The wild run of wins finally came to an end for the Mariners. The 10-game win streak was snapped by the Brewers, who capitalized on a few poor pitching performances from the Mariners and also Seattle’s inability to get hits with runners in scoring position. There were a few streaks maintained in the loss. With home runs from Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales (above), the Mariners have homered in every Cactus League game this season, giving them a total of 26 this spring – the most in baseball. Seattle has also had multiple homers in its last nine games.
Play of the game
It might not have led to victory, but on sheer distance and power, Morse’s fourth inning solo home run off of Mike Fiers was still the most impressive part of the game. Morse demolished a fastball from Fiers hitting it just to the left of the batters eye. The ball went over at the 410-foot mark and landed on top of the berm. More telling was that neither Brewers left fielder Norichika Aoki nor center fielder Logan Schafer even took one step back as if they might have a play on the ball.
Who was hot
Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez continued to make his push for a spot in the starting rotation with another solid outing. Ramirez threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out three batters and walking just one. He has yet to give up a run in three outings this spring.
Who was not
Reliever Josh Kinney, who is fighting to make the bullpen, had a forgettable outing. The veteran right-hander never made it out of his scheduled one inning of work, giving up three runs on three hits with a walk. Kinney came in with a 6-3 lead in the seventh inning, and left with two outs and the game tied. Charlie Furbush relieved Kinney and ended the inning, getting a fly out from Schafer.
Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner drew huge crowds to the minor league fields at the Peoria complex. Both former Mariners are in camp to instruct minor leaguers. Neither was in uniform, but both talked several players and watched batting practice. … Former Mariners owner George Argyros was at Wednesday’s game.
The Mariners will be a split squad playing in two games on Thursday. Over in Surprise, Felix Hernandez will make his Cactus League debut this spring against the Kansas City Royals. Also scheduled to pitch are Hisashi Iwakuma, Tom Wilhelmsen, Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor.
Over at Phoenix Municipal, Brandon Mauer will start against the Oakland A’s. Also scheduled to pitch against the A’s are James Paxton, D.J. Mitchell and Brian Moran.
Both games start 1:05 p.m.