Sometimes the game starts before you can get to the pub.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were driving.

San Diego completed a sweep of the 2-game mini-series with the Mariners, winning the mid-afternoon start 4-1.  Jesse Hahn, who hadn’t pitched more than 6 innings since 2010 when he was in college, worked 7 and got his second major league win for the Padres (31-42). Additionally, and possibly more importantly, the 2-game sweep means San Diego successfully defends the Vedder Cup.  Take that, Seattle (37-36).

Things didn’t initially look like they would turn out that way.  Seattle pushed across an unearned run in the fifth, when Robinson Cano‘s single scored Brad Miller, who made it to second safely thanks to an error by Everth Cabrera.  That score held up as long as Erasmo Ramirez was in the game.  The Mariner right-hander cruised through six, allowing 4 total baserunners. But the vaunted Mariner bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.  Back-to-back triples by Tommy Medica and Cameron Maybin brought the Padres level.  This was the first time San Diego had consecutive 3-baggers since 31 July 2012 in Cincinnati; and the first time they’d turned the trick at Petco.

After that, the Padres piled on.  Carlos Quentin walked and was pinch-run for by Jace PetersonChris Denorfia singled home Maybin.  After the standard Will Venable ground out to first – which this time helpfully moved the runners up 90 feet – Cabrera atoned for his miscue with a 2-run single, effectively putting the game out of reach.  Huston Street earned his 20th save.

San Diego opens a 3-game set with the #Dogers tonight.

Recaps

Padres rally to give Hahn second career win – Corey Brock (MLBAM)

Late support props up Hahn’s 2nd win – Jeff Sanders (SDUT)

Ramirez solid, but Mariners can’t hold late lead – Greg Johns (MLBAM)

Padres knock off Mariners, 4-1 – Ryan Divish (Seattle Times)

Quote

I feel like a starter again,” Hahn said, beaming. “To be able to pitch past the fifth inning … it makes you feel like a starter again.

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