Seattle Mariners (32-40) at Los Angeles Angels (31-40)
Wednesday, June 19 - 10:05 PM EST
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
The Seattle Mariners finally put together a good outing at Angel Stadium and attempt to beat Los Angeles for the second straight night when the teams meet Wednesday in the third contest of a four-game series. The Mariners notched a 3-2, 10-inning victory on Tuesday when Kendrys Morales singled in the winning run against his former club. The Angels had outscored Seattle 30-4 in three home games this season prior to the extra-inning defeat.
Los Angeles outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered through a miserable 0-for-5 night in which he hit into three double plays and struck out twice. The Angels’ fans serenaded with him jeers as the player who received a five-year, $125 million contract in the offseason is batting just .213 with 10 homers and 24 RBIs. Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak (oblique) was activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday’s contest and homered in his first at-bat.
TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, ROOT (Seattle), Fox Sports West (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners LH Joe Saunders (5-6, 4.80 ERA) vs. Angels LH C.J. Wilson (5-5, 3.90)
Saunders is 1-4 with a 7.58 ERA in seven road starts this season but at least will be pitching in a familiar park in Angel Stadium. The ballpark was his home field from 2005-10 and he has a 25-19 mark and 4.60 ERA in 64 career starts in Anaheim. Saunders has faced the Angels just once, last season when he was with Baltimore, and gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings at Angels Stadium.
Wilson had lost five of six decisions before beating the New York Yankees in his last outing when he gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings. He has pitched five or fewer innings in two of his last four starts, giving up 14 earned runs in 24 innings during the stretch. Wilson is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against Seattle this season, striking out 19 in 13 1/3 innings.
1. Angels 1B Albert Pujols is 13-for-27 over the last six games and clubbed his 12th homer of the season and 487th of his career on Tuesday.
2. Seattle OF Raul Ibanez (.143 in 21 at-bats) and 3B Kyle Seager (.125 in 16 at-bats) have struggled against Wilson.
3. Hamilton is 4-for-10 with a homer and six RBIs against Saunders.
PREDICTION: Angels 4, Mariners 3