MLB Game Summary - Seattle at San Diego|
(Wednesday, May 29th)
Final Score: San Diego 3, Seattle 2 (10 innings)
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Will Venable drove in the game-winning run
with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the San
Diego Padres edge the Seattle Mariners, 3-2, in the opener of a two-game
interleague set at Petco Park.
Yoervis Medina (1-1) was dealt the loss after he allowed consecutive singles
to open up the 10th and was forced to walk Chase Headley to load the bases.
Venable ripped an inside pitch just off Seattle first baseman Kendrys Morales'
glove, scoring Chris Denorfia for the game-winner.
"I got a decent pitch to hit and was able to find a spot where they couldn't
make a play," Venable said of the game-winning hit.
Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen blew the save in the ninth after giving up
Kyle Blanks' game-tying sacrifice fly.
Headley added a solo homer for the Padres, who have won two straight after
dropping the first of two games in Seattle. Luke Gregerson (3-2) earned the
win, tossing a perfect 10th inning.
Jason Bay hit a tie-breaking homer in the top of the ninth and Morales drove
in another run for the Mariners, losers in seven straight road contests.
"We have got to get the offense going," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
"We're not scoring enough runs and we're inconsistent. The guys have to step
Wilhelmsen took the hill in the ninth holding a 2-1 lead. The inning got off
to a rocky start, as Yasmani Grandal walked and Jedd Gyorko singled. After
both runners moved up one base thanks to passed ball, Yonder Alonso was
intentionally walked to load the bases.
Blanks came through with a deep fly to center, tying the game at 2-2.
Wilhelmsen battled and got out of the inning by forcing Alexi Amarista to pop
out and Carlos Quentin to ground out to third and end the damage.
Huston Street relieved San Diego starter Eric Stults in the ninth, but Bay
greeted him with a leadoff shot to left to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead.
Street fell behind in the count, 2-0, while Bay's homer barely cleared the
left field wall, and the grasp of Blanks.
Headley put the hosts on the board with two outs in the first, clubbing
Seattle starter Joe Saunders' offering into the second deck of the left-field
bleachers for a 1-0 lead.
Stults easily had one of his best starts of the season, allowing one run on
three hits with a season-high 12 strikeouts over eight frames. The lefty
cruised through the first three innings and retired the first 10 batters he
faced, while striking out six along the way.
His early success came to an end in the fourth.
With one out, Endy Chavez and Kyle Seager hit a single and a double,
respectively, to put runners on second and third. Morales then tied the game
with a run-scoring groundout to second.
Stults and Saunders continued to duel over the next three-plus innings with
both offenses struggling to find much success.
Carter Capps relieved Saunders in the eighth, but found himself in some
Amarista smacked a one-out double and Capps then issued a walk to Mark Kotsay.
Denorfia beat out a high-chopper to third to load the bases, though Capps come
through in the clutch by fanning Everth Cabrera and forcing Headley to pop
out, ending the threat.
Seattle second baseman Nick Franklin recorded his first career MLB hit with a
single in the fifth ... Saunders, who lasted seven innings and allowed just
one run on four hits, is still 0-4 in six road starts this season ...
Seattle's Michael Morse missed the game after suffering a right quadriceps
strain Tuesday ... Saunders has allowed one earned run over his last 29 2/3
innings versus the Padres.
05/30 02:46:06 ET