Mariners Game Recap: Padres Win 4-2 in Series Finale


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The San Diego Padres (17-17) redeemed themselves on Wednesday night, winning 4-2 against the Seattle Mariners (15-17) in the series finale. James Shields‘ perfect record remains in tact after earning another victory tonight. Taijuan Walker looked much more comfortable for Seattle, but was saddled with the hard luck loss. Craig Kimbrel picked up save number 10 on Wednesday night for San Diego.

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Despite the loss, the Mariners still sit in 3rd place in the American League West. Seattle is 5.5 games back of the division leading Houston Astros, and 3.5 games back of the wildcard.

Taijuan Walker (1-4, 7.22 ERA) did a very nice job on the hill tonight, but it ultimately proved to not be enough. Prince Tai has been a disappointment this season, but he looked much better on Wednesday night. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits across 6 innings this evening. Walker fanned 6 Padres and walked just 1. A solo home run and a sac fly was all the offense San Diego could muster against the 22-year-old right-hander. Prince Tai used his fastball very effectively tonight, and consistently registered in the high 90’s on the gun.

Carson Smith‘s stellar season continued as he hurled a perfect 8th inning tonight. Smitty struck out 2 Padres in his lone inning of work. Danny Farquhar has underperformed this year, but he kept San Diego off the scoreboard in the top of the 9th on Wednesday night.

Big Game James lived up to his self imposed nickname this evening. James Shields (5-0, 3.91 ERA) dominated the M’s, allowing 1 run on 6 hits across 6 innings to earn his 5th win of the campaign. Shields struck out 9 and walked 3. He struggled with his command in his final frame, but managed to escape unscathed. 62 of his 115 pitches found the strike zone.

May 13, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter

Brad Miller

(5) hits an RBI-double against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. San Diego defeated Seattle, 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Miller was the Mariners’ offense tonight. The quirky 25-year-old went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run. He was responsible for both of Seattle’s runs in the series finale. He also demonstrated great patience, working an 8-pitch walk in the bottom of the first inning. The Mariners have made the decision to remove Miller as the M’s shortstop, and he appears be using this as motivation. Logan Morrison was only other Mariner to record multiple hits tonight.

Will Middlebrooks got San Diego on the scoreboard in the top of the 3rd. The Padres’ third baseman launched a solo home run over the wall in left field tonight. Cory Spangenberg was the star tonight on offense for the away side. Spangenberg went 2 for 3 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Veteran outfielder Will Venable was another Padre who contributed multiple hits this evening.

The Mariners reverted back to their old tricks tonight, stranding 25 base runners, many of which were in scoring position. Seattle had done a much better job of cashing in during their 4 game winning streak, but the bats went cold tonight. Hopefully, M’s fans will be treated to some clutch at bats this weekend at Safeco Field.

The Seattle Mariners (15-17) will welcome the Boston Red Sox (16-18) to town on Thursday night in the opener of a 4-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm from the corner of Edgar & Dave. Roenis Elias (0-1, 3.86 ERA) will get the ball for the M’s tomorrow night. Joe Kelly (1-2, 6.35 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Red Sox. Root Sports Northwest will carry the game locally, and subscribers can watch on connected devices.

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