Dustin Ackley finally snapped the scoreless innings stretch for the Mariners at 15 with a two-put single in the seventh. Franklin Gutierrez added an RBI single in the eighth inning to make the final score a little more respectable, but it still wound up a 6-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.
This wasn’t good.
The Padres had not won three in a row, or swept anyone all season until now.
But again, it’s the way they did it.
Once again, the Mariners waited until the final three innings to get on the board. And by then, it was all academic. Just like Eric Wedge said last night, the M’s can’t keep waiting all game to score because then it requires everyone to be too perfect and makes every contest either a blowout loss or a nailbiter.
Erasmo Ramirez was OK until the fifth inning and wasn’t helped by Dustin Ackley flubbing that back-end of the double play with a bounced throw. But Ramirez was cooked by the sixth inning and was getting hit hard before being pulled with six runs allowed on the night, five of them earned.
Not the kind of outing the M’s were hoping for from him against the Padres, not exactly an offensive juggernaut.
The Mariners? They’d better figure something out fast. They are 11 games under .500 and now 2 1/2 games behind Oakland in the battle for last place in the division — and closing fast on the Twins in the race to the AL ocean floor.