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Natural rivals Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres competed yet again for the “Vedder Cup.” With both cities claiming rights as the “home of Eddie Vedder,” this week, San Diego would get the sweep and the rights to the Pearl Jam front-man.
The MLB’s #1 offense managed just 4 runs against the Padres showing yet again that good pitching and defense usually beats good hitting. The Mariners batted 5-49 with 4 runs scored and leaving 18 runners on base. The M’s team that was at one point the MLB leaders in on base percentage found no such luck in Petco Park as they struck out 18 times and walked just 7 times.
Happy #VedderCup everyone. It's the first time the Padres and Mariners — the bitterest of rivals — have met with winning records since June 2007.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 23, 2019
Apr 23 @ San Diego L 6 – 3
Mariners pitcher Erik Swanson 2nd MLB start did not go well as he got rocked for 2 homers and 5 runs. To be fair one not everything was his fault. One of the home runs came on assist by center fielder Mallex Smith. In the 6th inning San Diego’s Austin Hedges launched a shot to deep center field, Smith tracked the ball to the warning track and leapt to catch the ball; unfortunately, the ball bounced out of glove, up and over the fence for a 2 run homer.
Said Seattle manager Scott Servais: “You kind of saw him make the jump, the ball in the glove, and there it is, it’s over the fence. Crazy play, you don’t often see it. He was there, he was in good spot in time, he just didn’t finish it. You have to finish those plays though.”
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 24, 2019
Apr 24 @ San Diego L 1 – 0
I have been writing about the Mariners for several years now and like a monkey with a music box—just playing the same old tune. And what did we see today? The same thing we have seen since 2005, when Felix Hernandez entered the MLB, the Mariners yet again to offer any support thus robbing the King of a deserved win.
On Wednesday, for the 3rd game in a row, the King got no help as he took the loss for the sins of his teammates. Felix allowed just one run on a solo home run while striking out 8, but just like his last 2 starts, none of his teammates helped him get the win.
The Mariner offense went 2-18 with just 1 walk. Rookie Chris Paddack held the mighty offense for 7 innings retiring the final 19 batters in a row with 9 of those as strikeouts.