On Sunday afternoon, the Padres opened their spring schedule on Sunday afternoon against the Mariners at Peoria Stadium. Unfortunately, they couldn’t close out a close back-and-forth exhibition and fell to Seattle 5-4.
San Diego got on the board first after Tommy Pham forced a fielder’s choice to third which allowed Trent Grisham to make it home after an errant throw by Mariners second baseman Dylan Moore. Seattle answered the run with when Kyle Seager laced a base hit to push right fielder Mitch Haniger to home.
The Mariners built a 4-1 lead in the third inning with a Moore single and a double by first baseman Evan White.
At the top of the fourth, Wil Myers recorded the Padres’ first home run of the spring with a solo shot over the right field fence to bring the score to 4-2. Two innings later, outfielder Jorge Ona smacked another deep shot to tie things up at 4-4, bringing home Jorge Mateo with him.
That tie score would hold all the way into the ninth inning with 30-year old Parker Markel striking out the first two batters looking before the game started getting away from him. Markel walked the following batter, hit the next one, then walked the third to load the bases with 20-year old Julio Rodriguez coming up to the plate. On the very first pitch, Rodriguez knocked one over the second baseman’s head to bring in the winning run, ending the game right then and there.
The Padres play again Monday as the “home” team against the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m.