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For the second day in a row, the Mariners blew the San Diego Padres up early and cruised to a relatively easy 8-3 victory. Raul Ibanez did the damage today with a three-run homer off former Seattle and Yankees teammate Freddy Garcia in a five-run first inning that decided things from the get-go.
Michael Saunders and Michael Morse added doubles in the inning as the Mariners took a 5-0 lead. Then, after the Padres scored a run in the fourth, the Mariners ran up the score with three more runs in the fifth. Seattle finished the day with seven doubles among 16 hits.
Erasmo Ramirez turned in a scoreless first inning, allowing just one hit, while James Paxton retired three in a row in the second inning after giving up a leadoff single.
For Ibanez, the home run was similar to what Jason Bay did early on in Saturday’s game with a two-run shot. The two veterans were brought to town for their leadership ability, but also because the Mariners feel they can still play. Ibanez has always hit right-handed pitching well and wasted little time against Garcia, who he teamed with in New York last year.
“I was just looking for a pitch that I could hit hard somewhere,” said Ibanez, who finished 2-for-3 with the homer, a single, three RBI and a run scored . “I thought he might throw something else. With him, he throws so many different pitches — he’s got a great forkball, split thing and I though he might throw it there, and he did.”More