Well, the Mariners don't get the sweep and perhaps my game story from yesterday's game jinxed them.
Or perhaps it was the pitchers' mistake of not pitching around Adrian Gonzalez, who went 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
"The biggest thing with this game, obviously, was letting Gonzalez beat us twice in one game," Wakamatsu said. "You go in there with the game plan knowing this guy can do the most damage and he ends up hitting a home run and double off us, when we're basically trying to pitch around him."
If you look at the Padres line-up, there is no other hitters you'd consider dangerous, or even moderately decent. I'll give Kevin Kouzmanoff a small benefit of the doubt, cause he has hit in the past, he's relatively young and because I drank cocktails with him.
But Brian Giles? No
Edgar Gonzalez? not quite
Chase Headly? Not yet.
So Gonzalez gets a cookie on a 2-1 pitch from Jakubauskas in the sixth to tie the game.
"It boils down to I left a pitch over the middle," Jakubauskas said. "He gets paid a lot to hit those pitches and he did. It was the wrong time to challenge him."
Even then I think we all thought that Franklin Gutierrez was going to find a way to make that catch. You can't help it. We've become spoiled to having him out there and thinking he can track down anything. Even his own manager can't help it.
"Anything in the air, even the ball to the gap, if it has air underneath of it, you feel like he's going to catch it," Wakamatsu said.
Gutierrez made a great leaping effort, but the glove hit off the tip of his glove.
"I did everything I could," he said. "I jumped and it went off my glove. I thought I could catch it and save a run."
It would have saved the lead he gave the Mariners after hitting a pair of solo home runs in the game. That was three for the season. Petco is tough place to hit the ball out of and two of them were to the deepest parts of Petco.
"I consider myself a line-drive hitter, but sometimes you put a very good swing on the ball and the ball will carry out," Gutierrez said.
Starter Brandon Morrow wasn't bad, but wasn't great. His first inning was shaky and he couldn't spot his fastball, saying he was "trying to place the ball in the strikezone" instead of just letting his arm go. Morrow is pretty introspective and admitted that part of the reason that it happened has been his past command issues this season.
"The walks were down, but the major issue is pitch economy, 20 pitches in an inning doesn't cut it," Morrow said. "The end results are okay. But runs matter and you want to give more innings than that."
After the first inning, Morrow seemed to settle in and pitch better because he relaxed and just pitched and not placed.
"The life on my fastball is better, my breaking stuff is better and the location is better because you aren't thinking about it, you just let your mechanics take over," he said.
Morrow seemed upbeat that he was making progress.
"I hope so," he said. "I felt a lot better the last three innings. Once I find that rhythm my mechanics take over and I feel alright."
Wakamatsu seemed satisfied if not pleased, except for the first inning.
"Eventually I thought he settled in," Wakamatsu said. "It's not about the stuff. It's about getting ahead of hitters and get deeper in the game. Four inning is not what we're looking for, but it's still easier for him."
Wakamatsu mentioned he'd like to see Morrow use his change-up more.
According to Morrow's pitch F/x breakdown, he only threw three change-ups in 74 pitches.
As for Wak managing the bullpen, perhaps you could have pitched Sean White in the 10th, but he's thrown a lot, and everybody else went in and made it through their inning of work, there's no reason to think Miguel Batista couldn't do the same. Well, except for the fact that he's Miguel Batista.