Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 20th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (30-40) at Arizona Diamondbacks (33-35), 3:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Jason Vargas (7-6, 3.95)
Arizona - Trevor Cahill (5-5, 3.08)
(Sports Network) - Trevor Cahill hopes to continue a tour of his former
division with a fourth straight victory this afternoon as the Arizona
Diamondbacks wrap a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.
Cahill spent his first three big-league seasons with the Athletics after
getting selected by the club in the second round of the 2006 draft. That
tenure included an 18-8 mark and 2.97 earned run average in 2010 and he won
another 12 games last season before getting dealt to Arizona in December in a
The right-hander has been a bit up-and-down so far this season, but has
certainly hit the apex of his campaign so far by posting a 0.77 ERA over a
three-start winning streak to open June. Cahill picked up his first victory in
six starts by tossing a six-hit shutout at San Diego on June 3, then beat his
former Oakland team six days later by scattering two runs over 7 1/3 frames.
Cahill extended his run on Friday at the Angels, hurling seven-plus scoreless
frames while working around three hits and two walks. The 24-year-old also
fanned a season-high eight to even his season record at 5-5 through 13 starts
with a 3.08 ERA.
"I felt good tonight. I was able to mix it up and put guys away," Cahill said.
"I had good defensive support. I had all four pitches working."
Cahill will make the 12th start of his career against the Mariners tonight and
is 4-4 with a 2.94 ERA over the previous encounters.
Seattle's Jason Vargas will try to keep Arizona's bats in the ballpark this
afternoon, an issue that has plagued him as of late.
The left-hander has been tagged for 10 homers over his last seven starts, a
span in which he has allowed at least three runs each time out. He dropped his
second straight start on Friday versus the Giants despite matching a season
high with eight innings pitched as he allowed four runs on 10 hits, two homers
and two walks.
"That's kind of what's been happening. The last [seven] starts, the home runs
are what's killed it," Vargas told Seattle's official website.
The 29-year-old has fallen to 7-6 with a 3.95 ERA in 15 starts on the season
and is a perfect 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in three previous outings versus the
Tuesday's contest between these clubs saw them combine for six home runs
before the Mariners managed a 12-9 victory thanks to three runs in the 10th
inning. They came without the longball as Casper Wells hit a pinch-hit, two-
run single and later scored on Ichiro Suzuki's double.
Ichiro ended with four hits and surpassed 2,500 career hits in his major
league career. Kyle Seager and Brendan Ryan hit three-run homers and Justin
Smoak added a solo homer as Seattle won for the third time in four games.
"We've got some good young players here and I know we're a little bit
inconsistent at times but we're getting more and more consistent offensively,"
said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "To be able to put a big inning together
like that ... says a great deal."
Seattle rebounded after having a seven-game win streak over Arizona snapped
with Monday's series-opening loss. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, saw their six-
game home winning streak come to an end despite homers by Gerardo Parra, Aaron
Hill and Paul Goldschmidt.
06/20 10:20:59 ET