June 13, 2012 in Sports

Hernandez struggles again for Mariners

Geoff Baker Seattle Times
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San Diego’s Cameron Maybin delivers an RBI single in the Padres’ four-run sixth inning.
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SEATTLE – Another forgettable home night for the Mariners will do nothing to calm fans over two of the bigger concerns facing the franchise.

Felix Hernandez took the mound for the first time in 11 days Tuesday night and looked like he needed another week off. On the offensive side, some more fly balls that died on the warning track in this 5-4 defeat against the San Diego Padres will only intensify the calls to move in the Safeco Field fences.

Making it feel even worse, all of the futility on the mound and at the plate took place against the team with the worst record in the majors. The crowd of 13,084 took out its frustrations on Chone Figgins late in the game after he’d grounded into a double play and helped stop another rally with a strikeout.

Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to make the final score a little closer. But the Mariners were thwarted for much of the night on deep fly balls that kept coming up short.

Hernandez (4-5) struggled with his command and got hit progressively harder as the game moved along. He allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in five of the six innings he pitched, yet somehow kept the score tied at 1-1 heading to the sixth.

But San Diego broke it open with four runs that inning after the first two batters reached base. With two on and one out, Cameron Maybin singled to center to put the visitors ahead 2-1.

Nick Hundley singled to right field to bring a third Padres run home, then a wild pitch scored another to make it 4-1.

Everth Cabrera drove in the fifth run with a triple to the gap in right center.

The Mariners got their first run when Ichiro Suzuki led off with an infield single in the fourth inning, took second on a Dustin Ackley single, then tagged and went to third on a Jesus Montero flyout.

Ichiro scored on Kyle Seager’s groundout to the right side, tying the game at 1-1.

Jongewaard dies

Roger Jongewaard, the longtime Mariners executive who presided over the drafting of Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 76.

Jongewaard was a giant of the scouting profession, receiving Baseball America’s Roland Hemond Award for lifetime achievement in baseball in 2004. He spent more than 40 years in the game, most recently scouting for the Florida Marlins.

Jongewaard joined the Mariners as director of scouting in 1985, having worked previously with the Angels, Mets and Tigers. In 1989, he became vice president of scouting and player development until stepping down after the 2004 season.

Venable rf 401011.277
Forsythe 2b 500002.290
Headley 3b 401111.273
Quentin dh 201011.432
Alonso 1b 411001.259
Denorfia lf 412000.275
Maybin cf 411100.218
Hundley c 411101.174
E.Cabrera ss 312110.278
Totals 34510447
I.Suzuki rf 512000.266
Ackley 2b 501001.248
J.Montero dh 501001.257
Seager 3b 400101.268
Smoak 1b 401001.231
Olivo c 401001.198
M.Saunders cf 413100.281
Figgins lf 412001.185
Ryan ss 200010.157
Kawasaki ph 111100.200
Totals 38412316
San Diego 001004000—5100
Seattle 000100003—4120

LOB—San Diego 7, Seattle 8. 2B—M.Saunders (18), Figgins (5). 3B—Denorfia (3), E.Cabrera (1). HR—M.Saunders (7), off Thatcher. RBIs—Headley (31), Maybin (21), Hundley (19), E.Cabrera (7), Seager (39), M.Saunders (22), Kawasaki (6). SB—E.Cabrera 3 (8), M.Saunders (10). CS—Venable (6). RLSP—San Diego 4, Seattle 5. RISP—San Diego 4 for 12; Seattle 2 for 10. RMU—J.Montero, Seager. GIDP—Maybin, Figgins. DP—San Diego 1, Seattle 1.

Richard W,3-7 7811134.30
Gregerson 11/3000023.95
Thatcher 0222003.31
Street S,6 2/3211011.46
Hernandez L,4-5 6955333.70
Kelley 2000033.63
Pryor 1/3100001.69
Furbush 2/3000112.70

IR-S—Street 1-1, Furbush 1-0. HBP—Quentin. WP—Street, F.Hernandez, Furbush. PB—Olivo. T—3:02. A—13,084 (47,860).

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