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T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 15,217

Orioles can't win for losing as Mariners await

According to STATS
According to STATS

Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Mariners beat the Royals, 8-2, at home on Wednesday, avoiding a three-game sweep. They scored four runs in the first inning, the fifth time this season they've done so, most in baseball. It was the 20th time they've scored at least four in any inning.
  2. The O's have been outscored by a 75-26 count in losing eight straight games and have been outhomered by a 20-6 margin. The minus-49 run differential is tied for the worst by any team in an eight-game span this season; the Mariners were outscored by 49 runs from May 10-18.
  3. Seattle won six of the seven matchups between these teams last season and has gone 14-6 against Baltimore since the 2016 season, including an 8-2 mark at home. The Mariners have a team OPS of .819 in those 20 games, their highest against any team in that span (minimum 5 games).
  4. Wade LeBlanc allowed six runs (all earned) in just 2.2 innings against the Athletics on Saturday, his second outing of fewer than 3.0 IP this season -- he allowed seven runs in just 2.1 innings against the Twins on May 18.
  5. After going 0-4 with a 6.67 ERA in March and April, Dylan Bundy is 3-4, 3.09 in May and June. He has turned in eight straight starts of five innings or more and three runs allowed or fewer; the last Oriole with nine such starts in succession in a single season was Wei-Yin Chen (11 straight in 2015).
  6. Renato Nunez entered 2019 with nine career homers; he has homered 16 times this year. That total is tied for third among AL players who are currently age 25 or younger and is tied for third among players whose primary 2019 position is DH. Daniel Vogelbach's 18 homers are second among designated hitters.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/20/2019 thru 6/23/2019

Things weren't exactly going the Baltimore Orioles' way even before Trey Mancini, their leading hitter, was hit by a pitch in the first inning Wednesday against the Athletics at Oakland.

And after Mancini left the game, the Orioles went on to lose their eighth straight, 8-3 to the Athletics.

X-rays revealed nothing more than a bruised left elbow, although Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Mancini was "doubtful" to play Thursday night, when the Orioles open a four-game series in Seattle.

Mancini was hit by a 92 mph fastball from A's right-hander Chris Bassitt.

"I didn't think there was anything broken," Mancini told MLB.com. "But it's always good to know that for a fact and get the X-rays just to make sure."

Mancini is batting .304 with 16 home runs and 35 RBIs, ranking among the top 10 in the American League in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base plus slugging, runs, hits and total bases.

Hyde admitted he "expected the worst" when he came out of the dugout to check on Mancini, who slumped to the ground after being hit.

"It didn't look good when I went out there," Hyde said. "He was in serious pain. So you're hopeful, and we got lucky."

Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is expected to rejoin the Orioles in Seattle after being on the seven-day concussion list since June 7, a day after crashing into the outfield wall in Arlington, Texas.

The Orioles plan to send right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-8, 4.44 ERA) to the mound against the Mariners. Bundy has pitched better than his record this season, allowing more than three earned runs only three times in 14 starts. He's 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three career appearances against Seattle, including one start.

The Mariners plan to use an opener out of the bullpen before turning the ball over to veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc (3-2, 6.20 ERA). In six career games against Baltimore, including four starts, LeBlanc is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA.

LeBlanc pitched well in his first two games following an opener before allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings of an 11-2 loss Saturday at Oakland.

"It just seemed like they were on everything I threw," LeBlanc told MLB.com, referring to his off-speed pitches. "If they're looking for what I was throwing, and I'm not making an adjustment, that's embarrassing."

The Mariners, who are in last place in the AL West, continue their week of hosting cellar dwellers after salvaging the finale of a three-game series against Kansas City, winning 8-2 Wednesday at T-Mobile Park. Domingo Santana hit two home runs with five RBIs and left-hander Marco Gonzales pitched 6 2/3 strong innings to win his third straight start.

The Mariners also got some good news on the injury front as an MRI revealed no additional damage to longtime ace Felix Hernandez's ailing right shoulder. Hernandez left early in his first rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma last week.

"It was just a shoulder fatigue-type situation," Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 20, 2019

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