Fresh off an impressive outing earlier in the week, Villone makes his third start of the season as the Mariners resume a three-game series with the Anaheim Angels at Safeco Field.
Villone allowed one run and five hits in six innings of the Mariners’ 8-4, 11-inning win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. The start helped persuade manager Bob Melvin to keep Villone in the rotation.
“He will make the next start,” Melvin said. “He is so valuable for us. He can pitch in any role you need. He can spot start and come right back and go to the bullpen. He likes to pitch, period.”
Villone also started on June 26 against the San Diego Padres, giving up just one run and four hits in 4 1-3 innings of the Mariners’ 7-3 win. The left-hander has pitched to a 1.74 ERA in his two starts, and a 3.42 ERA in 34 relief outings this year.
“I think at this stage of my career, I like to start because I know what I’m capable of, but I’m OK with relieving also,” Villone said. “Pitching from the stretch is what I’ve done the majority of my career, but hey, whatever is going to put us in the position to win and help us win games I’m willing to do.”
Edgar Martinez went 2-for-4 for the Mariners, who lost for just the second time in six games.
Both dugouts emptied in the seventh inning after pitcher Bobby Madritsch hit Vladimir Guerrero in the right wrist with a pitch. Guerrero began yelling at second baseman Bret Boone, who talked to Madritsch before the at-bat, but Boone was held back by Martinez.
No punches were thrown and no one was ejected. X-rays on Guerrero’s wrist did not show a break, and he is listed as day-to-day.