American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 10th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (51-62) at LA Angels of Anaheim (59-53), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.63)
LA Angels - Ervin Santana (5-10, 5.83)
(Sports Network) - Things don't figure to get any easier for the Los Angeles
Angels on Friday when Seattle ace Felix Hernandez takes the hill, aiming to
extend the Angels' 23-inning scoreless streak on their home field.
The road wasn't all that much kinder to LA, which is coming off a 4-6 trek,
culminated by losing two of three in Oakland. The A's won the rubber match of
that series on Wednesday when Yoenis Cespedes' go-ahead, two-run single
highlighted a five-run sixth inning as Oakland downed the Angels, 9-8.
Kendrys Morales cracked a pair of long balls for the Angels, who have dropped
six of their last eight games overall.
"When you score eight runs you have to find a way to win a ballgame," said
Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We didn't get it done."
The Mariners, meanwhile, have lost four straight overall after getting swept
in a three-game series with Baltimore.
The Orioles' Steve Johnson struck out nine over six innings in his first major
league start, as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 9-2 victory Wednesday
night in Charm City.
Kevin Millwood (4-10) was tagged for eight hits and seven runs over four
innings and faltered to 1-6 over his last 13 starts.
"We didn't make any errors, but we didn't make any plays," Mariners manager
Eric Wedge said. "There were four or five different things that happened early
on that just can't happen. We're not doing what we need to be doing out there
Hernandez is coming off a brilliant two-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the New
York Yankees on Saturday, Seattle's last victory. The former AL Cy Young Award
winner is 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA since his last loss. Overall, though, he is just
6-10 with a 3.80 ERA against LA.
"That was just special stuff today," Wedge said after watching Hernandez
handcuff the Yankees. "I thought it was the most impressive start that I've
ever seen as a manager."
Trying to match Hernandez on Friday will be right-hander Ervin Santana, who
has pitched better recently after getting skipped in the rotation. The veteran
gave up three runs in six innings during his last start, a 6-5 10-inning win
over Chicago on Saturday. Santana is 11-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 career starts
versus the M's.
"Hopefully he's turned the corner on some things," Scioscia told the team's
LA has taken five of seven over Seattle so far this season.
08/10 10:48:04 ET