American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 19th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (31-40) at LA Angels of Anaheim (31-39), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Joe Saunders (5-6, 4.80)
LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (5-5, 3.90)
(Sports Network) - C.J. Wilson tries to continue his mastery of the Seattle
Mariners on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue a four-
game series against their American League West rivals at Angel Stadium.
Wilson has owned the Mariners since the start of the 2011 season, posting a
remarkable 7-1 record with a 2.24 ERA in nine starts. He's also struck 65
batters in 60 1/3 innings in that time and has beaten them the last four times
he has faced them.
He's 13-5 lifetime against Seattle with a 3.75 ERA in 52 appearances, 15 of
which have been starts.
The left-hander snapped a personal two-game losing streak on Friday against
the New York Yankees, as he allowed a pair of runs and five hits in seven
innings to improve to 5-5, while lowering his ERA to 3.90
"A win's a win. I'll take a pretty win or an ugly win, or whatever," said
Wilson. "I'm very motivated to pitch deep into the game, and pitching a lot of
innings is really what separates the good pitchers from the really good
pitchers. I'm just trying to get back up to that level where I feel like I
deserve to be."
Seattle, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Joe Saunders, who is 5-6 with a
4.80 ERA. Saunders picked up his first road win of the season on Friday in
Oakland with a terrific effort that saw him surrender a run and five hits in
Even with the win, he is a mere 1-4 in seven starts away from home this season
with a 7.58 ERA.
Saunders, who spent the first five-plus years of his career with the Angels,
lost his only other start to them.
Seattle snapped a two-game losing streak on Tuesday, as Kendrys Morales drove
in the winning run in the 10th inning to lead the Mariners to a 3-2 win.
With two outs in the 10th, Kyle Seager smoked a double down the right field
line. Morales then followed with a liner off Garrett Richards (2-4) that just
went off the glove of Erick Aybar at short, landing in shallow center to score
Seager for a 3-2 lead.
Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak homered for the Mariners, who won for the fifth
time in eight chances. Jeremy Bonderman went six innings in the start and gave
up just one run on six hits with three walks. Charlie Furbush (1-3) got the
final out of the ninth to pick up the win.
Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo homered for the Angels, who lost for only the
second time in their last six games. Joe Blanton tied a season-high with 11
strikeouts and gave up two runs, both homers, on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.
"We didn't execute in a couple areas during the game," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "On the offensive side, guys in scoring position, we had
trouble tonight, but we just didn't do enough things during the ballgame to
kind of get a handle on it."
Los Angeles has split its eight matchups with the Mariners this season.
06/19 10:41:57 ET