After a dismal first two months of the season, Freddy Garcia has won his last six starts.
“He’s got that confidence, that swagger, back to him,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “That’s the first time he really struggled for any length of time. That was new to him, and now we’ve been through that. It’s going to help him.”
San Diego took two of three from Seattle at Qualcomm Stadium last weekend, a including a 5-3 victory on June 20, when the Padres rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth.
This weekend, the Padres lost Friday’s series opener 8-2, but rebounded with an impressive 6-0 victory on Saturday.
“Some things are hard to explain,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We played great ball tonight, and it started with our pitching. We flexed our muscles a little. We’re not a power club, but we got some long balls and big hits.”
Jake Peavy, who has been one of the lone bright spots for the Padres this season, allowed just three hits over eight innings in Saturday’s win. He was almost a late scratch after feeling a twinge in his ribs on one of his final warmup throws.
“He was outstanding, and we were pretty close to scratching him,” Bochy said. “We were concerned it might be an oblique. It gave us a little scare, but maybe it was just a cramp.”
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 22 1/2 GB, NL West. Mariners - 1st place, AL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Jarvis (0-2, 6.19 ERA). Jarvis is still looking for his first victory of the season. The right-hander has lost his last two starts, allowing four runs and six hits over six innings in Monday’s 6-4 loss to Colorado. Jarvis, who had been on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from elbow surgery, will make his first appearance against the Mariners since June 8, 2001.
MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Garcia (9-6, 4.28 ERA). Garcia has lowered his ERA from 5.90 to 4.28 over his current win streak. He is 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA in six career starts against San Diego.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Sean Burroughs, .294 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 15 HRs and 43 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 37 runs; Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs. Mariners - Ichiro Suzuki, .343 avg.; Bret Boone, 22 HRs, 66 RBIs and 61 runs; Suzuki, 18 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORD: Padres, 7-10; Mariners, 10-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - OF White has three homers against the Mariners in five games this season. His two-out grand slam in the ninth gave San Diego its dramatic comeback win last weekend. White is 5-for-18 with nine RBIs in his career against Seattle. … OF Klesko is 4-for-13 with three doubles in his career against RHP Garcia. … LHP Mike Matthews leads the team with 40 appearances—13 shy of his career best, established in 2001. Mariners - INF Greg Colbrunn, who strained a muscle in his right side June 8, was activated from the 15-day DL on Saturday. He is 3-for-7 in his career against RHP Jarvis. … After seeing his 19-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday, OF Suzuki is just 2-for-14. … RHP Garcia is 11-1 with a 3.15 ERA in June over the last two seasons.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 12-28 on the road; Mariners - 24-16 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; INF Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL. Mariners - RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki (ribs), 15-day DL.