound Holland was drafted by the Rangers in the 25thround of the 2006 amateur draft.
Holland made his MLB debut April 2, 2009, working 2.1 innings of relief against the Toronto Blue Jays (no-decision). Since then, Holland primarily has been a starter (64 of 80 games).
Holland averages 7.2 strikeouts and 3.0 walks per 9 innings pitched. He has a career record of 31-25, 4.64 ERA.
- 2012: Holland has pitched into the seventh inning five times in nine starts, but has allowed five or more earned runs in three of them. Had twice allowed two runs in a game and had his worst start April 23 vs. the Yankees when the pounded him for seven earned runs in a 7-4 Texas loss; has allowed seven home runs, three of those May 19 at Houston.
- LAST START: May 25 vs. Toronto, defeated the Blue Jays 14-3; allowed two earned runs on five hits over 7.1 innings; struck out a season-high nine and walked one.
- LAST VS. MARINERS: April 12 at Rangers Ballpark, defeated Seattle 5-3; allowed two earned runs on five hits over 7.1 innings; struck out eight and walked two; allowed one home run, to Kyle Seager.
- CAREER VS. MARINERS: 6-1, 3.07 ERA in 11 games, including seven starts, covering 55.1 innings; 55 strikeouts to 13 walks; averages 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings; has allowed five home runs.
- AT RANGERS BALLPARK: 18-11, 5.19 ERA in 45 games, including 37 starts, covering 225.1 innings; averages 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings; has allowed 33 home runs.
- LOVES TO FACE: Michael Saunders (0-for-5, .000 BA), Brendan Ryan (1-for-9, .111 BA, Dustin Ackley (2-for-11, .182 BA).
- HATES TO FACE: Chone Figgins (6-for-20, .300 BA), Justin Smoak (4-for-14, .286 BA), Kyle Seager (2-for-7, .286 BA).
- CURRENT MARINERS VS. HOLLAND: 36 for 147, .245 BA, .275 OBP, 3 HRs, 38 Ks, 6 BBs.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
- CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at Texas (Monday-Wednesday), three at Chicago White Sox (Friday-Sunday), three at Los Angeles Angels (June 4-6).
- MARINERS VS. RANGERS: Mariners 262-268 all-time vs. Rangers, including 68-89 at Rangers Ballpark. Mariners and Rangers have played two series in 2012: Rangers took three of four April 9-12 in Arlington, Mariners took two of three at Safeco May 21-23. Texas leads this year’s series 5-4 after winning Tuesday. Mariners lost the 2011 season series 15-4 and haven’t beaten the Rangers in a season series since 2007. Mariners have not swept a three-game series from the Rangers in Texas since 2001. Rangers last swept Seattle in Texas Sept. 21-23, 2011.
- LATEST: The six runs scored by the Mariners in the eighth inning matched the most they have had in a frame this season (last time was April 17 vs. Cleveland). Seattle’s first seven batters reached and the Mariners batted around in a game for the first time since April 17 vs. Cleveland . . . The 10-3 win snapped a five-game losing streak, the second-longest of the season . . . Mariners handed Texas its most lopsided loss of the season . . . Ichiro’s intentional walk Tuesday was the 270th of his career, two shy of Ken Griffey Jr.’s club record 172 . . . Ichiro, 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI Tuesday, has 294 career hits vs. Texas, most by a Rangers opponent. Hall of Famer George Brett had 291 . . . Kyle Seager broke out of a 2-for-28 slide by going 3-for-5 with two doubles to raise his batting average to .265 . . . Michael Saunders matched his career high with three hits . . . Dustin Ackley is 8-for-10 with 14 RBIs in bases-loaded situations . . . Seattle’s win was just the third in 15 games for Seattle at Rangers Ballpark since the start of the 2011 season . . . Texas’ Josh Hamilton had one RBI, hiking his season total to 56 — 30 more than the Mariners’ RBI leader, Kyle Seager (26). Mariners CF Franklin Gutierrez is on a rehab assignment in Arizona, his first step at coming back from a torn right pectoral muscle suffered in spring training. It’s expected he will move along to Triple-A Tacoma before returning.
- SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 7, Split 0, Lost 9 . . . Sweeps: 2; Swept: 3 . . . Longest Win Streak: 4 (April 24-27, May 18-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. Divisions: vs. AL East: 2-10; vs. AL Central: 8-9; vs. AL West: 9-11; vs NL West: 3-0 . . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 11.0, May 28 . . . Most Runs Scored: 10, May 19 at Colorado, May 29 at Texas; Most Runs Allowed: 11, April 9 at Texas . . . Walk-Off Wins: 1, 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); Walk-Off Losses: 1, May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th . . . Times Opponent Shutout: 3; Times Shutout by Opponent: 6; Comeback Wins: 4; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 17; Largest Comeback: 3.
- BATTING: Mariners rank 10th (AL) in runs (197), 12th in hits (398), ninth in doubles (83), first in triples (11) and 10th in home runs (42) . . . Rank 13th in batting average (.229), 13th in on-base percentage (.290), 13th in slugging (.362) and 13th in OPS (.652) . . . batting 94-for-420 (.224) with runners in scoring position after going 5-for-13 Tuesday . . . out-homered 58-42 . . . left 313 men on base, opponents 309 . . .scored 197 runs, opponents 202 . . . scored 103 of 197 runs in the first four innings . . . Mariners 19-7 when scoring 4+ runs . . . Mariners have homered in 21 of last 34 games . . . batted around four times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th), May 29 at Texas (8th).
- 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 . . . Grand Slams: Michael Saunders, April 27 at Toronto; Alex Liddi, May 23 vs. Texas . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs: Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado . . . Notable: Kyle Seager’s single in the fourth inning April 17 marked the 50,000th hit in Mariners’ history; Brendan Ryan’s walk in the same frame scored Justin Smoak with the 25,000th run in franchise history . . . Montero’s 13 RBIs in April were the most by a Mariners’ rookie since 1986.
- PITCHING: Mariners rank seventh in ERA (3.90), fifth in hits allowed (407), sixth in runs allowed (208), 10th in home runs allowed (58), sixth in walks (146), eighth in strikeouts (362) . . . Felix Hernandez has 17 career no-decisions while throwing 7.0 or more innings and allowing one or fewer runs . . . Nominal closer Brandon League is 0-4 with nine saves and four blown saves . . . Mariners starters have recorded 10 games with at least 8.0 IP.
- ICHIRO (1-for-3 Tuesday) has 768 multi-hit games, which ranks fourth among active players, and No. 1 since his debut in 2001. Ichiro’s 47 games with four or more hits leads all active players . . . Three-hit game April 30 marked the 226th of his major league career . . . Ranks 97th on career hits list (2,485) and needs five to tie No. 96 Fred McGriff (2,490) and 10 to tie No. 95 Mickey Vernon (2,495) . . . Has recorded 99 outfield assists. Only Jeff Francouer, with 100, has more . . . With 96 career home runs, needs four to become the 12th Mariner with 100. Breakdown: 94 as a leadoff hitter, one batting second, one batting third.
- ODDS/ENDS: The Mariners will play one more game before their next day off Thursday . . . Mariners have two more bobblehead nights: June 15 (Felix Hernandez), July 28 (Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson).
- DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20).
- DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (15-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Franklin Gutierrez (15-day, March 28, torn pectoral muscle; plantar fascitis), Adam Moore (15-day, March 28, fractured wrist).
- 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) combine for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) six of Cleveland’s 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 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.
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|5/30||Wed||at Tex||Blake Beavan (2-4, 4.38) vs. Derek Holland (4-3, 4.05)|
|6/1||Fri||at CWS||Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.17) vs. Jake Peavy (6-1, 3.07)|
|6/2||Sat||at CWS||Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.01) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.02)|
|6/3||Sun||at CWS||Kevin Millwood (3-4, 3.56) vs. Chris Sale (6-2, 2.34)|
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|