Errors Open Door for San Diego Win
Seattle Mariners 5, San Diego Padres 9
When: 10:05 ET, Friday, June 22, 2012
Where: Petco Park, San Diego
Umpires: Home — Chris Conroy, 1B — Ed Hickox, 2B — Mark Carlson, 3B — Angel Hernandez
1. Franklin Gutierrez
Guti was fantastic at the plate tonight, racking up 4 hits including a first inning 2-run homer. It was the centerfielders second home run in as many games.
I doubt we’ll ever see Guiterrez return quite to the form he was in in 2009. That season—his first with the Mariner’s—the then 26-year old hit .283 with 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases.
None the less, it’s nice to have the gold glove defender patrolling center again for the M’s. Even better is that he’s once again flashing some power that made him a threat at the top of the lineup.
2. Charlie Furbush
Charlie Furbush has been lights out for the Mariner’s bullpen. So far in 2012 he has a 2.30 ERA and 7.00 K/BB. He’s striking out 11.5 batters per nine innings while walking just 1.6. His WHIP is an astronomically low 0.622.
The hard throwing lefty pitched two solid innings tonight, giving up 1 hit while striking out 2. It was his 12th scoreless appearance in a row, and his 10th overall appearance in which he’s pitched more than 1 inning.
Originally developed as a starter, Furbush has become a solid middle inning reliever for the M’s this season. He’s shown great adaption, whether it’s coming in to pitch two innings or just pitch to one batter.
As it stands, he’s been the best thing to come out of the Doug Fister trade.
There’s not much “good” left to report on in this game, so I guess I’ll highlight that Ichiro Suzuki once again had a solid night at the plate.
Struggling to hit after being moved to the leadoff spot, Ichiro was given a rest day by manager Eric Wedge on Monday. Since returning to the lineup Tuesday, the M’s rightfielder is batting .533 with 5 runs scored.
Hopefully the 38-year old Ichiro is proving he still has something left in the tank, opposed to using it all up before sputtering to the finish line.
1. Kevin Millwood
I don’t know what Kevin Millwood thought he was doing tonight, but trying to put together a quality start wasn’t it.
The 37-year old was coming off a streak of two solid starts and looking to add another. He failed to do so, giving up 8 runs (5 earned) in five innings. He struck out three, walked three, gave up 8 hits and hit one batter.
It was quite the ugly start for Millwood, as he just couldn’t get anything going.
2. Kyle Seager
Despite the bad start, Millwood can’t take all the blame for tonight’s loss. Thanks to two errors by Kyle Seager, three of the Padres runs came in unearned.
The first came to open up the third inning, which would see San Diego put two runs on the board. The next would come in fourth, an inning in which the Padres scored 5 runs.
Both errors could have prevented runs, and it highlighted a major flaw for the Mariners. Kyle Seager is a man without a position.
Though he can play almost anywhere in the infield, it doesn’t mean he looks good while doing it. He’s barely above average at third, and already has five errors there on the season. It’s time for Seattle to find a spot to lock him down at for the long run.
3. Clayton Richard
Clayton Richard was the bane of the Seattle Mariners tonight.
It’s bad enough that he escaped his 6.2 innings with a quality start, despite giving up 5 runs (only 3 were earned). He also had to hurt the Mariner’s with his bat as well.
Richard, a .111 batter, was 2-2 at the plate tonight. He had a double and a single, collecting 3 RBI and scoring 1 run. It always stinks when the opposing starter is better than yours, but it’s even worse when he has more RBI than anyone else in the came.
Venable had three or more hits for the fourth time this season. He had a season-best four against Washington on May 15.
Seattle had won four straight games at Petco Park prior to Friday’s loss. The nine runs were San Diego’s second-highest output of the season behind 11 scored against the New York Mets on May 24.
Millwood drops to 4-1 in nine career starts in San Diego – five coming at Qualcomm Stadium before the Padres moved to Petco Park.