The Seattle Mariners started their latest ten game road trip in grand fashion, winning their first four games. They then dropped their last six, including all four games to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are tied for best record in the American League, and it was a competitive series for Seattle losing three games by one run and the other by two. The Mariners then finally returned home, to see their losing streak go to a season high seven games losing to Minnesota 3-2. Seattle then righted the ship winning the last two games and taking the series. When it was all said and done after today’s win, the Mariners stand at 13-17 on the season, third place in the A.L. West and six games behind the division leading Texas Rangers.
Good News. You can’t say enough about Felix Hernandez’s performance on Saturday night. He took the mound with the Mariners owning a seven game losing streak, and he did what aces do. He busted the streak by throwing eight scoreless innings in a 7-0 Mariners victory. Hernandez limited the Twins to one hit while striking out nine. The Mariners didn’t miss a beat today in the rubber match of the series. The offense was sparked by Jesus Montero lining a two-run double in the first inning as the Mariners had a 4-0 lead after the second inning that they did not relinquish. Hector Noesi, who has struggled since coming over from the Yankees in an off season trade, ran with the early lead and didn’t look back. Noesi moved his record to 2-3 by limiting the Twins to four hits and one earned run over seven innings. It was quite the series for Mariners pitching who held the Twins to five runs in three games.
Bad News. The Mariners’ slide went to a season high seven games dropping the series opener Friday to the Twins, who have the worst record in the Major Leagues as of Sunday’s games. To add insult to injury, the Mariners gave up three runs in the seventh Friday to lose 3-2. Those runs were the first for the Twins in 25 innings. Michael Saunders was the hero last Friday in Toronto, but the outfielder struggled against the Twins in this series going 1-for-9 dropping his average on the season to .217.
On the Horizon. The Mariners will complete their six game home stand by welcoming in the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers come into Seattle at 14-13, having taken two of three from the White Sox at home. The last time these two teams played Seattle stunned Detroit by sweeping the Tigers three straight games at Detroit. Unlike last series, though, the Mariners will see former Mariner Doug Fister and A.L. Cy Young winner from last season Justin Verlander. The Mariners will line up Blake Beavan, Kevin Millwood, and Jason Vargas to counter. Beavan is coming off his worst start of the season, but he has given up 3 ER or less in four of his five starts. Millwood, who will face off against Verlander on Tuesday, is still looking for his first win as a Seattle Mariner having dropped his last three starts.