Mariners 4, Dodgers 1 (at Camelback Ranch)

bob.dutton@thenewstribune.comMarch 5, 2014 

The facts: Felix Hernandez started the latest in what has been a spring of shutdown pitching performances by the Mariners by working two scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz.

Play of the game: The Mariners scored twice in the third inning, when third baseman Kyle Seager — back in the lineup after a four-day absence — delivered a one-out single with runners on first and third. A throwing error by Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig allowed the second run to score.

Plus: Mike Zunino had doubles in his two at-bats and is now 4-for-7 in four games. Right-hander Hector Noesi pitched two scoreless innings after replacing Hernandez to start the third inning.

Minus: Rookie outfielder James Jones, who spent most of last season at Double-A Jackson, committed a base-running mistake by breaking for the plate in the third inning on a routine grounder to short. He was an easy out. But he also had two singles in four at-bats and effectively stole a run in the fourth. Jones went from first to third base on an errant pickoff throw and then scored on a wild pitch.

Quotable: “There is only one other guy I know who can make that play, and he had the day off.” — Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon in assessing a defensive gem by second baseman Ketel Marte, a one-day promotion from minor league camp. The “other guy” is that Robinson Cano fella.

Extra innings: The Mariners, now 6-1, lowered their spring ERA to 1.80. … The Dodgers’ only run came on a homer by ex-Mariner Trayvon Robinson in the eighth inning against Stephen Kohlscheen. … Another former Mariner, Chone Figgins, started at second base and went 0-for-2. … Nonroster catcher Manny Pina is expected to miss at least a few weeks after suffering a strained left oblique. … The Mariners’ minor league camp opens Wednesday for 75 pitchers and 13 catchers. Full-squad drills start March 11.

Up next: Rookie left-hander James Paxton makes his second spring start Wednesday when the Indians come to Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Brandon Maurer is slotted for his spring debut in a piggyback start.

bob.dutton@thenewstribune.com

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