Liz Swain 5:30 p.m., Sept. 22
Mariners get split with Padres in final Vedder Cup game of series
The balls launched out of Petco Park were hit by the Mariners as they end up even with the Padres in the four-game match
The Vedder Cup was decided on Wednesday but the day game on Thursday wrapped up the fourth and final leg of the Cup between the Padres and the Seattle Mariners. It was a one-sided affair with the Mariners stifling the Padres while hitting five home runs in route to a 7-1 victory.
Padres starter Andrew Cashner pitched well at times but left a couple of off-speed pitches up and Mariners hitters took advantage of them on a day where the ball traveled well. Mariners starter “King” Felix Hernandez was on his game, going eight innings and holding the Padres to a run on just three hits and three walks in eight innings.
The home runs were the story of the game. Cashner gave up three of them, with two being on poorly-located change-ups while Kendry Morales hit a good pitch out, a fastball down.
“The ball was carrying today but I think it was more of a function of location more than the ball traveling,” manager Buddy Black said postgame about Cashner’s performance. “You know, overall you look at it, Cash[ner] went six [innings], there were times when you saw the good fastball, you saw the good change. No walks.”
Opposing starter Felix Hernandez wouldn’t give the Padres a chance to catch up, so the two home runs given up by reliever Tim Stauffer wouldn’t have made a difference, regardless. “He’s a great competitor who obviously has all of his pitches, he’s in control of all of his pitches at all times and you could tell today that he was commanding the zone pretty well,” said Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso concerning the pitching of Hernandez.
Cashner was more critical of his pitching on Thursday. “I made a lot of mistakes, my change-up, and my breaking ball was really bad today. I got a couple of change-ups up in the zone and I just have to do better than that,” he said. “I just have to be better than that and not give up home runs.”
With the series split both home and away, the Vedder Cup rests with San Diego. And we are now free to put the silly thing aside until next season. This, while Padres pitchers figure out how not to give up the long ball to the opposition, which is beginning to become a problem for them this season.
In AAA Tucson, Cameron Maybin and Logan Forsythe continue their rehab assignment. Maybin was 1 for 5 but hit his first home run with the minor league team and Forsythe was 3 for 3 and was only a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. No word on how long the duo will stay in AAA.
On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays come to town to kick-off a three-game set. The Padres will send Jason Marquis (6-2, 3.70) to the hill while Chad Jenkins (1-0, 3.60) will throw for the Jays. Game time is 7:10 PM PDST, radio 1090 AM and television’s Fox Sports San Diego will cover the action if you can’t come out to the park.