American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 3
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (57-53) at Baltimore Orioles (61-48), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06)
Baltimore - Chris Tillman (7-5, 3.97)
(SportsNetwork.com) - In the final game between them this regular season, the
Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles will clash at Camden Yards on Sunday
Seattle avenged a 2-1 loss to Baltimore on Friday with a 6-3 victory on
Saturday to even the three-game series.
Robinson Cano launched a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Kendrys
Morales drove in two runs with a single in the ninth to power the Mariners to
their third win in the last five games.
"That's a good recipe for winning," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said
afterward. "Robby came through big time for us there. He loves hitting in this
ball park, and tonight was indicative of that."
Dominic Leone tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter James Paxton
to claim the victory.
Miguel Gonzalez surrendered four runs on seven hits in just five innings to
fall to 5-6 on the year.
Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with a double and Caleb Joseph had a double and a
home run, his fourth of the season.
"It cost us the game. We had a base open there and he's a dangerous hitter,"
said Joseph of Cano's home run. "We've done the best we can to minimize his
damage. He's a great player. He took advantage of a mistake. We all want it
back, but that's baseball."
Baltimore has lost two of its last three games, but remains 2 1/2 games ahead
of Toronto for first place in the AL East.
Sunday's pitching matchup features Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma going up against
Baltimore's Chris Tillman.
It is difficult to get much attention as a Seattle pitcher with Felix
Hernandez grabbing the majority of headlines, but Iwakuma deserves a great
deal of praise as well. The 33-year-old right-hander is 9-5 with a 3.05 ERA
and, like Hernandez, he has a WHIP below one (0.994). Iwakuma has also made
great strides in driving his walk rate down. He is allowing a free pass just
0.7 times per nine innings and his 10.44 strikeout per walk ratio is the best
in the bigs.
Iwakuma did allow a single walk in his last start, ending a streak of five
starts without one, but he still got the win in the contest, allowing just two
runs over seven innings in a 5-2 triumph over Cleveland.
In the start prior to that one Iwakuma faced Baltimore for the first time this
season. He did not have as much success against the Orioles, allowing four
runs over his seven innings of work. Seattle also lost the game, 4-0. It was
just his second career start against Baltimore.
Tillman has not faced the Mariners this season, but he should be excited to do
so considering he is 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA in five career starts against them.
His season stats have not been as spectacular, as he comes into Sunday with a
7-5 record and an ERA just below 4.00. He saw that second number rise slightly
after his last start, when he allowed five runs, three earned, over five
innings of work against the Angels. Baltimore still managed to win the game,
although Tillman did not factor in the decision. The win ended a three-game
losing streak for the Orioles in games Tillman pitched.
Baltimore won three out of four against Seattle last weekend.
08/03 10:35:31 ET