PEORIA, Ariz. – The San Diego Padres hit four two-run home runs as the Mariners fell, 12-2, to their Peoria Sports Complex neighbors before a crowd of 5,636 on Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. Kyle Seager singled twice and walked once. He is now batting .308 (16×52) with 5 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 7 RBI in 18 Cactus League games this spring.
In his 4th Cactus League start of the season, Yovani Gallardo gave up 7 runs on 9 hits, including 3 home runs, while walking 2 and striking out 2 in 4.1 innings of work.
The Padres took an early 4-0 lead with a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. San Diego added a run in the 2nd after a leadoff double came around to score, extending the Padres lead to 5-0. After another two-run home run in the bottom of the 5th, the Padres stretched their lead to 7-0. San Diego plated three runs in the 6th as the inning began with a triple, followed by a double and then a two-home run to bring their lead to 10-0.
The Mariners got a run back in the top of the 7th as Mike Freeman singled to lead off the inning and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Bryson Brigman.
Tuffy Gosewisch belted a two-out solo home run – his first of the spring – in the top of the 8th to make it 10-2 in favor of the Padres. San Diego answered back in the bottom of the 8th with a pair of runs on three hits and a walk for the final score of 12-2.
Nick Vincent retired both of the batters he faced in 0.2 innings, striking out 1. Marc Rzepczynski allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, including a home run, while striking out 1 in 0.1 innings. James Pazos pitched the last of the 6th inning, fanning 1 batter in 0.2 innings pitched. Edwin Díaz came on to work the bottom of the 7th and struck out the first two batters he faced. Díaz then allowed two walks and a base hit to the next three batters before being lifted for minor league-call up Rafael Pineda, who escaped the jam with fly out to center field. Pineda gave up three runs in the 8th on a double, two singles and a walk. Minor leaguer Darin Gillies got the last two outs of the 8th.
Seattle (19-13) returns to Cactus League play to face the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow (March 28) at 1:10 p.m. at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast live in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. It will also be televised live in HD on ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez is slated to make his fourth Cactus League start for the Mariners against Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke.