Padres End Spring With Loss

Petco Park

For the second day in a row, the Seattle Mariners defeated the San Diego Padres, spoiling their opening weekend series in brand new Petco Park. The Mariners got five runs in the sixth and the go ahead run in the top of the ninth to win 8-7 on Sunday in the last game of spring training. Monday marks the start of the regular season as the Padres head to Los Angeles.

Seattle got two runs in the first inning to stake an early lead. Randy Wynn doubled in a run and later scored on a sac fly. The Padres battled back with two in the bottom half and two more in the second. In the fifth, San Diego tacked on two more and the Padres seemed to be cruising. Then in the sixth, Steve Watkins could not hold the fort. He gave up five runs on four hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning.

Watkins erased a fine performance from Sterling Hitchcock. Hitchcock tossed five innings of two run ball on four hits and one walk while striking out six. Only one run was earned.

Brian Giles had two doubles and knocked in two. Brian Buchanon also plated two with Ramon Vasquez and Mark Loretta each adding one RBI.

Among the Padre regulars, Loretta, Burroughs, Giles, Greene and Payton (limited action) batted over .300. Loretta led the team in hits, Burroughs in runs and Giles in RBI's, homers and doubles.

Not many were notable among the pitching staff. Luckily for the team, the slate is now clean.

Notes:

The Padres ended spring with an 11-20 record. They head into the regular season to face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Brian Lawrence will oppose Hideo Nomo. Milton Bradley, acquired by the Dodgers on Sunday will be in uniform and playing centerfield.

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