Mariners 13, Padres 2 at Peoria Stadium
Nelson Cruz got the Mariners on the scoreboard with his second homer in as many games. Cruz launched a solo blast to left-center off of Padres starter and former Mariners’ farmhand Zach Lee for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
“He looks ok,” deadpanned manager Scott Servais. “He needs to start saving them, maybe work some singles and work an at-bat and save those homers for the season.”
Seattle broke the game open in the bottom of third, scoring six runs on three hits — all singles. How? Well after Ben Gamel’s leadoff single to right, Padres reliever and former first-round pick Michael Kelly walked the next for batters to push across two runs. He was replaced by right-hander Bryan Rodriguez, who promptly walked the first batter he faced for the third run of the inning. Singles from Mike Freeman and Shawn O’Malley drove in runs and another scored on Gamel’s fielder’s choice in his second at-bat of the inning. A total of 12 hitters came to the plate. It ended when home plate umpire Scott Barry rung up Robinson Cano for a strikeout looking on a pitch that was clearly off the plate.
The fiesta of walks continued in the fifth inning when Dinelson Lamet also walked the bases loaded and walked in a run in a four-run frame.
The Mariners had 11 hits, but drew 14 walks in the game. Conversely, their six pitchers used allowed just eight hits and didn’t walk a batter. Seattle pitchers have yet to walk a batter in two games.
“I’ve really been happy with our pitching staff,” Servais said. “The guys are going right after them and attacking and trying to get early contact. There were some deeper counts today, but still really aggressive and throwing the ball well.”
Player(s) of the game
Right-hander Chris Heston and lefty Dillon Overton gave the Mariners two scoreless innings each to start…