Tough to get much worse than losing at home to the team with the worst record in the majors, except for when you have your staff ace out on the mound at the same time.
Nights like this one also require scapegoats and Chone Figgins made a good one with an double-play grounder and a taken strikeout that helped thwart two rallies. He got to hear it pretty good from the crowd and got a Bronx Cheer when he actually managed a seventh inning single.
Michael Saunders hit a home run in the ninth and Munenori Kawasaki added an RBI single to make things closer. The Mariners scored again to make it look real close, but that was it. So, an exciting end to an otherwise unremarkable night at the park.
Felix Hernandez didn’t give his Kings Court much use of their “K” signs by fanning only three batters, walking just as many and giving up 13 base runners total over a span of six innings. Yeah, it was a long layoff for Hernandez, but he flat-out did not look good. He put the leadoff batter on in five of six innings and the final score flattered him. Could easily have been a lot worse if he wasn’t facing a team as inept as the Padres.
Again, the Mariners need to take a long, hard look at Hernandez (one more time, because I’m sure they’ve done it already) and figure out if there’s anything going on here health-wise.
He probably should have been put on the DL and missed this start in addition to the one last week in Anaheim. But that didn’t happen and so, here we are now. Nothing we can do about it this minute.
But this guy out there pitching looks nothing like Felix Hernandez.
Yeah, that was a big-league team out there and you can’t take anyone for granted. But 13 months ago at this time, I remember the Mariners marching into San Diego and obliterating the Padres offense with their pitching staff. They would not allow a crew as bad as this one to dismantle their ace.
Hernandez looks too human.
Safeco Field? Must look superhuman to some of these Mariners.
The park might have taken a couple of home runs away from the M’s tonight. Tough to prove, because the ball seemed to carry well at some times and die at others.
But it’s perception that matters here. And the Mariners cannot allow this ballpark to get inside the heads of hitters this early in their careers. We’re only four games into this homestand and plenty can change. But right now, seven runs (make it 10 after that ninth inning rally — forgot to change it) in four home games after that high-powered road trip just flat-out looks terrible.
Like I said, pretty dismal night. Good thing it only counts for one loss.