MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Seattle2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 340
Baltimore4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 581
  W: A. Brooks (6-8)   L: F. Hernández (1-7)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 20, 2019
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 11,714

Mariners ride winning streak into Baltimore

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Seattle is 9-2 against Baltimore since the start of last season, its best record versus any AL opponent over that span. That includes a 3-1 record in four games this year (all in Seattle), in which they've scored 8.0 runs per contest.
  2. Seattle has won five straight games, including a three-game mid-week sweep of the Pirates in Pittsburgh. It was the Mariners' first road sweep of three or more games since April 8-11 in Kansas City (four games).
  3. Baltimore has lost four straight home games, and nine of its last 10. The Orioles are 23-55 (.295) at home this season, its most home losses and lowest home win percentage in a season since moving to Baltimore in 1954.
  4. Over his current seven-game hit streak, Trey Mancini is batting .469 (15/32) with four home runs and 16 RBI. He's the first player in Orioles history (since 1954) with as many as 15 hits and 16 RBI over a seven-game span.
  5. Kyle Lewis is batting .306 with five home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.111 OPS through nine career games. He's the first Mariner all-time with five or more homers within his first 10 career games.
  6. Since picking up a win in his first start of the year on April 1 against the Angels, Felix Hernandez is 0-6 with a 6.75 ERA in 12 starts. It's the most consecutive winless starts of Hernandez's career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

Seattle is coming to Baltimore for its lone visit of 2019, and the streaking Mariners will play an Orioles team that's once again struggling. The two teams play a weekend series that begins on Friday.

The Mariners are heading to Baltimore riding a five-game winning streak after a 6-5 victory over the host Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon. Seattle got the win in 11 innings when Shed Long scored on a double play.

That victory completed a three-game sweep of the Pirates, and in the Mariners' previous series, they won the final two games against the Chicago White Sox.

Long has been a big help to the Mariners since they moved him to the leadoff spot. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in Thursday's win, and he is 14-for-36 (.389) in the eight games since being moved to the top spot.

The 24-year-old rookie said he wants to leave a good impression in the final two weeks of this season heading into 2020.

"Every game for me is important, but definitely these last few games of the year," Long told "I definitely want to finish strong, where my name is always in the back of their heads for any considerations for next year."

Felix Hernandez (1-6, 6.31 ERA) will make what could be one of his last starts for the Mariners -- he's a free agent after the season -- and has a 6-4 career mark and a 3.36 ERA in 17 starts against the Orioles.

Seattle (65-88) has a bunch of young players trying to show their talents this September, so in the offseason, it will be interesting to see what the Mariners do about Hernandez. The veteran right-hander has been with the team since 2005.

Left-hander Richard Bleier is going to make his first major league start for Baltimore on Friday, the Orioles said after Thursday's loss. Bleier (3-0, 5.63) will basically be an opener with Aaron Brooks picking up more innings after him.

Bleier has made three appearances against the Mariners in his career, with no wins or losses and a 3.00 ERA in three total innings.

Baltimore has lost four straight, the latest an 8-4 loss to Toronto on Thursday night. The Orioles slipped to 49-104 for the season, the first year of the team's rebuilding process.

The team is looking toward the future, which is why they made the decision to shut down pitcher Hunter Harvey on Wednesday. Manager Brandon Hyde told the media that Harvey had been coming back a bit slowly from some soreness in his biceps, so the team decided to be cautious.

Harvey almost was at his innings limit and has had a number of health problems during his minor league days.

"We just feel he's thrown enough, and we're really happy with the year he's had and want him to take the offseason to get ready for spring training," Hyde told the media. "There are (nine) games to go, and we don't feel it's necessary to have him pitch any more."

In seven appearances, all in relief, Hunter is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA over 6 1/3 innings.

Trey Mancini continued his hot hitting in Thursday's loss. He went 4-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles. Mancini has gone 15-for-32 while on a seven-game hitting streak, including four homers and 16 RBI.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2019

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