The Mariners continued their push to become the 1927 Yankees of the 2013 Cactus League. Seattle (10-1) banged out 16 hits and scored 16 runs in the pummeling of Colorado. It was 10th straight win for the Mariners. Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager each hit home runs to push the Mariners’ total to 24 in 11 games. It was the eighth-straight game they hit multiple home runs in a game.
Here’s video of Seager’s home run
Here’s video of Ibanez’s homer
Play of the game
A ground ball is supposed to be easy to field for a big league first baseman. But it wasn’t for Rockies’ first baseman Michael Cuddyer. Kyle Seager’s hard ground ball ate up Cuddyer at first base, bouncing off his glove and allowing Seager to reach first safely. It should have been the third out of the fourth inning. Instead, the inning stayed alive and Seattle scored six runs with two outs to turn a 3-3 tie to a 9-3 lead.
Who was hot
Casper Wells wasn’t hot coming into the game. The Mariners outfielder was hitting .111 (2-for-18) with a double and a home run. But he came to life against the Rockies, going 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple and five runs batted in. The big blast was a bases-loaded triple to right-center in the six-run fourth inning.
“He’s worked hard to shorten up his swing, and we’ve seen that this spring,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Here’s video of Wells’ triple
Who was not
Mariners’ fans know what Miguel Batista innings can be like. The one-time Seattle pitcher can look dominant one moment and awful the next, all in the same inning. It happened in the fourth inning. Batista looked sharp striking out Robert Andino and Carlos Triunfel to start. But Batista walked Franklin Gutierrez, despite being ahead 1-2 in the count. Then after Cuddyer’s error on the Seager groundball, Batista fell apart, allowing a RBI double to Raul Ibanez and the three-run triple to Wells. While none of the runs were earned, Batista still allowed four hits and two walks in the inning.
“I just want him to keep on the path. He obviously proved to everybody that he’s very capable of being successful in the big leagues.” Wedge on third baseman Kyle Seager.
Carlos Triunfel had a solid game, going 2-for-5 at the plate, while also making a pair of nice plays at shortstop. … Catcher John Hicks had an infield single in his only at-bat. He is now 5-for-8 this spring. … Reliever Stephen Pryor wasn’t quite as sharp as previous outings, giving up two runs on two hits, including a home run to Kent Matthes. … Robert Andino made two outs in the fourth inning. He struck out off of Batista to start the inning and then grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Mariners are off today. They will return to action again on Wednesday when they host the Milwaukee Brewers. Blake Beavan is scheduled to make the start.