Padres 6, Mariners 2
Pitching, hitting, defense. For the first time all year, the San
Diego Padres put everything together for an entire series.
Edinson Volquez pitched neatly into the seventh inning and San
Diego beat the skidding Seattle Mariners 6-2 Thursday night for its
first sweep of the season.
Volquez (3-6) was in command all night, allowing one run and
four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked four while
sending Seattle to its fifth consecutive loss.
”You saw all three pitches again effective,” Padres manager
Bud Black said. ”Overall, it was a strong performance. Three-pitch
mix was very good.”
In an interleague matchup of last-place teams, Padres starters
yielded only two earned runs in three games at Seattle.
Converted reliever Erasmo Ramirez (0-1) took the loss in his
first start for the Mariners. He threw five innings, allowing eight
hits and six runs – five earned. He struck out three and walked
San Diego put together four singles to score three runs in the
third. Chris Denorfia led off with an infield single, then Jesus
Guzman blooped a hit to right.
John Baker was trying to put down a sacrifice bunt, but it
turned into a single when Ramirez did not commit off the mound.
Third baseman Kyle Seager ran to cover third, and shortstop
Munenori Kawasaki sprinted to second. The ball just rolled out to
shortstop, and everyone was safe.
Baker said he was trying to bunt the ball hard and possibly turn
it into a hit. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Seager reacted
”If Ramirez gets off the mound and fields that, we’ve got the
lead guy at third base,” Wedge said. ”Makes it a completely
Kawasaki made a leaping grab of Alexi Amarista’s liner to
temporarily stem the rally, but Will Venable singled crisply to
right, the first hard hit of the inning, to score Denorfia.
Everth Cabrera followed with a grounder to Seager, who threw to
second. Second baseman Dustin Ackley tried to turn a double play,
but threw low to first. Guzman scored on the fielder’s choice and
Baker came in on Ackley’s throwing error when the ball skidded past
The Padres chased Ramirez with three consecutive hits to open
the sixth. Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso singled, and Denorfia
doubled to score Quentin.
”We put some innings together again,” Black said. ”We did
Tuesday night against Felix (Hernandez), then tonight we did it
twice with some consecutive hits. That’s something that’s been
lacking for the greater part of the season, and it happened in this
Hisashi Iwakuma replaced Ramirez and allowed a single to Guzman.
That was Iwakuma’s only batter faced, and he threw just two
Charlie Furbush took his place. Hitters were 0 for 32 against
Furbush in his last 11 1-3 innings before Baker and Amarista hit
back-to-back singles. Furbush struck out Venable and Cabrera to end
the inning with San Diego ahead 6-0.
Volquez sailed through the first five innings, allowing only one
hit. Ramirez was right with him following a 28-pitch first. Cabrera
had a 13-pitch at-bat in the first to earn a walk, raising
Ramirez’s pitch count early.
But Ramirez zipped through the second, third and fourth,
allowing just a leadoff single in the second before retiring nine
Ackley singled in the seventh to drive in Franklin Gutierrez and
snap Seattle’s 15-inning scoreless streak. Gutierrez made his
season debut Thursday after recovering from a partial right
pectoral tear followed by plantar fasciitis. In his first at-bat,
he was hit by a pitch from Volquez.
Gutierrez finished 1 for 2 and drove in a run in the eighth, but
Seattle remained in an offensive funk.
”We have to get over the hump here at home and break out,”
NOTES: Logan Forsythe was a late scratch because of discomfort
on his side, according to Black. … San Diego’s three starters for
the weekend series against Oakland will be Anthony Bass, Ross
Ohlendorf and Clayton Richard. … Seattle left-handed reliever
Lucas Luetge has not allowed an earned run in his first 24 major
league appearances. The streak spans 16 innings, a club record.