The definition of a rivalry is not Padres-Mariners no matter how much Bud Selig wants it to be. The so called "natural" rivals in interleague play don't hate each other. There's no bragging rights over the Fields No. 12 and 13 at the Peoria Spring training complex or the best tables at the Salty Seniorita or first in line at the In-Out burger.
But also in my definition of a rivalry each team has an equal chance of winning and of late that isn't the case.
The Mariners have owned the Padres (one of the worst big league teams I've ever seen).
With Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Padres, Seattle has now won eight straight against their rivals and 10 straight at Petco Park. It's the longest winning streak by an opponent at Petco since it opened. In the last 20 games against the Padres the Mariners have won 16.
Yeah, it was far from dominating and Nick Hundley's poor decision and even worse pick-off throw to third that was low and left, and allowed Franklin Gutierrez to trot home with the winning run was a gift.
Garrett Olson didn't pitch bad, but he gave up two homers on 0-2 pitches, and after the press meeting when I asked Don Wakamatsu how frustrating watching 0-2 bombs are, he just stuck out his jaw, looked down and shook his head.
Still Wak was pretty happy with Olson's outing --- 6 IP, 3 runs, 2 hits and a walk.
"Other than that he was awfully good today," Wak said. "I thought his composure was good and like the way he attacked the hitters."
Wak said he would have preferred a few more change-ups from Olson, particularly to right-handers like Kevin Kouzmanoff and Chase Headley, who hit the homers.
Mike Carp was pretty funny after the game.
He talked about his ultra hard swing on the 1-0 pitch.
"He threw slider away and I knew he didn't want to go 2-0 to me, so why not try to lose one there," Carp said.
But more impressive he was able to come back and lay off some pitches out of the zone and draw a walk. I don't imagine many guys work walks in the first MLB at-bats.
Lopez with his 10th homer this season...he has hit seven of those 10 homers in the last 17 games. Since May 29th, he's hitting .333 (22-for-66) and raised his average from .216 to .248.