The Seattle Mariners have been their most productive offensively
this season when facing the San Diego Padres.
Unfortunately for the Padres, opposing the Mariners has only
served to continue their problems at the plate.
Seattle will try for its fifth straight win over San Diego on
Saturday night when the teams continue their series at Safeco
The Mariners (40-42) outscored the Padres (37-46) 14-2 during a
three-game sweep at Petco Park in May. San Diego hit .156 in that
series, striking out 35 times.
Those offensive woes continued in Friday’s series opener as
Seattle won 6-0 behind Jason Vargas’ six-hitter.
The Padres entered the weekend having won four straight and
seven of eight, but they were shut out for the 13th time this
season, the most before the All-Star break since the 2004 Montreal
Expos. The all-time record is 18 set by the Padres in their
expansion season in 1969.
Vargas’ gem helped the Mariners snap a three-game losing streak.
They had lost seven of nine while hitting .211 and averaging 2.6
runs. Carlos Peguero, Jack Cust and Adam Kennedy all drove in a
pair of runs Friday.
“The offense was very, very good tonight, consistent up and down
the lineup,” manager Eric Wedge said. “They squared up on the
fastball and were aggressive at times and looked at a lot of
pitches at times.”
Seattle is hitting a major league-worst .228 this season, but
has batted .294 against San Diego. Brendan Ryan is 7 for 14 with
three doubles and five runs scored in four games against the Padres
while Peguero has five RBIs in three contests.
Chase Headley is one of the few players producing consistently
for San Diego. He had half his team’s hits Friday and is batting
.464 the last 14 games.
Headley and his teammates may not find it any easier to score
off Doug Fister (3-8, 3.18 ERA), who has been outstanding his last
two starts, giving up one run over eight innings in each.
Fister scattered eight hits in a 2-1, 10-inning win over Florida
on Sunday as the offense continues to have problems providing ample
“At the end of the day, it’s not about personal stats,” Fister,
who has an AL-low 2.4 run-support average, told the Mariners’
official website. “It’s about how we’re doing and the morale in the
The right-hander is making his first start against the
Cory Luebke (1-2, 2.86) makes his second start for San Diego
after pitching five scoreless innings of one-hit ball in a 4-1 win
over Atlanta on Sunday.
“He was nasty today. In the first inning, he hit every spot. All
of those pitches could have gone either way. But they’re perfect
pitches,” Atlanta’s Jordan Schafer said. “He came in and pretty
much shut us down.”
The left-hander, who has also made 29 relief appearances this
year, made two relief appearances against the Mariners in May,
allowing two runs in 2 1-3 innings.