Mariners Pregame: Emilio Pagan sent down, lineups and starters
Game 47: The Seattle Mariners (20-26) look to end a four-game losing streak and face the Washington Nationals (27-17) at 4:05 p.m. in the second of a three-game series at Nationals Park.
The Mariners fell to the Nats 10-1 in a sloppy, sloggy rain-soaked mess on Tuesday. Starter Christian Bergman was allowed to absorb the beating and allowed 10 runs on 14 hits, including an eight-run fourth inning when he coughed up four home runs, including a mammoth shot by Nats perennial All-Star and former N.L. MVP Bryce Harper.
Transactions: The M’s optioned Emilio Pagan, who pitched four terrific innings in relief of Bergman on Tuesday, in exchange for a fresh arm, recalling RHP Rob Whalen from Tacoma.
In addition, the Mariners acquired OF Andrew Aplin from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Aplin hit .250 with a .375 on-base percentage for AAA Fresno this season.
Starters and lineups
Starters: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (3-2, 4.73)
Nelson Cruz ranks among the top two leaders in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage during Interleague play since the start of the 2014 season. During that span, Cruz’s 25 home runs during IL play lead all players while his .683 slugging percentage also ranks first in MLB, and his 52 RBI are tied for second-most. Seattle is 17-9 (.654) in its last 26 Interleague games since the start of the 2016 season. In that span, the .654 winning percentage is fourth-best in the Majors behind Boston (22-9, .710), Texas (19-8, .704) and Baltimore (18-8, .692).
This Day in Mariners History
In 1995, Mike Blowers etched his name in the Mariners’ record book alongside Alvin Davis as the only players in Seattle history to have eight RBI in a game. Mike had a club-record four extra base hits, including his first home run of the season. He entered the game batting .118.