I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I love day baseball. I might love it more if I didn't stay up so late at night. But that's another story. Anyway, we've got a good pitching matchup today with Felix and youngster Mat Latos. It's Mat with one T.
Felix Hernandez again starts off slowly again, giving up a double to the diminutive David Eckstein (who I am taller than) and then Adrian Gonzalez dumps a single to right field to score Eckstein. The Padres lead 1-0.
A few notes on Felix's first innings this season. Only once in his last eight start has he gone 1-2-3 in the first inning, and he's allowed 12 hits and seven runs with three walks in the first inning.
The Mariners get a leadoff single from Ichiro Suzuki. But little else. Chone Figgins popped up to center and I'm trying to remember the last time he had back to back line drives.
Everth Cabrera gets a two out single and steals second, but he's stranded there after Figgins makes a nice play on a slow roller off the bat of Tony Gywnn Jr. Felix is at 30 pitches.
Latos rolls through the inning 1-2-3. He's at 19 pitches.
Felix has his first 1-2-3 inning even getting out Eckstein and Gonzalez. I can't believe I just typed that.
Ichiro gets a two out double but is stranded there. I know I've typed those last four words before.
Felix works back to back 1-2-3 innings, with two Ks.
Mike Sweeney with a one out single, but left fielder Oscar Salazar robs Milton Bradley of a sure RBI double with a nice running, shoe string catch. Then Latos strikes out Griffey on a questionable call for the third out.
Felix gives up a lead off single to Nick Hundley and the Padres sac bunt him to second. He advances to third on Rob Johnson's sixth passed ball of the season and scores on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s fielders' choice.
The Mariners get a two-out single from Josh Wilson but nothing else.
Felix gives up a hit to Gonzalez, who advances to second on a wild pitch - which could have been a passed ball. He walks Matt Stairs, but does get out of the inning.
Mike Sweeney draws a walk after almost hitting myself, John McGrath and Randy Adamack of the Mariners with a foul ball. I tried to catch it, but I missed it.
And here's the dent it left in the wall just over my right shoulder.
I really did try to catch it. But I missed it like a Felix fastball.
The Padres tack on another run as Everth Cabrera leads off with a single and steals second. Then Will Venable scores him on a soft - sounded like a broken bat - single to left. Padres lead 3-0.
The Mariners finally score. Griffey leads off with a walk, Matt Tuiasosopo rips a double off the wall putting runners on second and third. I thought Wak might pinch hit for Johnson, but he lets him swing and Johnson drives a ball to the warning track in left to score Griffey. Josh Wilson pops out and Ichiro strikes out to end the inning.
And the wheels have officially come off. The Mariners brought in Jesus Colome and he pitched like, well, Jesus Colome. He gave up back to back singles and then walked a hitter to load the bases. Wak brought in Kanekoa Texeira to clean up the mess and he gave up a back to back doubles to score four runs total and Nick Hundley adds a sac fly. The Padres are up 8-1 and the M's are done.
Another game, another loss. The M's scored 15 runs in the first game and ended up being outscored 18-17 in the series