San Diego Padres
Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 15th home run, Mike Zunino connected twice, and the Mariners hit a season-high six long balls in an 11-4 rout of the Padres.
The San Diego Padres (17-16) were Preller-ized over the winter and bring in a vastly different roster in 2015, one that has led to a solid start to the season. The Seattle Mariners (14-17) are winners of three straight, following a sweep of the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.
Designated hitter Carlos Quentin is reportedly gearing up to retire.
So when you look at the roster right now, there aren’t many young, inexperienced players who have a chance to make a big impact on the Padres in 2015. One name that does come to mind, however, is pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne.
Dustin Ackley had two hits for the Mariners, including a two-run homer.
Seth Smith, traded to the Mariners after San Diego remade its outfield, had a solo homer, RBI double and stole second against former teammate Andrew Cashner
Nelson Cruz drove in a pair of runs on a bomb and helped lift Seattle over San Diego for the second game in a row.
Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out a pair in his spring debut.
The Seattle Mariners have acquired Seth Smith from the San Diego Padres.
Seattle Mariners Assistant General Manager Jeff Kingston called in to The Steve Sandmeyer Show Thursday just a couple hours after the Major League Baseball trade deadline expired.