Petco Park- San Diego, California-
In the first interleague game of the season for San Diego, the Seattle Mariners came into Petco having lost seven of their last ten games.
The Padres have been in a bit of a funk of recent as well, and it fell on rookie Nick Margevicius to keep the team on the right track.
The Padres rookie left-handed pitcher has been impressive this year with his ability to slow down the game and make quality pitches. The fact he never pitched above the Single-A level except for a playoff start last year for the San Antonio Missions, is impressive. He hits his spots and hardly ever leaves a ball over the middle of the plate. The left-handed pitcher is just that- a pitcher. He will not light up the radar gun, but he will produce outs for his team.
Franmil Reyes got the Padres off in the correct manner in the game, with a two-run homer deep into the Padres bullpen in the 2nd inning, the first of two deep homers on the night. Eric Hosmer drove in Wil Myers just before Reyes’ homer, as the first baseman continues to swing a hot bat of recent.
Fort Margevicius, he did not have his best stuff on the night but competed all game long for the Padres as he held the Mariners to two runs on four hits in his five innings of work. The lefty battled through 94 pitches, walking an unusual five batters in the game. Margevicius usually has excellent command, but the fact he pitched so well with less stuff than usual indicates the type of person he is. He battles out there and his teammates love him for that. “I did not have my best stuff,” Margevicius said after the game. He does not walk people and was very angry over the fact he allowed five free passes. “I don’t walk people,” Margevicius said with a smile. The last time he allowed as many free passes was just about one year ago in Fort Wayne. He remembered that game as a TinCap and did not like that feeling of giving up free base runners.
For the Padres, the offense is starting to pick things up. Reyes, who had been the victim of bad luck, is swinging a hot bat right now. Two home runs is a good sign for the outfielder as he continues to progress as a major leaguer and he should only get better with time. After the game, Andy Green talked about his outfielder. “I love the fact he works and is intelligent,” Green said. He appreciates the fact that Franmil adjusts all the time. He comes prepared, and that will go a long way.
The Padres bullpen has been abused all season long. Tuesday was no different. When your starting pitchers are only going five and six innings a game, the relief core will be taxed. Brad Wieck, Craig Stammen, Trey Wingenter all relieved Margevicius before Kirby Yates came in to close the game, recording his 11th save of the year. The result was a 6-3 Padres win. San Diego has now won five straight games against Seattle.
The Padres have one more game at home, before going on the road for a seven-game road trip to Washington and Atlanta.