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May 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Padres, May 29: Mariners lose 3-2 in 10


PADRES NINTH: Wilhelmsen blows his second save, but with the winning run on third and one out, he gets a popup from Amarista and a ground out by Carlos Quentin. 2-2.

MARINERS NINTH: Jason Bay looking like the hero ahead with a leadoff homer to left — just barely over the fence. 2-1 Mariners

PADRES EIGHTH: Carter Capps works out of a huge jam — bases loaded, one out — by striking out Cabrera and getting Headkley to pop out. Stults is out, Street in. 1-1

PADRES SEVENTH: Saunders is through seven as he matchese Stults in this pitchers duel. There have been seven hits total and no walks. Stults has struck out 11, Saunders three. 1-1

PADRES SIXTH: This is officially Saunders’ longest road stint of the season. He had never made it out of the sixth before tonight. He gave up two hits in the sixth but got out of it. 1-1

MARINERS FIFTH: A big moment for Nick Franklin–his first major-league hit, a line-drive to left for a single with one out. But he died there. 1-1

PADRES FOURTH: Saunders did a nice job of working out of damage after giving up a leadoff double to Cabrera. He struck out the dangerous Headley, then picked off Cabrera. Grandal flied out to Chavez at the wall. 1-1

MARINERS FOURTH: The M’s tie it on a one-out hit by Chavez (their first baserunner), a double by Seager (his 17th) and a ground out by Morales. On the latter, second baseman Jedd Gyorko made a diving stop to throw out Morales, but the run scored on the out. 1-1

MARINERS THIRD: Nine up, nine down for the Mariners, with five strikeouts. 1-0 Padres

MARINERS SECOND: Stults strikes out the side — Morales, Shoppach and Saunders. M’s still looking for first baserunner. 1-0 Padres

PADRES FIRST: Saunders came into the game with a 22-inning scoreless streak against the Padres, dating back to August of 2011. Well, that’s over. With two outs, Chase Headley crushed an 0-2 pitch out of the park to left. The drive was estimated at 406 feet. 1-0 Padres

MARINERS FIRST: A quick 1-2-3 inning for Padres starter Eric Stults.

The battle for the Vedder Cup moves to San Diego with the two teams tied at one game apiece.

Eric Wedge said before the game he knows who will pitch Sunday in Brandon Mauer’s spot but he’s not ready to announce it. I’m still guessing Jeremy Bonderman.

Wedge said that Michael Morse was checked out today back in Seattle “and they’re still hoping it’s going to be something minimal, hopefully in that 3-5 day range.” He likely will rejoin the team in Minnesota.

Here’s Wedge on the decision to send down Brandon Mauer: “It’s never just one game, we looked at the collective work and the way I feel is it’s somewhat similar to Ackley in regard to what they’re going through. But it’s different because it’s his first time up here, he’s a starting pitcher and he’s going to go to Triple-A, which he’s never been to, so it’s still an elevated level from last year with so much more expierence and how much more he’s learned about himself and the big leagues.

“The biggest thing is just staying consistent with his tempo and mindset and approach over the course of the game. Yesterday was a good example. He starts out good, then things start to happen and he tries to do a little bit more. That’s when you lose release point and command and that’s where he gets into trouble. It’s not that his pitches weren’t doing what they need to do. His stuff is legit. He’s going to be a big-league pitcher for a long time. But he just has to get himself in the right position to execute pitches consistently throughout the course of a game.”



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