Mariners 7, Phillies 2
“I thought offensively we executed about as well as you could hope to,” said Olerud after Seattle won its team-record 12th straight road game.
Overall, the Mariners are on their longest winning streak since taking 10 straight from April 8-17 last year.
“Earlier in the year we weren’t getting the job done,” Olerud said. “We’d leave a lot of guys on third base with less than two out. Tonight, I think we executed as well as we have all year as far as moving runners over when we’d get a runner on second with less than two out. Then we’d get him in with a sacrifice fly or a base hit.”
Seattle manager Bob Melvin appreciates Olerud’s numerous contributions to a veteran-laden team.
“John is just a quiet warrior who does everything,” Melvin explained. “If we have to get a guy over, he can do that. He hits the ball the other way. He stays up the middle against left-handed pitching, and he’s probably the best defensive first baseman that I’ve been around.”
Meche (8-2) allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in six innings. Four relievers held the Phillies hitless over the last three innings.
“That was a tough night,” said Meche. “The bad (weather) conditions that we had tonight and the mound was a little bit higher than I’m used to. But I got through six innings. I struggled a little bit the whole time but it was another start I went six innings and kept the team in the game.”
Vicente Padilla (4-7) gave up all seven runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings.
Asked if the Phillies’ poor run support affected his pitching, Padilla said, “It’s no excuse. I still have to hold the other team. Tonight I didn’t make my pitches.”
“Guys are going to have to start producing, it’s not happening” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “I hope a lot of them are embarrassed right now.”
The start of the game was delayed 48 minutes, and an intermittent drizzle continued throughout the night.
Olerud hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Abreu’s single tied the score in the bottom half.
Padilla struck out the side in the second but allowed a run on Mark McLemore’s double, Ben Davis’ single and Mike Lieberthal’s passed ball. Davis’ sacrifice fly put Seattle ahead 3-1 in the fourth, but Thome homered on Meche’s first pitch of the fifth.
Seattle 3B Jeff Cirillo missed the game and is day-to-day with a bruised right knee, bruised left knee, sore ankle and sore neck. He crashed into a rail along the left-field seats chasing a foul ball in Tuesday’s game. … McLemore, who played SS Tuesday, started in Cirillo’s place. … SS Jimmy Rollins is the only player to appear in every Phillies game this season. …Meche went 0-for-2 in his first major league at-bats.