The Seattle Mariners have been hampered by one of baseball's worst offenses, but they hope to keep taking advantage of a Los Angeles Angels pitching staff that has been just as bad.
Kyle Seager and the Mariners look for another big day at the plate Friday night as they seek another win over Los Angeles at Safeco Field.
Seattle (9-15) entered this four-game set having scored three runs or fewer in eight of its last nine games, so a 6-0 victory Thursday felt explosive.
Carlos Peguero, called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to help fill in for the injured Franklin Gutierrez, launched the third-longest home run in Safeco history with a 451-foot shot in his first at-bat of the season.
Also sparking the offense with a homer was Seager, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. Seager has raised his average from .147 to .306 during the streak, going 21 for 51 (.412) with seven doubles and 11 RBIs. All three of his home runs have come in the last five games.
Seager credited a closed-door meeting held by manager Eric Wedge following Wednesday's 10-3 loss to Houston.
"He got everyone's attention," Seager said. "We know we had to play better. We played with more of an edge today."
Seattle may need another strong night from its offense with Aaron Harang (0-2, 10.24 ERA) on the mound. He's fresh off a shellacking at Texas in which he gave up eight runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings of an 11-3 loss Sunday.
"I started guiding pitches, and ended up falling behind in counts and having to throw pitches over the plate, and that's where I got myself in trouble," said Harang, acquired from Colorado earlier this month.
While Harang has seen his individual struggles, the entire staff for the Angels (8-13) has generally been bad. Los Angeles pitchers own a 4.96 ERA, ranking near the bottom of baseball, and have allowed 28 runs and 45 hits in 37 innings this week with 15 walks and just 19 strikeouts.
The only Angels starting pitcher yet to suffer a loss is C.J. Wilson (1-0, 4.13). He's lasted six innings in each of his four starts but has averaged 111.3 pitches in the last three, and his 15 walks are among the most in the AL. The left-hander didn't get a decision Sunday as he allowed three runs and five hits in a 4-3 victory over Detroit.
Command remains a serious concern for Wilson, averaging 3.9 walks per nine innings for his career after issuing four Sunday.
"I was missing with my breaking ball a lot early," Wilson told the team's official website. "It was breaking way too big, then I couldn't throw my curveball for a strike and my changeup was kind of a non-factor. I just had to go out there with a fastball, slider and cutter and compete."
Wilson has been very good against the Mariners over the last two-plus seasons, going 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA in seven starts. Seager is 1 for 13 against him.
Seattle will hope Harang can regain the form he showed in two starts against the Angels last year, holding them to three earned runs over 13 innings while with the Dodgers.
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