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May 16, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Mariners-Padres post-game

Pretty bleak clubhouse after this one.
Mariner manager John McLaren had so little to say, and reporters so little to ask, that his post-game press conference lasted one minute and 50 seconds.
Reporters, however, were assuming that Miguel Batista would be available to speak, as is usually the case for a starting pitcher. But he was gone before McLaren finished and before reporters got into the clubhouse and while a few other players milled about, no one really had much to say.
Batista was the biggest story tonight as he again struggled out of the gate, allowing three runs in the first inning tonight after giving up two in the first of each of his previous starts.
Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre said he thought Batista had a good warmup — he noted Batista threw about 10 more pitches than normal, though he wasn’t real sure why — and was surprised he struggled.
About all he could come up with is that he thinks Batista has trouble trusting his stuff early in games and tries to be too fine, which leads to a lot of pitches overall — he threw 29 in the first inning tonight.
Seattle never could catch up after the Padres took a 3-0 lead and while the offense did get four runs, it was stagnant after the third, getting just four hits, all singles.
The only real highlights were two hits by Raul Ibanez, raising his average to .305, and a two-run homer and two hits by Kenji Johjima, who is now at .236 after standing at .184 a week ago.
Ichiro snapped an 0-16 skid but also struck out with no outs and a man on in the ninth against Trevor Hoffman, seeming to take the air out of the place after the fans got into it when Jose Vidro led off with a single. Ichiro is hitting .272 for the season and if there is anything disconcerting it is that May is traditionally his month — he has a .366 career average in May, the best of any month.
And Jose Lopez, moved back to the No. 5 spot, went 0-4 to snap a seven-game hitting streak.
It was the eighth eighth loss in the last 10 for the Mariners, and 13th in 16, and dropped them 11 games under .500.
The Mariners were 18-17 a year ago today, two games out of first place.
Tonight, they fell to 16-27, still the worst in the AL and ahead of only Colorado in all of baseball.

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