May 13, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstopAlexi Amarista
(5) throws to first for an out against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Mariners Series Recap
After a off day Monday, the Padres started part one of the manufactured rivalry Tuesday night. By virtue of just a two game series, the Padres were able to avoid seeing Felix Hernandez this time around. Though the way Ian Kennedy pitched Tuesday night – they could be playing against Anthony Young and lost the game. Before you could blink Kyle Seager hit a three run homer and the Mariners were up 4-0. Logan Morrison added his own homer that just cleared the fence in the 3rd and it was 5-0. The Padres managed to load the bases twice, once in the 2nd on 3 walks and again in the 4th but came up empty in the runs department both times. James Paxton would go 6 for the M’s allowing only 3 hits and 0 runs despite walking 5 for the win. Shawn Kelley would allow 2 runs on 4 hits in an inning and a third in relief. Final score Mariners 11, Padres 4.
Wednesday the Padres sent unbeaten James Shields to the mound against Taijuan Walker for Seattle. Shields logged another very solid outing going 6 innings allowing 1 run and 6 hits while striking out 9. What has been fun to watch with Shields is his will to fight through tough nights. Wednesday was a good night, and it showed in the results as he improved to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 3.91. Definitely not the best ERA on the staff but he is the staff leader in Wins (5), Innings Pitched (48 1/3), and Strikeouts (64). Ironically he also leads in homers and hits allowed, but the games won is the real start that matters right?
Offensively Wil Myers sat out with a wrist injury and Will Middlebrooks homered with Corey Spangenberg going 2-3 to pace the offense in the victory. Craig Kimbrel allowed another run in the 9th but was able to get out of the inning to record his 10th save. Brandon Maurer and Joaquin Benoit did their thing in the middle innings to finish off the Padres 4-2 victory and a split in part one of the Vedder Cup.
More from Friars on Base
- Padres News: Fernando Tatis Jr. trade rumors, Seth Lugo chase, Manny Machado
- Padres barely missed out on high-end veteran starting pitcher
- This veteran DH target seems ideal for contending Padres roster
- Padres got steal with Xander Bogaerts after Carlos Correa’s mega-deal
- Failed Padres top prospect makes stunning return with minor league deal