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June 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Padres, June 24: Mariners lose, 2-0

The Mariners have hit on this road trip — a .295 team average in the first five games — but they didn’t put up much of an attack today. They managed just five hits (two by Hector Noesi), and didn’t get a runner past second base. Noesi falls to 2-9.
PADRES EIGHTH: Furbush completes two perfect innings, with two strikeouts. That’s 16 outings in a row with at least one strikeout. The M’s will face Huston Street in ninth, trailing 2-0.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The Mariners ran themselves out of a rally after Kyle Seager’s pinch-hit double with one out. Against the Padres shift, Smoak lined out to the second baseman, and Seager was doubled off second. 2-0 Padres.
PADRES SEVENTH: Charlie Furbush replaces Noesi in the seventh and needs just 10 pitches to get through a three-up, three-down inning. The line on Noesi: six innings, seven hits, two runs, two earned runs, three walks, six strikeouts, 105 pitches, and two hits at the plate. If this score holds, he’ll join Baltimore’s Jake Arrieta as the only nine-game losers in the majors. 2-0 Padres.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Jesus Montero pinch-hit for Noesi and drew a two-out walk, after which Joe Thatcher replaced Volquez. Ichiro grounded into a force on his first pitch to end the inning. 2-0 Padres.
MARINERS SIXTH: Michael Saunders delivered their fourth hit of the game, a two-out single to right. And then Dustin Ackley struck out. Only one Mariner has gotten to second base — Hector Noesi (twice). 2-0 Padres.
PADRES FIFTH: Mark Kotsay got his third hit of the game, a one-out single, but gets no farther. Through five, Noesi has given up seven hits and two walks. He’s lucky to be down just 2-0.
MARINERS FIFTH: Hector Noesi pretty much is the Mariners’ offense today, which isn’t a good sign. He singled with two outs and has two of their three hits. Ichiro walked, but Jaso flied out to the track in center. 2-0 Padres.
PADRES FOURTH: Noesi got in a heap of trouble — bases loaded, no outs on a walk and two singles — but got a break when he speared Maybin’s screaming line drive up the middle — mostly in self-defense. He nearly doubled the runner off second but his throw was barely too late. Amarista, however, followed with a ground-rule double to left for two runs on a ball that Wells struggled with all the way. I think Saunders probably catches that ball, but he was in center today. Noesi got out of it without further damage. 2-0 Padres.
PADRES THIRD: Noesi gave up a two-out single to Kotsay on an 0-2 pitch — his nemesis this season — but promptly picked him off first as Kotsay broke for second and was caught in a rundown. Noesi has fanned five through three scoreless innings. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners had first and second, one out on Hector Noesi’s first career hit (a dunker to right) and an Ichiro single, but Jaso flied out to left and Wells struck out for the second time in the game. Still scoreless.
PADRES SECOND: After a leadoff single by Baker, Noesi gets a break when Maybin’s hard grounder is right at Figgins, who gets a force. Noesi struck out the next two and has fanned four through two. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: They go down 1-2-3 on a bunt attempt by Saunders, a liner to left by Ackley, and hard grounder to first by Figgins. 0-0.
PADRES FIRST: Noesi toughened up to get out of a big jam without damage (though it took 25 pitches. He walked the leadoff man, Venable, who moved to second on a sacrifice and third on Kotsay’s hit. Noesi then struck out Headley and Denorfia, both on 3-2 pitches. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: John Jaso drew a one-out walk, but Casper Wells struck, out and Justin Smoak grounded out. 0-0.
Another beautiful day in San Diego as the Mariners try to win the series. Some sad news: Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, the Mariners’ first-round pick in 1983, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 50. There was a moment of silence in his memory prior to the game. Akerfelds was traded to the A’s before he ever played for the Mariners.

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