American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 12
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (22-44) at Seattle Mariners (29-37), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Jordan Lyles (3-1, 4.03)
Seattle - Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 6.75)
(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners go for the series sweep on Wednesday
when they wrap up a 10-game homestand against the Houston Astros at Safeco
After claiming a 3-2 victory in Monday's series opener, Seattle notched a 4-0
win on Tuesday behind a gem from Aaron Harang. The veteran right-hander tossed
his second shutout in four starts, as he allowed only two hits and struck out
10 while walking nobody.
"Some days you go out there and feel great and can throw any pitch whenever
you want in a count, and other days, you just pray you can throw one pitch for
a strike," Harang said. "When you can throw any pitch for strikes and get
ahead early, it makes all the difference in the world."
Raul Ibanez supplied all the offense the M's would need with his team-high
13th home run and second in as many nights.
The Astros have been outscored, 23-7, during their current six-game losing
streak. It marks the fourth time this season they have lost six in a row.
"We've gone through a slump before, but this one's really kind of getting to
us," Bud Norris said after taking Tuesday's loss. "The guys are going out and
playing hard, and that's not the problem, but they're not going to lay over
for us either. We need to keep picking up both sides of the ball and playing
as a unit."
Jordan Lyles will try to keep the Astros from losing a season-worst seventh
straight game. Over his last five starts, Lyles is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA.
Against Kansas City on Friday, Lyles allowed two runs over seven innings for a
Seattle will turn to Jeremy Bonderman, who is coming off his first win in
three seasons against the Yankees on Friday. The right-hander, who had
reconstructive elbow surgery in 2012, allowed just one run on three hits over
six innings. It was a stark contrast from his previous outing in Minnesota,
where he was chased after giving up seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.
"I'm definitely very happy with getting the win, and being back on a big
league field is something you don't take for granted," Bonderman said after
Friday's start. "It's just fun to have the opportunity to go out and play."
Houston and Seattle have split eight meetings this season.
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