Peavy, White do it again as Padres beat Mariners

For the third time in five games this season, the National League worst San Diego Padres knocked off the Seattle Mariners with a 6-0 shutout Saturday. This time around it was a familiar face who kept the M's bats silent; a man by the name of Jake Peavy.

In recent years, there have been very few players that have stepped ahead of the pack, so to speak, for the title of "Biggest Mariner killer."

After Saturday, one name might have done just that - Jake Peavy. Peavy, a 22-year-old right-hander, shut Seattle down through eight innings as the San Diego Padres prevailed, 6-0, in front of a packed house at Safeco Field.

In his previous outing, which came last Sunday (June 22) against Seattle, Peavy kept the Mariners off the board in 6.2 innings of work. That day, he allowed only four hits.

This time around, Seattle (52-27) could must a mere three hits. Combining the stats from the two games, that leaves the M's with seven hits and zero runs in 14.2 innings against Peavy this season.

Seattle starter Ryan Franklin kept the home-team in the game through the first six innings, not allowing a Padre run until the fourth.

San Diego (27-55) scored once that inning on a homerun to right by Sean Burroughs, then followed that up with another run in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Down 3-0, the M's were still very much in the game, but the three-run deficit seemed unsurmountable due to Peavy's dominance on the mound.

The Padres put the game away in the seventh when, with two outs and Franklin still in the game, Seattle walked Ryan Klesko to get to Rondell White. That left two men on base.

If that sounds familiar, it should. Seattle did the same tactic last Friday, only to see White deliver a game-ending grandslam off of Jeff Nelson to cap the ninth-inning comeback.

This time around, White did it again, sending a Frankin offering over the wall in left field.

Franklin, who gave up eight hits and was credited with all six runs, fell to 6-6.

Peavy (8-5) struck out five and didn't allow a walk.

Jesse Orosco, the 46-year-old journeyman lefty, and Jay Witasick came on to retire the M's in the ninth to preserve the shutout.

Five Padres had two-hit games, but nobody's night was more impressive than White. Even though the outfielder went just 1-5, it was his three-run homer that proved to be the nail in the coffin.


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