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March 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM

San Diego Padres at Mariners: 03/04 game thread

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Michael Wilson just doubled in Josh Wilson with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Mariners a 4-3 lead.
Got to see young Venezuelan pitcher Mauricio Robles in the sixth. He retired the side in impressive fashion, getting Jerry Hairston Jr. on a groundout to Dustin Ackley at second. Then, he got Adrian Gonzalez to loft a lazy fly to left — off the end of his bat — for out No. 2. Finally, after falling behind 2-0 to Chase Headley, he battled back and got him to stare at a full-count offering for a called third strike.
Not bad for a guy who turns 21 tomorrow and hasn’t pitched higher than Class A.
Ackley and Carlos Triunfel, once the highest rated prospect in Seattle’s system for position players but coming off a broken leg, both grounded out. Triunfel is playing third base.
Some serious news here. I’ve been told that Steve Kelley has pulled ahead of me in Round II of the ESPN 710 Brock and Salk show’s Media Bracket. There is just over a half-hour to go, so get out there and vote for me…unless you want a guy who didn’t vote for Edgar Martinez to get to Round III. That’s right, I’ve heard that Kelley didn’t think Edgar was a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Heard him say it with my own two ears on KJR AM 950.
The travesty of it all. So, come on folks. Do the intelligent thing. At least I gave you a reason.
Need another reason? He’s taking a beach holiday! Right in the middle of spring training! Winter Olympics? What’s that? Who cares, it came down to one hockey game. Steve’s on the beach and the Mariners are here. Look below, I have video proof he’s sunning and surfing it.

Some of you asked about Franklin Gutierrez, who is still being eased back in there after coming up a bit sore in his shoulder earlier in camp. Gutierrez took batting practice today. Have a look in the video below.

1:25 p.m. Ryan Garko just gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth, jumping on a 2-1 pitch from Heath Bell and knocking it over the wall in left center for a solo shot.
The Padres had tied it 2-2 in the top of the frame. Shawn Kelley gave up a leadoff homer to the first batter he faced in the fifth, Matt Stairs (yes, he’s still playing). The inning prior, Brandon League gave up a leadoff single that could have been erased on a double-play grounder. But second baseman Matt Tuiasosopo appeared handcuffed by the grounder and only got the one out at first base. That came back to haunt Seattle as Kyle Blanks singled to left to bring the run in.
12:43 p.m.: Matt Tuiasosopo continues to produce the extra-base hits at spring training, just like last year. He tripled off the wall in center — barely missing a home run — and then scored on a single to center by Michael Saunders for a 2-0 lead after two.
Jason Vargas yielded a second-inning double — though Saunders did not play the flyball very well — as his only hit allowed. He’s done after two innings, the one hit against.
12:25 p.m.: Seattle is off to a good start for the second straight day, jumping on Chris Young for a 1-0 lead. Made him throw 33 pitches and that’s the end of his day, since he’s coming back off an injury.
The key hit of the inning was a double off the wall in left center by Eric Byrnes, who then promptly turned the jets on and tried to steal third. Ryan Garko drilled a ball up the middle and Byrnes — who’d made a headfirst slide into third — headed on home after jumping up out of the dirt. Young got into a bases loaded jam with only one out but fanned Ryan Langerhans and Josh Bard to escape further trouble.
Bard used to catch Young in San Diego. Didn’t help him this time.
12:08 p.m.: We’ll see the next installment in the best battle going at spring training — the one for the fifth starter’s job. Jason Vargas takes the mound today for Seattle and yes, this game does count in the Cactus League standings this year. Three groundball outs for Vargas in the top half of the first.
18 Tony Gwynn (L) CF
15 Jerry Hairston Jr. 2B
23 Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
7 Chase Headley (S) 3B
88 Kyle Blanks LF
12 Scott Hairston RF
16 Matt Stairs (L) DH
8 Yorvit Torrealba C
1 Everth Cabrera (S) SS
32 Chris Young (RHP)
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
1 Eric Byrnes LF
3 Ryan Garko 1B
5 Mike Sweeney DH
7 Jack Hannahan (L) SS
12 Ryan Langerhans (L) RF
26 Josh Bard (S) C
27 Matt Tuiasosopo 2B
6 Chris Woodward 3B
38 Jason Vargas (LHP)

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