Padres 1, Mariners 0
Jason Marquis stood on the mound at Safeco Field five weeks ago
wearing a Minnesota jersey.
He left without a win that day, and he left the Twins shortly
On Wednesday night, Marquis stood on the same mound in a San
Diego uniform, earning a better result and what he hopes is a
rebirth to his season.
Marquis pitched 6 1-3 innings and combined with three relievers
on an eight-hitter as the Padres rode a seventh-inning homer by
Yonder Alonso to beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0.
Marquis (1-1) allowed six hits, walked four and struck out
”If you were to script out a Jason Marquis game, that’s what it
would look like,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”Fastballs both
sides of the plate. A good split-fingered pitch, a good slider.
Knew how to work his way through a lineup.”
Marquis started the season on the bereavement list after his
daughter was seriously injured in an accident. The Twins designated
him for assignment May 22, two days after he allowed eight runs in
1? innings against Milwaukee.
He hopes to repay San Diego for the chance it is giving him.
”I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m going to come here and
try to bring some veteran knowledge,” Marquis said. ”At the same
time, I feel I have a lot left in the tank to be a successful major
Alonso hit his second homer of the season – and seventh of his
career – on the first pitch of the seventh inning from starter
Noesi (2-7) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He
had allowed 12 earned runs in his previous two outings
”I tried to keep my pitches down 0-2, because, before, I leave
pitches up 0-2,” Noesi said. ”Tonight, I throw all my pitches
down (with two strikes).”
Marquis left with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh
after a walk to John Jaso, a single by Casper Wells and an error by
Alonso at first base when he dropped a routine throw from second
baseman Alexi Amarista.
”I was praying to God a thousand times in five minutes,”
Alonso said. ”I was just `Please God, get me out of this.’ I
wanted to dig a hole and just hang in there until we got out of
this. It’s going to happen to everybody at least one time in your
Joe Thatcher, who came in specifically to face left-handed
hitters Tuesday and allowed a home run and double before being
removed, was called on again.
He got Ichiro Suzuki to ground into a fielder’s choice and
struck out Dustin Ackley looking to survive the inning.
”Joe came in in a tough spot, against one of the best hitters
of this generation,” Black said. ”Threw a pitch up and away that
I’ve seen Ichiro have trouble with.”
Padres reliever Luke Gregerson worked out of an eighth-inning
jam. Justin Smoak flied out to center after an eight-pitch at-bat
with a runner on first. Michael Saunders singled to left, advancing
pinch-runner Chone Figgins to third with two outs. But Gregerson
struck out Jaso to keep Seattle off the board.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
The Padres loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against
Brandon League. He struck out Cameron Maybin on three pitches and
then got Nick Hundley to ground into a 5-2-3 double play.
Noesi temporarily lost command in the fourth, walking
consecutive hitters before getting a groundout from Alonso. He
struck out the side in the first and got an unassisted double play
from Ackley in the third.
The Padres didn’t get their second hit of the game until there
were two outs in the fifth. Amarista singled, but was thrown out by
Jesus Montero trying to steal second.
Wednesday was the second time Marquis has faced Seattle this
year in as many uniforms. He started against the Mariners for the
Minnesota Twins on May 5, allowing four runs over six innings 5 at
The Mariners put at least one runner on base against Marquis in
every inning, but could not score.
Notes: The Mariners placed OF Mike Carp and RHP Stephen Pryor on
the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Blake Beavan and IF Alex Liddi to
Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. They recalled OF Franklin Gutierrez,
OF Casper Wells, RHP Steve Delabar and RHP Erasmo Ramirez to
replace them. . Gutierrez is expected to play his first game of the
season on Thursday. . After going hitless his first seven games,
Padres IF Everth Cabrera hit .355 in his next 18 games.