Clayton Richard gets the win on a night he also drove in three runs. The M’s had nine hits, and seven of them were by the first two hitters in the order, Ichiro (three) and Franklin Gutierrez (four).
PADRES EIGHTH: They tack on one more off Oliver Perez on a sac fly by Headley to go up 9-5 heading to the ninth.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Sorry, I’ve fallen behind due to internet issues and the need to bang out a story. M’s had two hits and a walk, but Gutierrez hit into a DP and they stranded two. Stil 8-5.
PADRES SIXTH: Clayton Richard does it again with his bat, delivering an RBI single to left-center after the Mariners walked Hundley intentionally to get to him. To review: He came into the game hitting .040 (1-for-25), and now is 2-for-2 with three RBIs. 7-5 Padres.
MARINERS FIFTH: The M’s get one back on a throwing error by third baseman Headley, scoring Gutierrez, who had reached on his third hit of the game. This game is not exactly a fielding clinic. The two teams combined have four errors leading to five unearned runs. 7-5 Padres.
PADRES FOURTH: The Padres bat around and bust loose for five runs — one of them unearned as a result of Kyle Seager’s second error of the game. The big hit was a two-run double by none other than pitcher Clayton Richard, hitting .040 (1-for-25 with 17 strikeouts). It wasn’t a cheapie, either. He ripped it down the right-field line. 7-4 Padres.
MARINERS FOURTH: A very quick 1-2-3 inning for Richard, who strikes out Ichiro to end it. 4-2 Mariners.
PADRES THIRD: They get two runs back, both unearned as a result of a Kyle Seager error on a hard grounder by Nick Hundley. One run scored on a ground out to short, another on a two-out single by Headley. 4-2 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners extended their lead to 4-0 on a Justin Smoak sac fly, but left the bases loaded as Dustin Ackley grounded out. Clayton Richard is really struggling. 4-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Another inning, another homer — Miguel Olivo blasts one into the lower balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. building behind left field for a 3-0 Mariners lead.
PADRES SECOND: Millwood strikes out the first two hitters, and after a walk of Headley gets a pop fly from Quentin to end the inning. 2-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIRST: A great start for the Mariners, as Ichiro reaches on a throwing error, and Gutierrez follows with a two-run homer to left off Clayton Richard. This is not an easy park to hit the ball out of, but Gutierrez now has four homers at Petco. This is his 10th game here. That’s back-to-back two-run homers for Gutierrez, who had one in the eighth inning on Wednesday in Arizona. 2-0 Mariners.
After tearing up Chase Field in Arizona, hitting .336 (38-for-113) with seven doubleS, five home runs and 23 runs in three games, it will be interesting to see how the Mariners do in spacious Petco Park, not exactly known as a hitters paradise. Then again, it’s not Safeco Field.
Mariners starter Kevin Millwood is 8-2 with a 3.27 ERA lifetime in 17 starts against the Padres, and 4-0, 3.30 in eight starts in San DIego.