The Seattle Mariners have proven all season that they hit better on the road than they do at home, although tonight they took that a little further in a 1-0 loss to the San Diego Padres.
They collected eight hits, put runners on base in eight different innings and still failed to score. Ouch.
Hector Noesi allowed one run, a solo seventh-inning home run, and the Mariners stranded 10 baserunners - including three in the seventh inning.
After a one out walk to John Jaso and a single by Casper Wells, Seattle got a huge break when San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso dropped a throw for an error - loading the bases.
Ichiro tapped a one hopper to third base that forced Jaso at the plate. Dustsin Ackley struck out. And so went the night.
“I try to hit the same way at home and on the road, and so does the team,” said Jesus Montero, who had three hits. “Maybe the pitchers just pitch better here, I don’t know.
“I know we try hard.”
Mistakes also cost the Mariners, none more than Montero's in the second inning. With no one out, Montero singled and Justin Smoak walked. Michael Saunders then hit a sinking looper to left field, and Montero went about a third of the way toward third base and froze.
“He made a bad read on that ball,” manager Eric Wedge said.
The ball was caught and Montero was easily doubled off base. Ouch.
“Our offense has got to figure this out at home, and it will,” Wedge insisted. “It’s my job, and our coaches, to help these kids do that. We need to be the offensive team we can be with men on base.
“You can’t play to be perfect, and if we’d done what we’ve done on the road, we wouldn’t have to be. We try to do too much at times. Being a professional means dealing with these things.”
The Mariners are now 10-17 at Safeco Field this season. Ouch.