Rangers-Mariners: Vicente Padilla Strikes Out Eight in Seven Shutout Innings

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst IMay 8, 2008

Vicente Padilla continues to prove that he is becoming the pitcher the Rangers had hoped they signed two years ago. 

Padilla went seven strong innings, allowing only two hits and one runner to reach second base.  In a battle of the teams' top pitchers, Padilla was able to outlast his counterpart Erik Bedard, who dropped to a record of 2-2.

The Rangers received all the run support they needed from Milton Bradley and the newest call-up from AAA Oklahoma City, Brandon Boggs.  Boggs' RBI triple scored Bradley in the fourth, and Bradley doubled the score with his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning. 

Michael Young started the game at shortstop, but left the game after the first inning with a strained hip flexor.  Young is expected back in the lineup tonight.

The Rangers and Mariners will complete the four-game series this evening at 9:10 PM, central time zone.  Kason Gabbard is expected back for the Rangers off the DL and will face Felix Hernandez.