GIANTS (SS) 13, MARINERS 6 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
The facts: Fernando Rodney inherited a two-run lead to start the fifth inning…and not much went right thereafter for the Mariners. Rodney gave up three runs and was ejected by umpire Adam Hamari for arguing balls and strikes. The Giants put the game away with a five-run seventh against Tom Wilhelmsen.
Play of the game: Rodney’s version of what happened: “I said, `That’s a strike. It was right in the middle of the plate.’ (Hamari) said, `That’s enough.’ And I said, `That’s a strike. What’s wrong?’ And he threw me out.” Rodney said it was his first career ejection.
Plus: Abraham Almonte ignited a four-run third inning with a leadoff homer. Michael Saunders contributed a two-run single…Shortstop Nick Franklin made a nice diving stop on a sharp grounder up the middle and turned it into an out…Lefty James Paxton needed 75 pitches to get through four innings but mostly minimized damage: five hits, three runs, two earned.
Minus: Wilhelmsen yielded five runs before exiting after retiring just one batter in the seventh…Two misplays in right field by Jabari Blash contributed to Wilhelmsen’s problems…The Mariners committed four errors.
Quotable: “Leg feels fine. It squared me up pretty good, but it wasn’t that bad. So I’m good to go. I was telling the guys, I wouldn’t be very Canadian if I let that take me out of the game.” — Paxton on getting hit in the left leg by a Darren Ford liner in the second inning.
Health updates: Right-hander Taijuan Walker is slotted for his his second bullpen workout Sunday since returning from a one-week shutdown earlier in the month because of bursitis in his shoulder. Plans call for 40 pitches…Righty Brandon Maurer is still battling back soreness and isn’t expected to throw for a week. That virtually kills his chance to win a job in the rotation…Reliever Stephen Pryor, who is recovering from a torn back muscle, should pitch in a minor-league game in the next few days.
Extra innings: Hamari has worked big-league games, but he is a Triple-A staff umpire…The projected ESPN crew for the Mariners’ season opener on March 31 at Anaheim includes former manager Eric Wedge…The Mariners dropped to 13-5-2.
Up next: Lefty Roenis Elias draws a start Sunday against the Angels in Tempe because the Mariners shifted Scott Baker to a minor-league game. Baker has already faced the Angels in two spring games and, if he makes the rotation, could face them once or twice in the first 10 days of the regular season.