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Mariners Pregame: M’s pinching in, lineups and starters

Seattle Mariners’ Guillermo Heredia, left, celebrates with Jarrod Dyson, right, after Heredia hit a walk-off RBI to score Dyson and give the Mariners a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners’ Guillermo Heredia, left, celebrates with Jarrod Dyson, right, after Heredia hit a walk-off RBI to score Dyson and give the Mariners a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

The Seattle Mariners (20-22) host the Chicago White Sox (17-22) in the second of a four-game series at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.

Guillermo Heredia hit a walk-off single as a pinch-hitter in Thursday’s 5-4 win over Chicago. As a club, Seattle pinch-hitters are hitting .300 (6 for 20) with one triple, seven RBI and six walks with a .462 on-base percentage, the best pinch hitting OBP in the majors.

Also in Thursday’s win, Jarrod Dyson tied his career season-high in homers with his second long ball of the season. Dyson has nine home runs in parts of eight MLB seasons.

Seattle has won five consecutive home series, the second-longest active home series winning streak in the bigs. The M’s are 13-6 (.684) at Safeco Field this season

Lineups and starters

Courtesy @MarinersPR
Courtesy @MarinersPR

Starters: LHP Ariel Miranda (3-2, 4.79) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.38)

Mariners Notes

  • Since joining the Mariners, Nelson Cruz has hit 35 of his 97 home runs against left-handed pitchers. In that span, nobody has hit more home runs against southpaws than Cruz The next closest on the list is the White Sox’s Todd Frazier (25) and Seattle teammate Kyle Seager (24) who is tied with the Cubs’ Kris Bryant.
  • Nelson Cruz leads the American League in RBIs with 36. His 36 RBI through the club’s first 42 games are ninth-most by a Mariners player in the club’s first 42 games. Cruz has reached base safely in 17 of 19 games at home this season, including recording at least 1 hit in 16 games

This Day in Mariners History

In 1994, Jay Buhner scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on “Jay Buhner Haircut Night” against Texas. This inaugural haircut night enticed 512 fans to get their hair shaved like Jay’s with a “Buhner Buzz” and receive free admission for the game.

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