|SDP||Jerry Hairston Jr||-0.962||-1.048||0.000||0.086||0.000||0.00||0|
|SDP||Tony Gwynn Jr||-0.306||-0.523||0.000||0.217||0.000||0.00||0|
Player of the Game: Mike Sweeney (4.988 hitting NRuns)
Mariners with more than 1.000 total NRuns: 2
Josh Bard (2.704 NRuns: 3.359 hitting, -0.655 fielding)
Ichiro (2.448 NRuns: 0.171 hitting, 1.522 fielding, 0.755 running)
Mariners hitting: 9.770 NRuns
Mariners defense: -3.747 NRuns
Josh Wilson's defense: -2.734 NRuns
Padres defense: -3.434 NRuns
Wade LeBlanc and Cesar Ramos: -4.833 pitching NRuns
Adam Russell: 1.088 NRuns
Padres Luckbox: 2.422 NRuns
Padres Player of the Game: Adrian Gonzalez (2.766 NRuns: 2.373 hitting, 0.256 fielding, 0.137 running)
Goat: Will Venable (-3.595 NRuns: -1.524 hitting, -2.071 fielding)
Funny thing about that two run 1st inning for Cliff Lee: He actually pitched pretty well in that inning. Strikeout, groundball, groundball, line drive, big strikeout with two on, groundball, pop out.
It was after that frame that Lee fell back to Earth, but despite taking credit for eight runs allowed, Lee's performance wasn't terrible. It was ultimately below average, but the 4.84 EXERA indicates he wasn't 8-runs-bad. With a typical defensive effort he probably allows three runs.
(The bogus Jerry Hairston strikeout on an inside pitch that led to Hairston's meltdown and ejection didn't have a huge impact: The K only counted for -0.238 NRuns, and even if the pitch had been correctly called a ball the count would have been 2-2, not a hitter friendly count for Hairston against a fine pitcher like Lee)
As for the story with this 23 run game, the Mariners got long balls from Mike Sweeney (who probably snatched the DH spot for the foreseeable future with one of the best Mariner performances this season) and Josh Wilson.
And the Padres front end pitching played a large role in letting this game get away: Had Wade LeBlanc and Cesar Ramos thrown the whole game with the effort they gave today they would have legitimately given up about 15-16 runs. They had help, though: Will Venable got absolutely abused in RF today, giving away over 2 runs all by himself in the field, not to mention his terrible day at the plate (-1.524 NRuns).
Speaking of bad defense, that was the big story here: The two teams combined to give away over 7 runs in the field. Jose Lopez matched Will Venable's failboat with a terrible game at 3B (-1.525 NRuns) to go with his terrible game at the plate today (-1.492 NRuns). Josh Wilson had a homer but was terrible himself at SS (-2.734 NRuns). That the Padres still lost by 7 runs despite getting over two runs of help from Mariners miscues and a terrible defensive effort by the M's speaks to the Mariners' impressive effort today.
Funny enough, the best defensive effort today for the M's came from Ichiro (1.522 NRuns), who has struggled with reigning in key flyballs and line drives for most of this season. His effort was the exception to a terrible game for the Mariners defense. Thanks to Mike Sweeney's big bat and some terrible Padres efforts, the M's threw up 15 runs and got a big win.
This was a case where both teams threw up a lot of runs not so much because of impressive hitting, but because of terrible defense and some bad pitching.