MARINERS 7, WHITE SOX (SS) 4 (AT CAMELBACK RANCH)
The facts: The Mariners erased a two-run deficit in the seventh inning on successive two-out singles by D.J. Peterson, Cole Gillespie and Jesus Montero in rallying Thursday for a victory over the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz.
Play of the game: Shortstop Brad Miller, in a fight to keep his job, turned in a web gem on Paul Konerko’s leadoff grounder deep into the hole in the second inning. Miller made a diving backhand stop and a strong throw to first for the out.
Plus: Right-hander Zach Miner continued a strong spring by getting two strikeouts in a one-two-three ninth inning. He has retired all nine hitters faced in three outings with six strikeouts.
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Minus: It was 2-2 before two defensive misplays by second baseman Willie Bloomquist fueled Chicago’s two-run sixth inning. He committed an error by botching a potential double-play grounder with no outs and runners on first and second. That led to one run. The White Sox scored again when Bloomquist threw wide on a relay for what could have been an inning-ending double play.
Quotable: “It was a little nerve-wracking my first AB. But after that… It was a freak accident. It’s something that happens to someone maybe once in their lifetime. And with most people, none…The nerves are gone. Seeing an inside pitch is not a problem.” — third baseman D.J. Peterson, a top prospect whose season ended last year when hit in the jaw by a pitch.
Extra innings: Right-hander Taijuan Walker resumed his throwing program by playing catch for a few minutes. He was shut down for one week because of a sore shoulder…Corey Hart went zero for three with two strikeouts as the DH. He is tentatively scheduled to make his spring debut in right field in Friday’s game against the Reds…Scott Baker, in his second start. benefited from some plus defense in limiting the White Sox to one run and three hits in three innings.
Up next: Veteran lefty Randy Wolf continues his comeback Friday from a second Tommy John surgery in a start against Cincinnati at Peoria Stadium. He pitched two scoreless innings Sunday against the Indians in Goodyear.