Headley states his case with four RBIs

Headley homers, drives in four

at Peoria Sports Complex
Saturday, March 1

Padres at the plate: Chase Headley, in the muddled mix for an outfield job, made a statement by knocking a two-run home run in the fifth inning to the right of the batter's eye in center field. Headley later one-hopped a two-run double to the fence in center that tied the score at 6. Callix Crabbe knocked in a run with a single that scored Headley. Edgar Gonzalez had two hits. Vince Sinisi singled home pinch-runner Will Venable from third base with one out in the ninth, a game-winning gapper to left-center field.

Mariners at the plate: Brad Wilkerson had an opposite-field RBI single as part of the three-run first inning. Mike Morse, in competition for a spot on the bench, later had a two-run single in the inning, part of a two-hit day. Wladimir Balentien hit a monster shot home run off Padres reliever Enrique Gonzalez in the sixth inning, then delivered a two-run shot that tied the game at 10 in the ninth. Catcher Rob Johnson had two hits and drove in a run.

Padres on the mound: Starter Randy Wolf struggled with the command on his fastball in his first Cactus League outing, allowing two earned runs on three hits with a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Justin Germano was sharp in relief of Wolf. Germano struck out two over 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Wade LeBlanc tossed a scoreless inning as did Cla Meredith, who struck out three.

Mariners on the mound: Felix Hernandez cruised in his Cactus League opener, tossing two scoreless innings, allowing only an opposite-field single to Josh Bard with one strikeout and one walk. Horacio Ramirez followed with two scoreless innings. Sean White allowed five runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Cactus League records: Padres 1-1, Mariners 1-1

Up next: This is easy enough: The same two teams play again on Sunday at the Peoria Sports Complex at 12:05 p.m. PT. Cy Young winner Jake Peavy will throw two innings in his 2008 Cactus League debut for the Padres. The Mariners will counter with Carlos Silva, who signed a four-year, $48 million deal in the offseason.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.