Clayton Richard Dominates On the Mound and at the Plate as Seattle Loses Game One

Last week, the Mariners were swept by the Padres. Well things were not any better today as Seattle dropped game one toSan Diego. The good news was that the offense continued to do pretty well but the bad news is that the starting pitching was not very good.

Kevin Millwood really hasn’t been all that bad this year. Entering the game he had a 3.69 ERA with a 3.36 FIP. He has been a pleasant surprise this year. Things did not go to well for him tonight though. After an easy first and second inning, the Padres got to Millwood in the third. Nick Hundley reached first to start off the inning after an error by Kyle Seager. Will Venable picked up a one out base hit to put runners on second and third. Cameron Maybin was out on a grounder but it scored one run and Chase Headley followed up with an RBI base hit.

The Padres really struck in the fourth inning. Yonder Alonso was hit by Millwood to open up the inning and Logan Forsythe followed that up with a single. Clayton Richard, that’s rightSan Diego’s starting pitcher, doubled scoring two runs. Venable brought him in on an RBI single and Cameron Maybin reached base after another Kyle Seager error. After a double steal, Headley brought a runner in on a sac fly. The total in the inning would be five runs but Millwood would come back on to pitch the fifth. Alonso lead of the inning again and this time with a lead off base hit and Forsythe followed that up with a double putting runners on second and third. After a ground out, Headley was intentionally walked so thatSeattlecould pitch to Clayton Richard with two outs. Well Richard came up big again, picking up an RBI base hit giving him 3 RBIs on the day. Millwood was able to get out of the inning but that was it for him on the day. His line was 5IP 8H 8R 5ER 3BB and 3K. He now has a 4.02 ERA and a 3.41 FIP on the year.

Charlie Furbush came in to pitch the sixth and he did his job in long relief. He went 2 innings giving up only one hit, zero runs, and striking out two. He has a 2.15 ERA with a 2.03 FIP on the year. I wouldn’t mind seeing him given a shot in the rotation. Oliver Perez came in to pitch the eighth and he got into some trouble early. He gave up a double to lead off the inning followed by a base hit. Headley brought the runner from third on a sac fly and that would be all the damage Perez gave up.

The offense struck early but they were not able to make up for the Padres five run fourth inning. Ichiro reached first base to start the game, reaching base on an error. Franklin Gutierrez came up big, launching a two run homer to left which was his second on the year. The Mariners scored again in the second after Miguel Olivo opened up the inning with a lead off homerun, his sixth on the year. The scoring continued in the third forSeattle. Ichiro and Gutierrez opened up the inning with back to back base hits and Justin Smoak brought Ichiro in with one out on a sacrifice fly. After Casper Wells and Miguel Olivo picked up back to back walks, Dustin Ackley was not able to come through with the bases loaded and two outs.

The Mariners struck again in the fifth, but that would be it for them on the day. Gutierrez lead off the inning with a base hit and after being moved over to second on a ground out, he scored off of a throwing error by Chase Headley who was trying to throw Casper Wells out at first. The five runs look good but were not enough for Seattle today.

Franklin Gutierrez had a very good day today, going 4-5 with the homerun and two RBI. He entered today hitting .190 and is now hitting .308. That’s right; he raised his average 0.118 points. Ichiro also had himself a nice day going 3-5 and Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo picked up the other two base hits for the Mariners today.

The Mariners are back at it again tomorrow in game two of the series with Felix Hernandez tomorrow. Hopefully we see a great performance from him and that the offense keeps things up so Felix actually gets some run support.

In other news, Danny Hultzen will be making his AAA debut tomorrow on the road. He should be making his home debut the 28th if everything goes according to plan. I can assure you that I will be there getting video.