Game 53: The Seattle Mariners (23-29) conclude a two-game series at the Colorado Rockies (33-20) on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. at Coors Field.
The game also concludes an eight-game road trip. The M’s are 3-4 on the trip so far.
The M’s try to make it two in a row in Denver after Sam Gaviglio earned his first big league win on Monday in a 6-5 win over the Rockies.
The Mariners are still mired in last place in the A.L. West, tied with the Oakland Athletics, 13 games behind the Houston Astros. The Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 games, but have won two in a row.
The Rockies own a half-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the N.L. West. Colorado is 6-4 in its last 10 game and are 15-12 at home this season.
Injury updates: Both Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma threw bullpen sessions earlier on Tuesday. According to reports, Hernandez’ pen went well and is ready to face batters, most likely in a simulation first. The team still figures Hernandez to need at least two rehab starts and mid- to late-June timetable is still the plan.
Iwakuma is slated for another bullpen session and depending on how he feels likely would follow with a sim game, so he seems a bit behind Hernandez still.
Mitch Haniger ran and will hit off the tee and hit in the cage. The team hopes he will be able to take on-field batting practice by Friday.
Lineups and starters
Starters: LHP Ariel Miranda (4-2, 4.22) vs. LHP Tyler Anderson (3-4, 5.40)
- RHP Sam Gaviglio notched both his first Big League win and his first MLB hit in Monday’s win.He’s the third Mariners pitcher to collect his first MLB win this season, and the second player to notch his first hit. Gaviglio joins RHPs Dan Altavilla and Edwin Diaz in the first win club, and Boog Powell on the hit list.
- The Mariners are hitting .213 (81 for 380) as a team vs. left-handed pitching, last in the American League, and 29th in the Majors (San Diego, .197).
- Third baseman Kyle Seager is a career .341 (14 for 41) hitter vs. the Rockies, his second-best career average against any N.L. opponent
This Day in Mariners History
In 2012, The Mariners tied a club road record with 21 runs scored in a 21-8 rout of the Rangers in Arlington to win the series 2-1. Justin Smoak hit a pair of three-run home runs and recorded a career-high six RBIs. Kyle Seager went 4 for 6 with two doubles and four runs scored in the win and Jesus Montero fell a triple short of the cycle (3 for 4, four runs, HR, 2B). The Mariners totaled 11 extra base hits in the win.
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