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Mariners swept away at Safeco Field by Padres

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm with 13 Comments »
June 14, 2012 11:05 pm

There have been good times and bad throughout their first  65 games, and the Seattle Mariners may have hit a new low tonight – losing to the San Diego Padres, 6-2, for their fifth consecutive loss.

Five hits and the team batting average at Safeco Field is now an impossible .198 – lowest among 30 big-league taems. And this one came after a pre-game meeting Eric Wedge held with Mariners hitters.

“We’ve got to get out of this funk we’re in here,” Wedge said.

The funk has built a 10-18 record at home, where the Mariners have a 3.41 earned run average but don’t seem the same team that has a .257 road batting average.

“We’re facing the same teams, the same pitchers we faced on the road,” Wedge said

Scoreless through four innings, the game got away in the fifth when the Padres scored three times against rookie Erasmo Ramirez. After a ground ball single and a bloop base hit, the inning got away on a sacrifice bunt attempt  by catcher John Baker.

“On that play, the ball is Ramirez’s,” Wedge explained. “(Kyle) Seager read it and went to the bag. If Ramirez fields it, we get the runner at third and it’s an entirely different inning.”

Instead, the bunt loaded the bases with no one out.

After a pop out, Ramirez gave up a single to Will Venable to get one run home, and two more scored on a fielders choice and an error on a double play pivot by Dustin Ackley and San Diego took a 3-0 lead. Three more runs in the sixth and the game was gone.

“On the road, we’ve set the tone early, gotten out to a lead,” Wedge said. “We’re not doing that at home.”

At Safeco Field, a significant drop off in the Mariners power numbers is understandable – it’s a ball park where the ball doesn’t carry, especially in cool weather.

But exactly why that’s kept them from hitting for average? No one seems to have an answer to that.

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  1. “But exactly why that’s kept them from hitting for average? No one seems to have an answer to that.”

    um………….. mediocre players??? ya think………..?

  2. bbnate420 says:

    There the same mediocre players playing on the road!

  3. bbnate420 says:

    *They’re*

  4. gonefishin69690 says:

    We finished last season at .414. Currently we are at .415. So this is the improved team we have been waiting for, for a decade now?

  5. gonefishin69690 says:

    At Safeco Field, a significant drop off in the Mariners power numbers is understandable – it’s a ball park where the ball doesn’t carry, especially in cool weather…………Gee, the ball seems to carry just fine for every other team but ours.

  6. All the talk about moving the fences seems to have ended, not by management telling players to shut up, but rather by an opposition home run to the same part of the park a half inning after Smoak slams his helmet in frustration. If they can do it in this park, then we should be able to as well.

  7. Pretty Sad!

  8. gonefishin69690 says:

    Yeah GoNavy, That really got to me. “Maybe we need to move the fences in”….next it will be “Maybe we should get 4 outs per inning instead of only 3″

  9. SandlotSam says:

    Swept by the Padres. I can’t wait until the Nuns come to town, they’ll probably sweep the M’s, too…

  10. hawkfan777 says:

    Everyone seems to keep forgetting that baseball is just as much a head game as it is a skill game. It is a lot like golf. Confidence is huge, the other teams don’t come in with the same expectation as the mariners have. Moving the fences in would be huge for the Mariners because it would boost their confidence a bunch and it wouldn’t change the other teams confidence very much.

  11. what a miserable sports town.

  12. It’s not Truinfel, it’s Triunfel! Waaah!

  13. In response to Hawkfan, I guess that means we can easily sign power hitting free agents because they’re unaware of Safeco’s reputation (and are eager to come here because the Mariners have such funny commercials!). Nope, I don’t know why you’d think other teams’ hitters look at Safeco any different than do the Ms.

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