American League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, July 9 (All times Eastern)
Minnesota Twins (40-49) at Seattle Mariners (49-41), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (7-7, 4.17) Seattle - Roenis Elias (7-7, 4.19)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Roenis Elias hopes for some run support on Wednesday when the Seattle Mariners resume a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field.
Seattle was shut out for the second time in three games on Tuesday, as Phil Hughes struck out eight in 7 1/3 scoreless innings to help Minnesota to a 2-0 victory.
Sam Fuld, batting out of the No. 9 hole, went 3-for-3 with a solo home run for the Twins, who won for just the fourth time in their last 15 games. Kendrys Morales had two hits and Brian Dozier, who will participate in next week's Home Run Derby, drove in a run.
Hughes (9-5) yielded eight hits without walking a batter and stopped a personal two-start losing streak.
Counterpart Chris Young (8-5) took the hard-luck loss after allowing both runs on six hits over seven-plus innings of work. Young, who was 3-0 over his last four starts, has allowed two or fewer runs in his last five outings.
"I tried to work ahead, elevate the fastball, keep my breaking balls down," Young said. "I needed to keep them scoreless tonight, or one at most, to give us a chance."
Offense continues to be a problem for the Mariners, who are hitting just .242 as a team on the season. They have also been blanked 11 times, one fewer than Tampa Bay and San Diego for most in the majors.
"I'm not going to sit here every night and say we are struggling and the next night say we are great," McClendon said. "That was just a hell of a game. That's the way it goes."
Elias hopes the bats come alive on Tuesday, as he takes the hill trying to snap a two-start losing streak. Elias was awful in Chicago on Friday, as the White Sox reached him for five runs in five innings to drop him to 7-7 on the year to go along with a 4.19 ERA. He had also given up five runs in six innings in his previous start.
"It was just a bad day like any other. I'll just stay positive and keep working hard," Elias said, using bullpen coach Mike Rojas as an interpreter. "My pitches were there. They just hit them. That's baseball."
Elias lost to the Twins earlier in the year.
Minnesota, meanwhile, will counter with righty Kyle Gibson, who has lost two of his last three starts and is coming off a terrible showing his last time out. Gibson lasted just two innings versus the New York Yankees on Friday and was hit to the tune of six runs and six hits to fall to 7-7, while raising his ERA to 4.17.
In Gibson's seven wins he has pitched to a 0.93 ERA in 48 1/3 innings. However, in his losses, his ERA is 13.16 in 26 2/3 frames.
"It's either been good or bad," Gibson said. "Nothing really in the middle. I'm just trying to get more consistent. One thing I've tried to focus on this season is limiting crooked numbers, but giving up three runs in back-to-back innings is no way to start a game."
Gibson has split two starts with the Mariners, but beat them back on May 16.
The Twins took two of three games from the Mariners earlier in the year.
07/09 10:38:37 ET