(Sports Network) - It's been a pretty successful road trip thus far for the
Detroit Tigers. That could change on Wednesday, though, when they face Felix
Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners in the middle test of a three-game series
at Safeco Field.
Hernandez was brilliant on Opening Day, but has been denied his 100th career
win with losses in each of his last two starts, His most recent setback came
to the Texas Rangers on Thursday, as he allowed four runs (3 earned) and 10
hits in 6 2/3 innings, dropping him 1-2 to go along with a 3.05 ERA.
"It wasn't a struggle," said Hernandez. "I was making good pitches, but I was
just a little bit off. I'm 100 percent. I'm just missing my spots a little
bit. It's a long season."
Hernandez could get himself right on Wednesday, as he owns a 9-2 lifetime mark
against the Tigers with a 2.65 ERA in 12 starts.
But, Hernandez will be going up against a red-hot Tigers team that started
this nine-game trek with a series win over Oakland before winning the opener
with the Mariners. Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four
RBI on Tuesday, as Detroit rolled, 6-2.
Detroit, winners in three straight, received another solid effort out of Doug
Fister (3-0), who scattered two runs on four hits over seven innings of work.
Austin Jackson, who has reached base safely in all 13 games, had a triple
among his two hits along with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Torii
Hunter also had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and knocked
in a run, while Victor Martinez added three hits in the victory.
The recently acquired Aaron Harang (0-1) made his Seattle debut, lasting five
innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. He was
acquired last week from the Colorado Rockies.
"Once I got out there and got through that first inning, felt like I was able
to get more of a rhythm, but I felt good," said Harang. "I was really please
with the fact that I didn't have any walks, so I was happy about that."
The Mariners had just four hits, with Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse each
driving in a run in the setback.
Heading to the hill for the Tigers on Wednesday will be righty Max Scherzer,
who is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA. Scherzer did not get a decision against the
Athletics on Friday, but was terrific, as he surrendered just one earned run
and struck out 11 in six innings.
Scherzer has faced the Mariners five times and is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA.
Seattle was 5-1 against the Tigers last season.
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