Mariners vs. Orioles


April 29, 1991|By Kent Baker

Site: Memorial Stadium

Dates and times: Tonight, tomorrow night and Wednesday night, 7:35

Tickets sold: 19,000, tonight; 17,900 tomorrow; 18,000, Wednesday

Season series: First meeting. Mariners won 9 of 12 last year.

Pitching matchups

Tonight: Rich DeLucia (1-2, 7.00) vs. Dave Johnson (1-2, 8.79)

Tomorrow: Erik Hanson (1-1, 2.97) vs. Jeff Ballard (2-1, 4.50)

Wednesday: Randy Johnson (2-2, 4.94) vs. Jose Mesa (1-3, 3.33)

Mariners update

They have been the streak kings of the league, losing 6 in a row, winning a major-league high 8 straight, then losing 5 more, their current streak. Seattle dominated the Orioles in 1990, outhitting them, .297 to .195, outscoring them, 63-39, and pitching to a 2.60 ERA, compared with 5.19. Hanson was 2-0 and held the Orioles to a .135 average. Randy Johnson was 1-0 and limited Baltimore to a .175 batting average. 3B Edgar Martinez is the hottest batter with a career-high 13-game batting streak (.417) and has reached base in every game. Closer Mike Schooler has been out since the start of the season with an elbow injury.

Orioles update

They squeezed out a 5-4 victory yesterday that was their third in the past 10 games. But their string of a home run in 5 consecutive games was halted. Johnson was treated rudely by the Mariners last year (0-2, 8.56 ERA). They hit .373 against him. Ballard is the team's biggest lifetime winner against Seattle, but has a losing record (4-5). OF Joe Orsulak led the hitters with a .296 average. They will be playing without 1B Glenn Davis, who went on the 15-day DL with a neck injury of unknown severity.

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