After throwing their respective aces on Wednesday night in Felix Hernandez and Andrew Cashner, the Mariners and Padres will reconvene on Thursday afternoon hoping to ride significantly less battle-tested pitchers to victory.
That's not saying they haven't found success recently, though.
Jesse Hahn picked up his first Major League win in his second career start last week by pitching six innings of one-hit ball against the Mets. He also notched his first hit, an RBI single, in San Diego's 5-0 win.
"The thing about Jesse we knew in Spring Training -- he doesn't scare off, he's a guy that doesn't back down," said Padres manager Bud Black. "It was good to see him make some pitches, throw the breaking ball for a called strike and come through in a way where we needed it."
They'll likely need Hahn to come up big again. The team has lost 12 of 16 games in June and is averaging 1.8 runs per contest this month.
Erasmo Ramirez will try to keep the Padres scuffling, and the right-hander has a solid chance to do so if he can find his control. Despite his overall struggles this season (5.27 ERA, 1.64 WHIP), he hasn't allowed a run in consecutive starts -- though those outings lasted just a combined 9 2/3 innings with nine walks against the Rays and Rangers.
Still, the ability to minimize damage signified a step forward for the 24-year-old from Nicaragua.
"Ramirez seems to be turning the corner a little bit," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who took the youngster out with a 1-0 lead after five frames in his last start against Texas. "Our idea was to get him out of there on a good note and let him build off that."
Ramirez started the second game of the season for the Mariners when they opened the year with Hisashi Iwakuma and several other starters on the disabled list. He beat the Angels by hurling seven impressive innings of two-run ball but hasn't won a game since.
Padres: Prepping for Gwynn memorial
On Wednesday, the Padres had a brief pregame tribute to Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, who died Monday at the age of 54. Gwynn spent all 20 years of his big league career with the team.
On June 26, the team will hold a free, public memorial for Gwynn at Petco Park beginning at 7:19 p.m. PT. The timing of the ceremony symbolizes both Gwynn's retired jersey number and the date of his MLB debut -- July 19, 1982. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
The event will celebrate Gwynn's life, accomplishments and contributions to the Padres, San Diego and the sport of baseball. It will feature special guests from his personal and professional life.
"He was Mr. Padre -- he could have made more money elsewhere," said Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler. "But he was fiercely loyal and committed to making a difference in San Diego."
Mariners: McClendon pays tribute to Gwynn
McClendon considered Gwynn a friend and mentor from their time as competitors in the National League in the 1980s and '90s, and he expressed his regards before the Padres honored one of the game's greatest hitters Wednesday.
"I was really just reminiscing about Tony with a lot of different people," McClendon said. "I was in the cage with [catcher Mike] Zunino earlier, and I was telling him about taking the knob to the ball. And I just had to stop and chuckle because I learned that from Tony. That was one of the first conversations we ever had about hitting, staying inside the ball and make sure you take the knob to the ball.
"A lot of memories came back," he said. "It's surreal. I know he's gone, but I still don't believe he's gone. He's a guy that in my mind was Mr. Baseball. He was everything that was right about the game. And he's not here anymore and that's a little tough."
• Seattle starters have allowed just four runs in 41 1/3 innings over the Mariners' last six games.
• The Padres are expected to place first baseman Yonder Alonso on the disabled list Thursday with a sore right wrist. It has kept him out of the last two games and Black said a move to the disabled list is likely. The Padres have used Tommy Medica and Yasmani Grandal in his place and left-handed-hitting Jake Goebbert is the likely candidate for a callup from Triple-A El Paso.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.