Found May 29, 2013 on
San Diego Padres
The Seattle Mariners have not fared well outside Safeco Field.
Neither has Joe Saunders.
The veteran left-hander will try to help the Mariners end a six-game road skid - and extend his lengthy scoreless streak against the San Diego Padres - Wednesday night when this four-game set continues.
After splitting the first two games of this two-city series, Seattle (22-30) has two games at San Diego and three at Minnesota.
The Mariners dropped two of three last season at the Padres (23-28), but they've won 15 of 20 as the road team in this series. Seattle, though, is mired in its longest slide away from home since an eight-game skid April 28-May 12, 2012.
Saunders (3-5, 6.09 ERA) is 0-4 with an 11.25 ERA in five road starts. He's obviously been far better at home, but even pitching at Safeco didn't help in Friday's 9-5 loss to Texas. Saunders struck out a season-high seven but surrendered six runs in five innings as his career mark in Seattle fell to 9-1.
"He struggled tonight. He still battled and got us through five innings, but he threw a lot of pitches (95),'' manager Eric Wedge said. "He made some mistakes and they got to him.''
The Padres haven't been able to, though, with Saunders bringing in a 22 2-3-inning shutout stretch against them. He's 3-0 with a 0.28 ERA in his last four outings against San Diego after going seven innings in a 2-1 Arizona win at Petco Park on April 11, 2012.
San Diego, winner of seven of 10 in this series following Tuesday's 6-1 victory, opens its five-game homestand with Eric Stults (4-4, 4.22) getting his first look at the Mariners.
The veteran left-hander, 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his last two home starts, allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings of Friday's 5-2 loss to Arizona.
"I felt like I got away with some pitches through the sixth inning,'' said Stults, who allowed all four runs in the seventh. "Actually, it felt like in the seventh inning I made the pitches I wanted to, (but) just didn't have the results.''
Stults will likely be throwing to Yasmani Grandal, who went 1 for 4 with a run Tuesday in his season debut. He just finished a 50-game suspension for a positive test showing elevated testosterone levels.
Kelly Shoppach could be back behind the plate for Seattle after rookie catcher Jesus Sucre drove in his first career run with a sacrifice fly Tuesday.
Mariners rookie second baseman Nick Franklin, called up prior to Monday's 9-0 victory, might be back in the lineup after going 0 for 4 with a strikeout and an error in his first major league start Tuesday.
San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko had a much better game, setting a team rookie record for homers in one month with his sixth.
Justin Smoak (strained oblique) will likely miss a fourth consecutive game for Seattle, while slugger Michael Morse is questionable after suffering a right quadriceps strain Tuesday.
Kendrys Morales, batting .472 (17 for 36) with a homer and nine RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak, has never faced Stults.
Chase Headley has more hits off Saunders than any other Padre, going 7 for 19 with two doubles.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Seattle Mariners top 100 prospect, Nick Franklin, was called up on Monday. Franklin, a middle infielder, is expected to play second base in place of Dustin Ackley, who was hitting just .205/.266/.516 with one home run on the season.Fantasy Play: Franklin comes with top 100 status regardless of publication and has been spotted in the top 45 into this season. Though a shortstop in...
The Seattle Mariners removed outfielder Mike Morse from last
night’s game after the slugger suffered a leg injury while attempting to score
from first base, according to Gregg Bell of MLB.com.
The Mariners officially called the injury a strained right
quadriceps, listing Morse as day-to-day. Manager Eric Wedge said after the game
that Morse could remain in Seattle...
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge believes "sabermetrics" is to blame for the struggles of recently demoted second basemen Dustin Ackley.Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was sent down to Triple-A on Monday amid a horrific offensive start to the season. Wedge thinks Ackley's woes can more or less be blamed on the specialized analysis known as sabermetrics...
The Seattle Mariners have recalled infielder Alex Liddi from Triple-A Tacoma and sent rookie starting pitcher Brandon Maurer down to Tacoma in a corresponding move.
Liddi was available for Wednesday night's game against the host San Diego Padres.
The move was made because Maurer has struggled in the Seattle rotation. He went 2-7 with a 6.93 ERA in 10 starts and has given up...
Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Morse suffered a right quadriceps strain in last night’s action against the San Diego Padres trying to score from first base on a double.Morse was clearly laboring as he reached third and was easily thrown out at home after being waived home by third-base coach Daren Brown.For the time being, Morse has been listed as day-to-day and was replaced...
The Padres are a few short hours away from playing their final game of 2013 with the Seattle Mariners. Since it became probable last week that today’s game would feature Andrew Cashner versus “King” Felix Hernandez fans have trying to figure out a way to ditch work and get to the park. Good luck with that.
Since we all know of Felix Hernandez based on his reputation (bad-ass...
Much like the Jesus Montero move just a few short days ago, Dustin Ackley's performance really left the Mariners without many options. Demoting him -- and allowing Nick Franklin to get a look in the big leagues -- was the right thing to do. So where does Ackley go from here? We take a look at the road ahead for the former No. 2 overall pick.
Right fielder Michael Morse has left the Seattle Mariners game against the San Diego Padres after getting thrown out trying to score from first base on a double.
Morse left Tuesday night in the top of the fifth inning. Morse became the second out of the bottom of the fourth after he was thrown out at home plate trying to score on a double from Michael Saunders. Morse was laboring...
Aaron Harang threw a four-hitter, Jason Bay hit his first career leadoff homer and Michael Morse added a three-run shot as part of Seattle's four-run first inning as the Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 9-0 on Monday.
Harang (2-5) rebounded from a poor last start against the Angels, allowing a leadoff bloop double to Everth Cabrera and then retiring 18 of the next 19 batters...
A rather mediocre, gloomy season saw a glimpse of brightened sunlight on Monday for Seattle Mariners starter Aaron Harang, who tossed a complete-game shutout against the San Diego Padres in a 9-0 victory.Following two straight quality starts, Harang surrendered seven runs in 3.2 innings of work in his last outing on Tuesday, the third time in six starts this season that he has surrendered...
As the season trudges along owners must be in tune with the daily goings-on in Major League Baseball. Three potential impact players enter the player pool picture today: Nick Franklin (SS, Seattle), Michael Wacha (SP, St. Louis), and Yasmani Grandal (C, San Diego).
Nick Franklin- Shortstop/Second Baseman- Seattle Mariners: Nick Franklin offers the Seattle Mariners a desperate change...
As their appearance in MLB's Fan Cave proved.