It doesn't matter if they played two games or four games: a series split is still a series split, and that can do a lot for a team's mentality. Hopefully the team will relish in that accomplishment during its "happy flight" home, as the Friars closed out the last game of their 10-day road trip in winning fashion with a 4-2 victory over the Mariners in Seattle. Wednesday's game incorporated an overall team effort for the Padres after the team aptly combined strong and efficient pitching with timely and productive hitting to improve its record to 18-17 on the season.
Starting pitcher James Shields secured his third win in a row and also became the first Padres pitcher to start the season with a 5-0 record since Justin Germano did it for the club back in 2007. The team also saw contributions from infielders Corey Spangenberg, who had a multihit game and an RBI on the day, and Will Middlebrooks, who crushed a solo homer to give San Diego an early lead in the third. The win and the series split were then secured and sealed after Craig Kimbrel came in to close out the game in the ninth inning, collecting his 10th save and giving the Padres their 18th win of the season.