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June 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Padres, June 23: Mariners win, 5-1

The Padres got runners to second and third with one out, but Tom Wilhelmsen got out of it to preserve the Mariners first win this season over mighty San Diego.
MARINERS NINTH: Mariners 3 and 4 hitters, Kyle Seager and Jesus Montero, are a combined 0-for-10 with 3 K’s tonight. But M’s lead 5-1, and Tom Wilhelmsen is coming in to try to wrap it up.
MARINERS EIGHTH: With the bases loaded and two outs, Felix Hernandez — in the on-deck circle — was called back by Eric Wedge, who sent John Jaso up to pinch-hit. So no chance for Felix to get a grand slam on the anniversary of the one he hit off Santana. Jaso grounded out — hard — to second. Lucas Luetge coming in to pitch. 5-1 Mariners.
PADRES SIXTH: Hernandez strikes out two more, including Headley on 93-mph heat. He’s fanned nine and is in complete control in search of his first win since May 21. 5-1 Mariners.
PADRES FIFTH: Hernandez puts Padres down in order, racking up his seventh strikeout. The Mariners have to be encouraged by his revival the last two starts. 5-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Marquis puts the Mariners down in order for the first time since the first inning, striking out Seager and Saunders, both looking. 5-1 Mariners.
PADRES FOURTH: Shortstop Brendan Ryan turned a smash by Everth Cabrera into an inning-ending double play to get Felix out of first-and-third jam.
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariners give Felix another run to work with on Ichiro’s RBI single, bringing home Ackley, who walked and stole second (on strike three to Hernandez, who returned to earth). 5-1 Mariners.
PADRES THIRD: Felix strikes out the side (around a Venable single). Six of his last seven outs have been via strikeouts. He’s looking sharp tonight — on the mound AND at the plate. 4-1 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: Michael Saunders ripped a homer down the right-field line with two outs, his eighth of the season — seven of them on the road and six of his homers solos. 4-1. Montero has struck out in six of his last seven at-bats.
PADRES SECOND: A very nice inning for Hernandez, who strikes out the first two hitters and getse Hundley on a lazy fly to right. 3-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: I mentioned earlier today is the fourth anniversary of Felix’s epic grand slam off Johan Santana. Sure enough, on the first pitch he saw from Jason Marquis, with two outs and two on, he laced a double into the right-field corner to drive in two. The Mariners had scored earlier on a Brendan Ryan ground out, and all three runs were unearned as the result of an error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. 3-1 Mariners.
PADRES FIRST: The Padres get a run off Hernandez on, of all things, a balk. One-out singles by Cameron Maybin and Chase Headley put runners on the corners, and Hernandez made a pickoff attempt to first with Carlos Quentin at the plate. Home-plate umpire Ed Hickok called Hernandez for the balk, with Maybin coming home. I didn’t detect what the infraction was, so I’ll have to ask after the game. Felix then got a shallow popup and a strikeout to end the threat. 1-0 Padres.
MARINERS FIRST: Jason Marquis needed just 10 pitches to breeze through the inning. 0-0.

Felix Hernandez tries to build on his strong outing against the Giants last time out (seven innings, one earned run), and the Mariners try to finally get a victory over the Padres after four straight losses this year. Padres starter Jason Marquis beat them in Seattle, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 9-5 San Diego victory.
By the way, tonight is the four-year anniversary of Felix’s memorable grand slam off Johan Santana at Shea Stadium, which you can watch here:

He also hurt his leg later in that game covering home on a wild pitch. Hernandez has just two other hits in his career and is a lifetime .125 (3-for-24) hitter.
It’s another beautiful night in San Diego, by the way.
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