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July 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Game Thread July 3: M’s 3, Padres 1 (final)

M’s 3, Padres 1
League mowed down Anthony Rizzo (flyout) and pinch-hitters Orlando Hudson and Kyle Phillips with killer split-fingered fastballs to finish it for the M’s. League now has 22 saves in 25 chances.
After 8: M’s 3, Padres 1
Mariners have done very little at the plate since the third inning, but it should be enough if League is on his game. Dustin Ackley just nudged a soft single to left, only the second M’s hit since they scored two runs in the third. League is coming on to try to close out the M’s fifth victory in six tries against the Padres this year, and no doubt San Diego has seen enough of the Mariner pitching staff. With Beavan’s strong effort today, the M’s go into the final inning having allowed a mere three earned runs in six games against the Padres.
After 7 1/2: M’s 3, Padres 1
Pauley got himself into trouble, and then got out of it by striking out Cameron Maybin on three wicked sinkers. Pauley had hit Jason Bartlett in the side with one out, then allowed a single by Chase Headley, and an out later, a walk to load the bases. But he rallied himself and got Maybin waving, which means Brandon League, one of the M’s two newest All-Stars, likely will be on to try for his 22nd save in the ninth. He’s getting ready in the bullpen.
After 7: M’s 3, Padres 1
David Pauley on in the eighth for the M’s. Beavan threw 90 pitches, 64 for strikes.
After 6 1/2: M’s 3, Padres 1
Beavan has thrown fewer than 90 pitches, getting first-pitch strikes to 21 of 27 hitters. Now it’s a question of whether M’s manager Eric Wedge wants to send him out for one more inning or ensure that it’s a confidence-builder for the rookie. David Pauley is warming hard in the bullpen — first action all day out there — so that might be it for Beavan.
After 5 1/2: M’s 3, Padres 1 Beavan has thrown only 76 pitches in his six innings, with 54 strikes. Granted, this isn’t the ’76 Reds he’s facing (the Padres are hitting only .235, next-to-last in the NL), but it’s still an impressive debut for the big righthander.
After 4 1/2: M’s 3, Padres 1
Beavan continues to give the Mariners what they needed in replacement of injured Erik Bedard. He’s allowed only three hits over five innings and at one point, had thrown 16 of 17 first-pitch strikes. The Padres threatened in the fifth, with runners at second and third and two out, but he induced a grounder to third by Jason Bartlett to get out of it.

After 3: M’s 3, Padres 1

Consecutive sacrifice flies — you don’t see that every day — from Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley have given the M’s a two-run lead. They loaded the bases on hits by Ichiro and Brendan Ryan, plus a walk to Adam Kennedy. Smoak’s drive to left carried to the warning track in leftfield and just might have made it out but for a slight breeze coming in from that direction.
After 2 1/2: Padres 1, M’s 1
Padres nicked M’s starter Blake Beavan for their first hits and a run. Alberto Gonzalez, the No. 9 hitter, drilled an off-speed pitch from Beavan to left for a single, and leadoff man Will Venable followed with a well-stroked RBI doluble to right-center.
After 1 1/2: M’s 1, Padres 0
M’s manager Eric Wedge said beforehand that simply getting comfortable and overcoming the expected first-game jitters would be important for first-time starter Blake Beavan. So far, so good for the rookie: He allowed a two-out walk to Cameron Maybin (this one actually came after four balls, unlike Saturday night’s), but came back to strike out Anthony Rizzo for his third punch-out in two innings. So far, Beavan has showed a live fastball and what appears to be a workable slider.
After 1: M’s 1, Padres 0
Padres starter Mat Latos, who has had some struggles in mid-to-late June, muddled through the first, allowing a leadoff hit to Ichiro, a stolen base, and Adam Kennedy’s run-scoring hit to left.
After half an inning
Nice start for M’s rookie righty Blake Beavan, who used only 10 pitches to set down the Padres in the first, getting Will Venable on a soft comebacker, Jason Bartlett on a grounder to third and Chase Headley on a fastball up for a strikeout.

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