San Diego at Seattle

San Diego
W: I. Kennedy (1-1) L: J. Paxton (0-1)
HR: SD - None   SEA - None

Kennedy, Venable lead Padres past Mariners 7-2

Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Ian Kennedy struck out seven in an encouraging outing and Will Venable drove in two runs with a pair of doubles to help the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 Friday night.

Kennedy held the Mariners to two runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings.

''His fastball command was good, especially on the inside part of the plate to the left-handed hitters,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ''As the game went on, he mixed in some nice curveballs, and some changeups resulted in some outs.''

Yonder Alonso singled twice, drove in a run and scored for the Padres.

San Diego scored three runs in the third off starter James Paxton, with Ryan Jackson accounting for two RBIs on a two-out single. Jackson also doubled in Alexi Amarista in the sixth.

The Mariners are scheduled for two split-squad games Saturday, so most of the starters were lifted by the end of the fifth inning. Among those was new second baseman Robinson Cano, who headed for the clubhouse after the third.

Cano drove in the first Seattle run with a double in the first inning. He is 18 for 32 (.563) this spring and has hit safely in 11 of 12 games.


Padres: Kennedy is in line for one more start next week before the season begins. He walked two on Friday, placing an emphasis on treating the game like a regular-season outing.

''Fastball command was really good,'' Kennedy said. ''I tried to treat it like a game, read bats, read swings. It's getting close to that crunch time.''

Mariners: Paxton allowed three runs and four hits in four innings, walking two and striking out four. He remains in strong contention for a rotation spot.

''It wasn't my best outing out there,'' Paxton said, acknowledging he was working on his off-speed pitches. ''You're going to have games like that sometimes and you have to be able to limit the damage and still keep your team in the game and give them a chance to win.''


Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon isn't ready to announce his opening day shortstop, but Brad Miller is making a stronger case than Nick Franklin. Miller went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run to raise his spring training average to .463.


The only out Padres setup man Joaquin Benoit got was a strikeout to end the sixth. Benoit issued his first walk of spring training, but 12 of the 19 outs he's recorded have been strikeouts. San Diego closer Huston Street struck out two in a hitless seventh. Neither pitcher has allowed an earned run this spring.


Black asked for a replay review of a pickoff attempt at first base in the fourth, but umpires upheld their original call of safe for Mariners pinch-runner Leury Bonilla.

It was a quick review, with the game held up for less than two minutes. McClendon came out to argue a close play at first that ended the eighth inning with runners on second and third, and it took the umpires about 90 seconds to uphold the out call.

''We didn't have anything to lose, it was 7-2 with two outs,'' McClendon said.


Padres: Outfielder Chris Denorfia is day to day with a sore right shoulder. He has missed back-to-back games. ... Catcher Yasmani Grandal caught six innings as he continues to ramp up his work with the regular season approaching. Grandal will catch again Sunday and next Tuesday. He had knee surgery almost nine months ago.

Mariners: Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor are scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Saturday. Hisashi Iwakuma threw a tennis ball in the weight room as he continues his recovery from a middle finger injury. None of the three have appeared in a spring training game yet.

''It's going to take a little while,'' McClendon said of Iwakuma. ''It's not going to happen overnight.''


Padres: Tyson Ross is scheduled for his fifth start of the spring, against the Chicago White Sox in Peoria.

Mariners: Seattle plays two afternoon games, at Oakland in Phoenix and at Colorado in Scottsdale. Scott Baker starts against the A's, and Roenis Elias faces the Rockies. Both are still in the running to make the rotation.

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Players of the Game
San Diego

R. Jackson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

B. Miller
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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San Diego Padres
Will Venable, CF4022002 .231
   Austin Hedges, C1001000 .278
Chase Headley, 3B4010022 .167
   Alex Castellanos, PR-3B-CF1000010 .242
Carlos Quentin, DH3000010 .120
   a-Tommy Medica, PH-DH2000002 .389
Xavier Nady, LF4110010 .289
   Josh Vanmeter, 2B1000010 .500
Yonder Alonso, 1B3121000 .375
   Hunter Renfroe, RF2000000 .000
Kyle Blanks, RF-1B3120111 .289
Yasmani Grandal, C3100102 .250
   Mason Smith, LF0000000 .000
Alexi Amarista, 2B3110013 .243
   Alberto Gonzalez, 3B1110000 .120
Ryan Jackson, SS4123003 .222
Ian Kennedy, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
   Patrick Schuster, P0000000 .000
a-fouled out for Quentin in the 6th
2B - Will Venable 2 (2, Paxton), Xavier Nady (2, Miner), Kyle Blanks (4, Farquhar), Alberto Gonzalez (1, Farquhar), Ryan Jackson (2, Miner)
RBI - Will Venable 2 (4), Austin Hedges (5), Yonder Alonso (3), Ryan Jackson 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (1), Yonder Alonso (1), Ryan Jackson 2 (6)
SB - Yonder Alonso (1, 2nd base off Miner/Zunino)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Gonzalez-Vanmeter-Blanks
E - Alexi Amarista (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Ian Kennedy (W,1-1) 5.2322270 5.59
Joaquin Benoit (H,1) 0.1000110 0.00
Huston Street (H,2) 1000020 0.00
Tim Stauffer (H,1) 1300020 2.57
Patrick Schuster 1200010 2.25
HBP - T. Smith (by Ian Kennedy)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 95-56, Joaquin Benoit 14-7, Huston Street 10-8, Tim Stauffer 19-13, Patrick Schuster 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-7, Tim Stauffer 1-0, Patrick Schuster 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 24, Joaquin Benoit 2, Huston Street 3, Tim Stauffer 6, Patrick Schuster 4
Seattle Mariners
Abraham Almonte, CF2100110 .154
   Leon Landry, CF2010010 .273
Brad Miller, SS3121010 .463
   Chris Taylor, PR-SS2000022 .136
Robinson Cano, 2B2011000 .563
   Tyler Smith, 2B2010001 .444
Logan Morrison, 1B2000011 .240
   Leury Bonilla, PR-1B2010002 .667
Kyle Seager, 3B2000002 .188
   D.J. Peterson, 3B2000012 .444
Michael Saunders, RF1000101 .324
   Cole Gillespie, RF2010010 .423
Dustin Ackley, DH2000012 .438
   a-Ty Kelly, PH-DH1000113 .125
Stefen Romero, LF2000011 .225
   Austin Wilson, LF2000014 .000
Mike Zunino, C2000011 .233
   Michael Dowd, C2010000 .444
James Paxton, P0000000 .000
   Zach Miner, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
   Carson Smith, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Ackley in the 6th
2B - Brad Miller (2, Kennedy), Robinson Cano (3, Kennedy), Michael Dowd (2, Schuster)
RBI - Brad Miller (9), Robinson Cano (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Miller (2)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Bonilla-Farquhar
E - Abraham Almonte (1, Throwing), Leon Landry (1, Misplayed grounder), Brad Miller (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
James Paxton (L,0-1) 4433240 3.18
Zach Miner 1.1633010 6.23
Danny Farquhar 2211010 4.32
Carson Smith 1.2000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - James Paxton 70-42, Zach Miner 36-20, Danny Farquhar 32-18, Carson Smith 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Paxton 5-4, Danny Farquhar 2-2, Carson Smith 2-1
Batters Faced - James Paxton 19, Zach Miner 10, Danny Farquhar 7, Carson Smith 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12084
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - David Soucy, Third Base - John Tumpane