INDIANS 8, MARINERS 5 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
The facts: The Mariners can handle just about everybody, it seems, but Cleveland prospect Francisco Lindor who, for the second time in four days, delivered the game-winning hit. This time, it was a tie-breaking RBI double in the ninth inning. On Sunday, Lindor hit a three-run homer that broke a tie in the Indians’ 6-3 victory over the Mariners in Goodyear. Those are the Mariners’ only losses in eight spring games.
Play of the game: The Indians broke a 5-5 tie in a three-run ninth against Danny Farquhar after successive defensive miscues. First, catcher Humberto Quintero dropped a catchable one-out foul pop by Joe Wendle. That was charitably ruled a no-play. Wendle then sent a fly to right that Xavier Avery dropped for a two-base error. Lindor followed with a double to right. More miscues (and more runs) followed.
Plus: Pretty much everything before the Mariners pulled their starters for mass substitutions after the sixth inning. They had a 5-1 lead at the time…Abraham Almonte opened a four-run first inning with a homer to right. Nick Franklin contributed a two-run single.
Minus: Lefty reliever Lucas Luetge spit back a four-run lead in the seventh and failed to make it out of the inning. Cleveland pulled even on a two-run homer by Ryan Raburn after a throwing error by third baseman Carlos Triunfel…Farquhar deserved far better than his line indicates.
Quotable: “It’s more pitches than I’d would like to throw in the regular season in three innings…But overall, I think it was pretty good.” — Mariners starter James Paxton after throwing 45 pitches, 31 for strikes, in three scoreless innings.
Extra innings: Right-hander Taijuan Walker is scheduled to resume his throwing program Thursday by playing catch. He was shut down for one week because of inflammation in his shoulder….The latest odds from Bovada, the online gaming service, peg the Mariners as a 7-1 shot to win the American League West Division.
Up next: Scott Baker gets his second start Thursday when the Mariners head back to Camelback Ranch for a game against the White Sox. He pitched two scoreless innings last Saturday against the Angels…Closer Fernando Rodney is also slotted for his spring debut.