BY SPNW Staff 10:30PM 06/30/2015

Game recap: Mariners 5, Padres 0


In a season mostly void of feel-good stories, LHP Mike Montgomery continued to buck the trend by throwing a one-hitter Tuesday night in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park (box score)

Essential moment

Montgomery didn’t allow a hit until one out in the seventh inning, when 3B Yangervis Solarte lined a ground-rule double down the left-field line. Montgomery maintained his second consecutive shutout, following the 25-year-old’s complete-game win over the Kansas City Royals, 7-0. Montgomery is the first Mariner to toss back-to-back shutouts since RHP Freddy Garcia did it in 2001 and the 12th rookie in the big leagues to do it since 1980.


SS Brad Miller hit a two-run homer (7) in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-0. CF Austin Jackson had an RBI single earlier in the inning.

C Mike Zunino began the scoring against RHP Ian Kennedy (4-7) with a solo shot in the second that traveled an estimated 409 feet. It was Zunino’s ninth homer.


Regardless of what Montgomery does the rest of his career, he’s an upgrade over RHP Erasmo Ramirez. That’s who the Mariners traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Montgomery at the end of March.

In six starts since being called up to the Mariners from Triple-A Tacoma, Montgomery is 3-2 with a 1.62 ERA.

Pitching in front of a large contingent of family and friends, Montgomery, who went to high school in nearby Santa Clarita, CA, struck out seven, walked four and hit a batter while throwing 113 pitches.


Montgomery on the no-no bid: “I wasn’t really thinking about that. I was just trying to battle and make good pitches. It was a different feel having to hit a little bit, so in my mind I wasn’t really thinking like I normally would. I was just out there trying to stay in the moment. It went well.”


RHP Hisashi Iwakuma allowed one run over 5.2 innings Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium in a rehab start for the Rainiers but left the game after trainers came to inspect a blister on a finger on his throwing hand. Prior to the Mariners game, McClendon said a decision on whether Iwakuma would rejoin the Mariners would come in the next few days. The severity of the blister or what it means for his rehab stint isn’t known . . . DH/RF Nelson Cruz told reporters Tuesday that he declined an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby, citing the fatigue he experienced after participating in the competition in 2009. As of the latest balloting up, Cruz is slated to start for the AL in the All-Star Game this month in Cincinnati  . . . The win moved the 35-42 Mariners to 2-2 on the road trip  . . . The Mariners have had back-to-back shutouts seven times. LHP Randy Johnson had three, LHP Mark Langston had two and Garcia had the other. . .Injured LHP James Paxton (strained finger tendon on his throwing hand) is playing catch from 60-75 feet but still a long ways from returning to the Mariners. “This is going to be a slow process with Paxton,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We might as well concentrate on other things. Paxton is going to be out for a while.”


The Mariners cap their miniseries against the Padres with a 12:40 first pitch Wednesday at Petco Park. RHP Taijuan Walker (6-6, 4.64 ERA) gets the nod after putting up ace-like numbers during a bounce-back June, going 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in five starts. RHP James Shields (7-2, 4.24 ERA) goes for San Diego.

The Mariners then travel to Oakland for a four-game set to close out their nine-game road trip.


  • jafabian

    Montgomery has offered the perfect solution for the inconsistency of the bullpen: keep them in the bullpen. I have no idea how it’s all suddenly clicked for him but hopefully the M’s can ride the Monty train for the rest of the season. Not good that no one got a walk but at least all got into double figures in number of pitches taken. Looks like Lloyd and Edgar are still trying to figure out what works with the lineup.

  • Rj Smith

    Well we all know the M’s cannot do one of the following, let alone both…… win 2 games in a row &/or score 5 runs in 2 straight. Either way, one if not both are guaranteed not to happen this afternoon.

    • Sam Finley

      Actually, both happened today. Miracles never cease. Wouldn’t bet on this as a habit, though.