MARINERS 4, DODGERS 1 (AT CAMELBACK RANCH)
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 four for seven in four games. Right-hander Hector Noesi pitched two scoreless innings after replacing Hernandez to start the third inning.
Minus: Let’s start with the 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 on a 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.” — 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 Martin in the eighth inning against Stephen Kohlscheen…Another ex-Mariner, Chone Figgins, started at second base and went zero for two…Non-roster 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 lefty 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.