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February 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Mariners 6, Padres 6: Seddon gives up tying run in ninth, wiping out go-ahead Chavez homer

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Just a reminder that we’ll have Geoff Baker Live! coming up at 6:30 p.m. PT
They didn’t play extra innings today, so the game ended in a 6-6 tie after Chris Seddon put the first two guys on, then saw a couple of groundouts bring the equalizer home. The Padres had a chance to win it with two out, but Sean Kazmar made a nice play on a ball hit pretty deep towards shortstop and threw the runner out to end the game.
Seattle had taken a lead on a go-ahead homer by Johermyn Chavez in the top of the ninth.

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Mariners manager Eric Wedge attributed a lot of the pitching woes we’ve seen from relievers the first two days here to troubles finding their release points this early on in the spring.
Wedge liked a lot more of what he saw from Chavez at the plate.
“You love to see a young man go up there and ready to hit,” Wedge said. “And obviously, he really got all over that ball. It wasn’t a dead pull. it was in the middle of the field and he drove it. In the late innings as well. You look at (Carlos) Peguero yesterday and Chavez today and you like to see that.”

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During the tying rally, the Padres had two on and none out and nearly managed a bunt single that would have loaded the bases. But Alex Liddi charged in on the ball as it bounced up the third base line and made an off-balance throw that was scooped up at first base to get the runner by an eyelash.
If that play isn’t made, the M’s likely go on to lose.
There wasn’t as much offense by Seattle as during yesterday’s 13-12 slugfest, but a couple of the hits counted big as Greg Halman hit a two-run homer and Gabe Gross a two-run double in which Jack Cust scored all the way from first base.
Halman played all nine innings in center. He made a poor throw home on one play, missing the cutoff man and not coming close to getting the runner at the plate.
The hitter was able to advance to second on the throw, though it became inconsequential as the M’s got out of the inning. Still, that’s something the team will be taking a look at and pointing out, no doubt. For the young guys, hoping to leave an impression so they can get a look later on in the season, things like that tend to stick out as much as any home runs they hit. You can’t be making mistakes like that too often at the big league level.
Brendan Ryan also doubled for Seattle. Adam Moore, Cust, Liddi and Josh Wilson added singles to round out the offense.
In other news, Felix Hernandez is expected to throw a simulated game against some minor leaguers on Wednesday. Wedge said there will be others throwing simulated games — likely Jason Vargas — by mid-week as well.
Wedge said he still doesn’t know the exact results of tests performed on Franklin Gutierrez, though the center fielder is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow against the Rangers.

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