After honoring the late Tony Gwynn in a pre-game ceremony Monday night, the Mariners got a sweet left-handed swing from Kyle Seager that set the tone for a 5-1 victory over San Diego.
Seager tattooed a 3-0 fastball from Padres starter Tyson Ross, with runners at first and third, and drove it into the right-field seats for a three-run homer in the first inning.
I was looking for something down the middle, a fastball, Seager said, and try to hit it in the air. Worst-case scenario, if you get a pitch to drive, a guy makes a play on it, and we get a sacrifice fly.
The Mariners added two more runs in the second one coming on a Brad Miller homer and one-time San Diego ace Chris Young and the bullpen took it from there.
The guys came out and swung it. Young said. They put a lot of pressure on (Ross). They gave me the ability to be really aggressive and maybe made their guys expand a little bit at the plate more than theyd like.
Gywnn, the greatest player in Padres history, died earlier in day, at age 54, from complications resulting from salivary gland cancer. The Mariners paid tribute to the Hall of Famer in a video tribute and a moment of silence.
The Mariners also marked the infield with Gwynns No. 19 in the 5.5 hole the space between shortstop and third base where so many of Gwynns 3,141 career hits found daylight.
Young pitched for the Padres from 2006-10, and was an All-Star in 2007, but had never faced them while pitching for three other clubs in a 10-year career.