Padres lose late to Mariners 3-2, split series

Credit: Padres

Credit: Padres

T-Mobile Park- Seattle, Washington

The game started well for the San Diego Padres with a leadoff home run for Fernando Tatis Jr., which was his 21st of the season.

The ball landed into the lap of East Village Times writer, Nick Lee. A very cool moment for the native San Diegan.

Seattle responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the second to tie the game at one.

The Mariners kept pressure on as Kyle Seager homered in the 4th inning to put Seattle up by a run. Joey Lucchesi labored early with his pitch count. He ended up throwing 102 pitches in the game as he left after 5 1/3 when a ball struck Lucchesi off the bat of Daniel Vogelbach. After the game, Andy Green indicated that Lucchesi was fine and it looks like he will have nothing more than a bruise.

Francisco Mejia is 9-for-21 (.429) in his last seven games for the Padres. He started on Wednesday at DH and went 3-for-4 at the plate. He smacked his 5th homer of the year, and the switch-hitter has his batting average up to .257 on the season. His solo blast in the top of the 5th tied the game at two.

Michel Baez continues to pitch well out of the bullpen as he went 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out one batter. He still has a 0.00 ERA on the season and continues to be an impressive force out of the pen for the Padres.

In the bottom of the 8th, Wil Myers made a diving attempt to catch a drive off the bat of Mallex Smith. The ball came out of his glove, and he fumbled the throw after that resulting in Smith advancing to second. The play was ruled a double by the official scorer. A bunt by J.P. Crawford was originally turned into an out as Austin Hedges pounced on the ball and threw out Smith at third. The M’s challenged the play, and it was overturned giving Seattle runners on first and third base.

Andres Munoz was the pitcher in this whole situation in the 8th. He has had moments of melting down in the minors in times like this, but he composed himself striking out Domingo Santana. A Vogelbach ground ball allowed the deciding run to score, making it a 3-2 game. Munoz struck out Tom Murphy to end the inning, but it was too late for the Friars. Munoz was issued the loss in the game and now has a 2.53 ERA.

The Padres attempted to rally in the 9th off former Padres’ pitcher Anthony Bass. A Fernando Tatis Jr. double play ended the game though and the Padres chance to win a series for the first time since the All-Star break.

They will now head home to take on the Rockies in a series that starts on Thursday with Eric Lauer on the mound.

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