It only took one swing, and some solid starting pitching for the Padres to get a series win. Yonder Alonso had the only RBI of the game, a solo HR in the 7th inning. The blast gave the Padres a 1-0 win, in front of dozens at Safeco Field.
Jason Marquis gave the Padres a good outing, pitching 6.1 innings to get the win. He escaped a couple of jams, getting Seattle to hit into double plays in both the 2nd and 5th innings. Marquis left with one out in the 7th, after allowing a walk and single in that 7th.
The Padres brought in Joe Thatcher to keep the lead intact for Marquis. Thatcher got the job done, getting out of a bases-loaded jam, by retiring Ichiro on a fielders choice. Thatcher then struck out Dustin Ackley to preserve the lead.
Huston Street pitched a spotless 9th to finish the win for the Padres, his 7th of the season. The victory gave the Padres the series win, and it also gives them a chance to achieve two milestones. The Padres can have their first three-game winning streak of the year, as well as their first sweep. Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Padres in the series finale tomorrow night.
NOTES: The Padres have tabbed newly-acquired Ross Ohlendorf to start on Saturday. Ohlendorf will take the spot of Andrew Cashner, who was optioned to AA San Antonio to get stretched out, as he will move into the starting rotation for the Padres. Ohlendorf will become the 12th starting pitcher the Padres have used this season.
Speaking of Cashner, he started Wednesday night for San Antonio, pitching 3.1 innings, and he gave up 2 earned runs, striking out 3. Cashner threw 52 pitches, 33 for strikes.