June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (37) pitches during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Rest in Peace AK we know u will be watching over us today!!! God Bless the Padres family.— Yonder Alonso (@YonderalonsoU) June 24, 2012
Last night our Padres couldn't seem to get anything going against Felix Hernandez. Despite a promising first inning, in which Jason Marquis went 1-2-3 and we took an early 1-0 lead, our Padres could not get the job done. Hernandez pitched seven strong innings, allowing just that one run and striking out ten. But, like Clayton Richard the night before, he also helped out his own cause by producing at the plate. In the second inning, he gave the Mariners the lead with a two-out two-run double, and our Padres would fail to bounce back from it the rest of the game. Today we will try to regain our dominance and take the series.
Edinson Volquez will take on the task of finishing the season series on a high note. His last win came against these Mariners at SafeCo Field on June 14th. He pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Seattle to lead us to our first series sweep of the season. Hector Noesi pitched well against our Padres during that same series, but got no support from his offense and became the victim of a tough-luck 1-0 loss. A win today would be his first since May 6th so he hopes to have the same pitching success he had against us in Seattle as he tries to lock up the series for the Mariners. However, he is coming off a poor outing in Arizona where he gave up five earned runs on nine hits in six innings of work.
Today's rubber game will mark the end of interleague play for 2012. Usually, I would be stoked about that, but our Padres have played a lot better against AL teams this year than they have against NL teams. A victory today would give us just the third winning interleague record in the club's history. It would also end Seattle's streak of 13 straight seasons with a .500 record or better. So let's do some ruining today.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!