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March 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Padres 7, Mariners 2 — a tough loss to their “natural rivals”

BOX SCORE ... 03.21.14 Box Score

In yet another battle for the bragging rights of Peoria Stadium and the Peoria Sports Complex, the Padres prevailed in this skirmish.

One bad inning doomed James Paxton’s outing. The talented left-hander gave up three runs in the second inning and the Mariners could never rally. Paxton had command issues in that inning, leaving a few pitches up the zone that resulted in a two-run single for Ryan Jackson and a RBI double for Will Venable.

“I struggled with my command a little bit,” Paxton said. “I was working on my offspeed stuff and I fell behind in counts and left some balls up.”

He showed a little moxie, getting out of the third inning despite Brad Miller booting a routine ground ball and Abraham Almonte making a strange and wild throw to the backstop that allowed the runners to move up. With runners on second and third and one out, Paxton got a shallow pop up and a fly out to get out of the inning.

“Everything is not going to go perfect every time out, sometimes you have to pick your team up,” McClendon said.

Paxton was able to bounce back and give the Mariners two more scoreless innings before being lifted after 70 pitches. He threw another 20 pitches in the bullpen.

Offensively, the Mariners were led by Brad Miller, who continued his torrid spring training pace. Miller singled in the first inning and scored on Robinson Cano’s RBI double to right field. Miller also doubled home Abraham Almonte in the fifth inning to account for the other Seattle run. Miller is now hitting .463 (19-for-41) this spring. Cano is hitting .581 (17-for-30).

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