The White Sox took advantage of the early struggles and nerves of young Mariners starter Andrew Carraway, scoring five runs in the first inning and never looking back, outlasting Seattle, 11-7 on Sunday. The Mariners banged out nine hits, and even had four-run eighth inning, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback.
Play of the game
Michael Morse showed how strong he is to all fields, muscling a fastball from Dylan Axelrod over the wall in right field for center field. It was Morse’s third homer of spring training.
Who was hot
Carlos Peguero was the only player to have two hits. The first hit was a triple to the right-center gap. Despite his massive frame, Peguero is surprisingly athletic. He showed it while sprinting around the bases. His other hit was broken bat blooper to center. But he is hitting .400 this spring.
Who was not
Mariners’ pitching was not good as whole. Seattle pitchers gave up 11 runs on 17 hits and six extra basehits. Carraway, who was making his first Cactus League, gave up five runs on six hits in the first inning. Carraway just couldn’t keep the ball down in the zone. He left a sinker up to Stefan Gartrell, who crushed a sinker over the wall in left-center for a three-run homer. Reliever Charlie Furbush also served up back-to-back home runs Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel.
“I’ve been realizing more and more how important that is. You’ve got to make those pitches at the knees. You can make that pitch the exact same way and a couple inches up in the zone, it’s the difference between a ground ball double play or a line drive or a homer.” – Carraway on keeping the ball down in the strikezone.
Here’s some video of Jason Bay’s triple ..
Reliever Josh Kinney is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his ribcage. A stress reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture, which the Mariners medical staff is looking to avoid. Kinney will be re-evaluated in a few weeks. … Danny Hultzen, who had been recovering from a minor hip flexor strain, threw a bullpen session. Hultzen looked sharp and will resume normal duties. … Casper Wells missed his second straight game with a sore neck.
The Mariners have Monday off. They return to action on Tuesday when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks. Felix Hernandez will make the start for Seattle. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.