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Friday, June 8th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (37-21) at Seattle Mariners (26-33), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Nathan Eovaldi (0-2, 2.84)
Seattle - Kevin Millwood (3-5, 3.90)
(Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners didn't dominate over their recent road
trip, but did put together a winning trip thanks to some hot bats. They'll
hope yesterday's off day didn't cool things off as they open a three-game
series tonight with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Mariners went 5-4 on a nine-game swing through Texas, Chicago and Los
Angeles and scored 66 runs over the trip. Seattle hit .281 and clubbed 14
homers over the swing, which was highlighted with a 21-8 victory over the
Rangers on May 30.
The M's took the rubber match of a three-game set with the Angels on Wednesday
8-4. Kyle Seager had a pair of two-run singles and Michael Saunders continued
his hot hitting with three hits a pair of runs scored. Saunders batted .487 on
the road trip with five doubles, two homers and five RBI.
"This was a good road trip for us," said Seager. "We're playing with a lot of
confidence right now. Any time you're winning, you're going to have a lot more
Mike Carp drove in two runs and Ichiro Suzuki added a homer, two RBI and three
runs scored in victory.
Seattle will look to support starter Kevin Millwood tonight as the righty aims
to rebound from a shaky outing last time out.
Millwood went 3-0 with a 0.67 earned run average in four starts -- a span that
included 17 straight scoreless innings -- before a loss to the White Sox on
Sunday in which he gave up four runs on seven hits and five walks over just
four innings. It was Millwood's shortest outing in nine starts and dropped him
to 3-5 with a 3.90 ERA in 11 games this season.
"I wasn't locating my fastball very well," said Millwood. "They just found
some holes and I walked too many guys. I just wasn't able to make pitches when
I needed to."
The 37-year-old has struggled in four home starts this season, going 1-2 with
a 7.08 ERA. In 11 career starts against the Dodgers, he is 6-3 with a 2.84
Los Angeles heads back to the West Coast following a four-game sweep in
Philadelphia. The Dodgers, who had lost six of seven prior to the set, took
three one-run games to open the series before capping it off with yesterday's
8-3 win. It was a tight contest throughout until L.A. broke things open with a
"With the exception of that one inning where we ended up getting ahead by a
bunch, the series was a one-run game throughout," remarked catcher Matt
Treanor, who had a pair of hits and an RBI. "That's the mentality we're going
to have to take throughout the season."
James Loney went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and came up with a big
hit in the Dodgers' three-run come-from-behind sixth inning. Aaron Harang
battled through some early pressure to go six strong innings, allowing three
runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked one in his 100th career
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will face the Mariners for the first time in his
career as he makes his third start of 2012 for the Dodgers.
Eovaldi has pitched well in his first two outings, but has been handed a pair
of one-run losses. The Dodgers have scored just one run in the 12 2/3 innings
he has been on the hill.
The 22-year-old took a loss at Colorado on Sunday, charged with three runs --
two earned -- on five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. he threw a
career-high 102 pitches and has a 2.84 ERA on the season.
In 12 career outings, including eight starts, Eovaldi is 1-4 with a 3.42 ERA.
The Mariners have won each of their past four series with the Dodgers,
including the most recent encounters in Los Angeles in 2009. These clubs are
meeting in Seattle for the first time since 2000.
06/08 10:58:29 ET