PADRES 7, MARINERS 2 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
The facts: Lefty starter James Paxton was scheduled for six innings, but he only lasted four. He gave three runs, all with two outs in the second inning. He had only permitted three earned runs over 13 innings in four previous starts. He threw 70 pitches, including 42 for strikes.
Play of the game: Ryan Jackson grounded a two-run single past first base with two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning.
Plus: Shortstop Brad Miller booted a grounder (see below) but also went two for three and raised his average to .463 at 19 for 41….The sellout crowd of 12,084 was the largest of the spring at Peoria Stadium.
Minus: Miller and center fielder Abraham Almonte committed errors on the same play in the fourth inning. Miller failed to handle a grounder to short, and Almonte made a bad throw to the infield. It was the first error for both…Long-relief candidate Zach Miner gave up three runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Quotable: “I’m not super diehard. So with Duke losing, I’m not going to be celebrating. A lot of people hold a grudge against Duke, but I’m not one of those guys.” — left fielder Dustin Ackley, who went to North Carolina, on rival Duke getting upset in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament.
Extra innings: Several Mariners made early exits because of the split-squad doubleheader looming on Saturday afternoon. Second baseman Robinson Cano was one for two with an RBI double before leaving after three innings…Both teams lost challenges on plays at first base.
Up next: The Mariners’ fourth and final split-squad doubleheader consists of games against the A’s in Phoenix and the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Scott Baker will start against the A’s, who are throwing Scott Kazmir. Rookie lefty Roenis Elias will start against the Rockies, who are starting Brett Anderson.