While they have the worst record in the majors, the San Diego
Padres bested the Seattle Mariners last week in a matchup between
The Padres hope for similar success against the Mariners at
Petco Park, where the two begin a three-game series Friday
San Diego earned its only sweep this season in Seattle last
week. Padres starters went 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA, allowing two runs
in 20 innings.
However, San Diego (24-46) was unable to build on it, losing two
of three at Oakland last weekend and getting swept by Texas at home
after Wednesday’s 4-2 loss.
San Diego couldn’t protect a 2-1 lead after Anthony Bass exited
following the fifth inning with shoulder inflammation. The Padres,
who already have five starters among seven pitchers on the disabled
list, hope the injury isn’t serious.
“Things are going well, I’m feeling good and then it’s like,
‘Shoot, you’re kidding me,'” Bass told the team’s official
The Padres will hand the ball to Clayton Richard (4-7, 3.94 ERA)
as they try to avoid their first six-game home losing streak since
2010 and a fourth straight loss overall.
Richard has won his last two starts, both in interleague play.
He scattered five hits and struck out six in 7 2-3 scoreless
innings in beating Oakland 2-1 on Sunday.
Richard’s previous start was against Seattle on June 12,
limiting the Mariners to one run in seven innings of a 5-4 victory.
The left-hander is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last four starts
against the AL and 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA against the Mariners.
However, Seattle (30-41) put up big offensive numbers in its
last two games at Arizona heading into this series.
Though the Mariners rank near the bottom of the majors in
batting average, they have scored 10 or more runs in the last two
games. It wasn’t enough in a 14-10 loss Wednesday.
Jason Vargas allowed 10 runs – surrendering five homers – in 4
1-3 innings. Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run shot in the eighth
inning – his first homer of the season – to make things
“That’s baseball; they scored more than us,” manager Eric Wedge
said. “We just had trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark
Seattle’s starters have posted a 7.31 ERA as the Mariners have
dropped eight of 11, and their last two starters failed to make it
out of the fifth inning.
Kevin Millwood (3-5, 3.69) will try to end that trend. He did
not get a decision Saturday after giving up four runs and nine hits
in five innings of a 7-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.
It was Millwood’s first start since suffering a slight groin
strain in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8,
throwing the first six innings of a no-hitter finished by five
The right-hander has had good success against the Padres, going
8-2 with a 3.27 ERA, including 4-0 with a 3.30 ERA in San
Carlos Quentin, who is hitting .367 with six homers in 19 games
since returning from the disabled list, is 4 for 9 with a homer and
two doubles against Millwood.
The Mariners have won four straight in San Diego.