Aaron Harang of the Reds looks to get beck on track today after a brief outing last tome out, and facing the weak Mariners offense helps. Ryam Rowland-Smith gets the call for the M’s.
The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds wrap up their interleague weekend series with a Sunday afternoon battle at Safeco Field. Seattle's Ryan Rowland-Smith is slated to start against Cincinnati's Aaron Harang.
Rowland-Smith threw for four innings (59 pitches) and allowed three runs in Tuesday's 4-2 loss as a 157 road underdog against the St. Louis Cardinals. Though the combined six runs ducked ‘under' the closing 9 ½-run ‘total,' the ‘over' is still 9-4-1 in Rowland-Smith's 14 starts.
The native of Australia has been tagged for three homers in his last two appearances.
Harang's last start was also a short session. The righty was blasted for five runs over 4 1/3 innings (98 pitches) in Tuesday's 12-0 setback as a 111 road dog against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Harang, who surrendered seven of the Dodgers' 19 hits, has seen the ‘over' go 5-1 in his last six starts.
Harang last faced the Mariners in a 2007 encounter which the Reds won as 105 road dogs, 16-1. The righty notched seven strikeouts over eight innings, while allowing two hits and Seattle's sole run.
The same matchup saw Rowland-Smith pitch 1 1/3 innings of one-hit relief for the Mariners, who trailed, 16-0, when the Aussie entered the game.
Friday's series-opener saw Seattle win, 1-0, as a 150 home favorite thanks to Cliff Lee's complete-game shutout. The American League's 2008 Cy Young award winner allowed six hits and no walks, while recording seven strikeouts.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when Seattle's Josh Wilson slapped a two-out single to center field that drove in cleanup-man Jose Lopez. Wilson added a double en route to a 2-for-2 night.
Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto, who picked up the loss, was taken out immediately after surrendering the game's only run. Reds relievers Danny Herrera and Arthur Rhodes combined to surrender just one hit in the remaining 2 1/3 innings.
Ramon Hernandez, Cincinnati's usual starting catcher, was scratched Friday due to back pain. He is listed as "questionable." The Venezuela native had a six-game hitting streak prior to his injury, batting 6-for-20 (.300) during that span.
Corky Miller, who replaced Hernandez in Friday's lineup and batted ninth, went 0-for-3 to lower his batting average to .150.
Friday's win brought the Mariners' record to 16-17 in 33 home dates, with the 'under' going 17-13-3. Cincinnati dropped to 14-14 in its 28 road games, with the 'under' going 13-12-3.
Both clubs had seen the ‘under' cash in their last three games prior to Saturday's action.
The Reds continue their road excursion Monday with a three-game set in Oakland. Seattle will have one day off and remain home for a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
Seattle plays in a retractable dome, so weather will not be a factor.