Josh Bard came through for the Mariners in the 10th inning, delivering a two-out, bases-loaded single over the second baseman’s head off pitcher Samuel Deduno to give Seattle a 13-12 comeback win over the San Diego Padres in their annual Charity Game.
The Mariners were down 12-10 with one on and two-out in the ninth before Carlos Peguero hit a rocket, tying homer to right off reliever Brad Brach. Peguero then distinguished himself in left field in the 10th inning, throwing out Mike Baxter at the plate as he tried to score on a single by Aaron Cunningham.
“Peguero had a real nice 15 minutes there,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said afterwards.
But the M’s weren’t done. With two out and none on in the 10th, Mike Wilson drew a walk, Mike Carp singled through the hole at second and then Dustin Ackley drew a walk to load the bases. Bard — who finished 3-for-3 on the day — took a borderline pitch with the count even to take it full, then drilled the fastball Deduno threw him next. You can see it in the photo above.
Wedge saw a plethora of walks from his pitchers today — six in total — but he attributed a lot of that to struggles in finding release point and just general rust. The Padres walked four batters on their end, including two in the 10th.
Erik Bedard’s nine-pitch outing was obviously a highlight of the day.
“You couldn’t ask for him to come out and show himself any better,” Wedge said.
On the positive side hitting-wise, Chone Figgins went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Jack Wilson was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Justin Smoak went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk. Adam Kennedy went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Milton Bradley had that RBI single on a 1-for-3 day.
These are all guys who figure to be on the team.
Among the young guys, Matt Mangini was 2-for-3 with a run scored while Joehermyn Chavez was also 2-for-3 with a double. That, in addition to Peguero’s heroics at the plate and in the field.