The Mariners and Giants both know what historic pitching
performances look like from a first-hand perspective.
Within the last week, each team has no-hit an opponent. Six
Mariners no-hit the Dodgers last Friday, and Matt Cain
tossed a perfect game for the Giants against the Astros on
The clubs will meet in a pitching-heavy Interleague series
in Seattle with Ryan Vogelsong and Jason Vargas on the
mound for the opener Friday.
Vogelsong is coming off a stellar start for the Giants in
which he threw 7 2/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball
against the Rangers in a 5-2 victory last Saturday.
"I'm getting a little bit better where I can have
more conversation [on] game day," Vogelsong said after
the game. "I try not to have a lot, because once I get
in game mode, I kind of like to stay there instead of
bouncing in and out. It's just trying to be focused and
make sure I'm 100 percent committed to make pitches.
... [Teammates] give me a hard time about it, but
that's the way I have to be."
The win marked Vogelsong's fifth consecutive victory
after starting the season 0-2. The Giants have triumphed in
his last seven starts. Vogelsong also lowered his ERA to
2.26, the NL's third-best, and he has worked at least
six innings in all 11 of his starts.
Vargas' last two starts haven't been memorable.
Even though he is 1-1 in them, Vargas surrendered nine
earned runs over a combined 11 2/3 innings in outings
against the Angels and Dodgers.
Giants: Blanco saves perfect game
With no outs in the seventh and a perfect game riding on
every pitch Wednesday night, Houston's Jordan Schafer
hit a Cain offering deep into the right-center-field gap.
Gregor Blanco, though, saved the night, making a remarkable
catch to keep Cain's run at a historic gem alive.
"I just put my head down and looked up and saw Blanco
-- he was relentless," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Several of Blanco's teammates said to him afterward
that it was one of the greatest plays they had ever seen,
and Blanco said he couldn't disagree, saying it was the
best play he had ever made.
"For me, it was," Blanco said. "It was a big
deal right there in that moment. We only try to bring
confidence to these guys to do what [Cain] did today."
Mariners: Roster shakeup
Outfielders Franklin Gutierrez and Casper Wells and
pitchers Erasmo Ramirez and Steve Delabar were recalled
from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday as the Mariners made a
series of roster moves.
Left fielder Mike Carp and reliever Stephen Pryor were
placed on the 15-day disabled list, while pitcher Blake
Beavan and infielder Alex Liddi were optioned to Tacoma.
• The Mariners have held a lead in 19 of their 37 losses,
leading the Majors.
• Cain threw the most pitches ever in a perfect game with
125 on Wednesday. The previous high was 120 by David Wells