MLB: Julio Rodriguez makes history in Mariners’ win over Padres
Julio Rodriguez became the first player in major league history to hit 25 home runs and steal 25 bases in their debut season as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting San Diego Padres 6-1 in an interleague game Wednesday afternoon.
Eugenio Suarez and Carlos Santana also went deep, and Luis Castillo pitched six scoreless innings as the Mariners (80-62) earned a split of the two-game series.
Rodriguez hit the first pitch from Padres right-hander Mike Clevenger (5-7) over the wall in left-center field for his 26th homer of the season, sparking a three-run first inning.
Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth inning and proceeded to swipe second, his 25th stolen base. Arizona’s Chris Young (2007) and the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (2012) also reached the 25-25 plateau in their rookie seasons, but both had made their major league debuts a year earlier. It took Rodriguez 125 games to hit the mark, three games less than Trout — who had been the fastest to 25/25.
Rodriguez appeared to have his 25th stolen base after a one-out single in the second, but Ty France hit a soft liner to second baseman Jake Cronenworth and Rodriguez was doubled up to end the inning.
After being shut out 2-0 by Yu Darvish and Josh Hader the previous night, the Mariners jumped on Clevenger early. Following Rodriguez’s blast, France singled to right field and Suarez hit a towering shot to right-center.
Seattle doubled its lead after Rodriguez and France were both hit by pitches in the fifth. An out later, Santana went deep to right-center to make it 6-0.
Castillo (7-5), a right-hander acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, allowed four hits, walked one and struck out nine.
Clevenger went five innings and gave up six runs on seven hits. He walked two and fanned two.
The Padres (78-65) scored their lone run in the seventh. Wil Myers greeted reliever Penn Murfee with a double to center and, an out later, Myers scored on Jorge Alfaro’s double, also to center.
–Field Level Media