Mariners Preview (4/17/14): Salvage Series, Rebound From Collapse
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(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners will try and overcome a humiliating loss when they send Erasmo Ramirez to the mound Thursday in Arlington.
To say the least, Felix Hernandez’s brilliant outing was wasted Wednesday night when the team collapsed in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Rangers. Fernando Rodney appeared to have the save in control after getting the first two batters out. However, the bases were then loaded on a Miller throwing error and Rodney uncorked a wild pitch for the tying run.
“Rodney did a great job for us,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game. “It’s unfortunate we made the error there, but that’s baseball. Those things happen. Over the course of a 162-game schedule, you’re going to win your share of those and lose your share of them. When you’re on the losing end, it never feels good. But like I told my guys, turn the page and get ready for tomorrow.”
So, to bounce back from the ugly loss, Seattle will hand the ball to Ramirez whose has had a shaky start to the regular season after a tremendous spring. The right hander is 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts. He allowed eight runs and 12 hits over his previous two starts.
Against Texas, Ramirez is 0-0 with a 2.38 ERA in three career meetings.
Starting for the Rangers will be Tanner Scheppers, who is 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA on the season.
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