Originally written June 10, 2012 on isportsweb.com:
All in all, it’s been a good couple of weeks for the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners find themselves getting some national attention, the first since Philip Humber threw a perfect game against them. Last week, the Mariners scored a MLB season-high 21 runs in a game against the Rangers. Then, on Friday, six Seattle Mariners combined to throw a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kevin Millwood started the game, and he threw six innings before leaving with an injury. Millwood became the 4th MLB pitcher to throw a complete game no hitter and be part of another one. The Mariners bullpen, who has been solid all season, picked up the slack with five relievers (Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmsen) finishing the job and getting Seattle a 1-0 victory. The Dodgers, the best team in MLB, bounced back and took the final two games in the series. Seattle find themselves at 27-35, 8.5 games back of Texas for the A.L. West lead.
Good News: Any time you throw a no-hitter against the best team in baseball, it is a spectacular accomplishment. But, overall, this has been a bad week for Seattle pitching. The Mariners did start the week by taking two of three against the Angels in Anaheim, after being swept four straight in Seattle. Unlike typical Mariner victories, they did it with their bats. The Angles scored six runs in every game in the series, but the Mariners won twice by the score of 8-6. Michael Saunders had a monster road-trip to spark Seattle’s success. He went 19-for-39 in the nine game road trip before the Dodger series with 2 HR and 5 RBI. His average went from .224 to .277, and he is now tied for the team lead in batting average with Kyle Seager. Speaking of Seager, he was the offensive hero in the 1-0 Friday no hitter hitting a RBI single with two out, his 23rd two-out RBI of the season. Kevin Millwood became the 4th MLB pitcher to throw a complete game no hitter and be part of another one, when he started a six-person 1-0 no hitter for the Seattle Mariners Friday night. Bad News: Felix Hernandez has some back problems where Seattle had to move around the rotation. Without their ace, what has been a Mariner strength has been a forgettable week despite the 3-3 record. The Mariners gave up six runs to the Angels every game; they gave up 8 runs to the Dodgers twice in two losses. Hector Noesi was moved up because of the Hernandez injury, and he struggled on Wednesday giving up 6 ER and 5 BB in 4 IP in Seattle’s 8-6 win, no figuring in the decision. Blake Beavan took two losses on the week, after not losing since May 15th. In his second start of the week, the Dodgers jumped all over Beavan as Seattle found themselves in 6-1 hole after two innings. Beavan gave up 5 hits and 6 ER in 2 IP. Although the offense is playing much better these days, Brendan Ryan and Mike Carp continue to struggle. Ryan went 0-for-2 today to drop his season average to .159; Carp went 0-for-3 to watch his average fall to .157.
On the Horizon: Playing more complete games with increased offensive production, Seattle went 3-3 against the two L.A. teams: the Angels and Dodgers. After a day off tomorrow, the Mariners will welcome in the San Diego Padres. The Padres come into Seattle at 20-41, last place in the N.L. West. San Diego hasn’t won a series since their last series against an A.L. opponent, the Angels. The rotation looks to bounce back with Felix Hernandez schedule to go on Tuesday in the series opener followed by Hector Noesi and Friday’s hero Kevin Millwood.
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