The Mariners won their seventh straight Cactus League game, thanks to four home runs in the game. Pitching prospects James Paxton and Brandon Maurer started the game, each pitching two innings against a pretty solid Rangers lineup. Neither was spectacular. Paxton gave up three runs on two hits, including a two-run homer from Mitch Moreland in two innings of work. Maurer pitched two innings give up two and walked two, while striking out two.
Play of the game
Carlos Peguero isn’t known for his defense. But the big outfielder made a pair of nice catches in the game. His first catch was the biggest. In the top of fourth, the Rangers loaded the bases against Maurer with two outs to bring the dangerous Ian Kinsler to the plate. With a 2-1 count, Maurer surprised Kinsler with slider and getting a soft liner to left. Peguero to a bad jump on the ball, but was able to come in and make a nice sliding catch to end the inning.
Who was hot
The Mariners offense as a whole still remains hot. In the seven-game win streak, they’ve scored 48 runs and banged out 81 hits. The team has also blasted out 18 home runs this spring, which leads all teams. . On Friday, Carlos Peguero (solo homer), Jason Bay (two-run homer), Michael Saunders (solo homer) and Michael Morse (two-run homer) all went deep. Of Peguero’s six hits, three are homers. Bay and Saunders each have two this spring.
Peguero’s solo homer in the second inning
Saunders’ two-run homer in the third …
Bay’s two-run homer in the fourth …
Morse’s two-run homer in the fourth …
Who was not
Reliever Jhonny Nunez continues to struggle with his command. In his one inning of work, he gave up two runs on one hit and two walks. He’s made two appearances and given up four earned runs. Top catching prospect Mike Zunino went 0-for-2 with a ground out and line out, he’s now 0-for-7 with a walk and hit by pitch this spring.
“I don’t think it’s by accident. I think guys have put the time in. But I think it’s a little foolish to think it’s going to happen every game. But we will take them while we can get them right now.” – Mariners outfielder JasonBay joking about all the early home runs.
Dustin Ackley went 2-for-3 on the day. Ackley, who is working on some swing changes, lined out hard to center field in his first at-bat. His next two at-bats were hard ground balls up the middle for base hits. … Catcher Kelly Shoppach threw the speedy Elvis Andrus out at second on a stolen base attempt. … The last time the Mariners won seven straight spring training games was in 1998.
Hisashi Iwakuma will make his second start of the spring against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Also scheduled to pitch for Seattle are Jeremy Bonderman, Oliver Perez, Kameron Loe and Charlie Furbush. The Dodgers will start Chris Capuano with Chad Billingsley, Brandon League, Kenley Jansen among those scheduled to pitch. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on 710-AM.
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