THE FACTS: A split squad of Dodgers capitalized on three Mariners errors, including two by shortstop Ketel Marte, for five unearned runs in a comeback victory in Glendale.
Marte made both of his errors in the a three-run sixth, which victimized lefty Mike Kickham.
Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez worked around two singles in the first inning but gave up two unearned runs in the second — unearned but deserved: Ramirez committed a throwing error.
PLAY(S) OF THE GAME: Defensive mishaps elsewhere aside, starting shortstop Chris Taylor delivered an RBI triple and a a two-run homer that staked the Mariners to a 4-2 lead through 4 1/2 innings.
Taylor tweaked his swing this spring in an effort to add some pop after managing just eight extra-base hits, all doubles, last season in 136 at-bats.
“It’s funny,” he said. “There are days like this when it just seems to happen naturally. You’re not thinking too much. And there are other days when you can’t figure it out.”
PLUS: Lefty Tyler Olson, who spent most of last season at Double-A Jackson, retired six straight Dodgers in the third and fourth innings. The ball never left the infield…Willie Bloomquist showed no problems with his surgically-repaired right knee in scoring from first on Taylor’s triple…Shawn O’Malley stole second and third after replacing Bloomquist as a pinch-runner in the fifth.
MINUS: First baseman Jesus Montero failed to catch Jimmy Rollins’ routine foul pop in the first inning. It was somehow scored “no play.”…Justin Ruggiano also overthrew the cutoff man from center field on a play at the plate in the second inning, which permitted a runner to move easily from first to second…Rickie Weeks went 0-3 with two strikeouts in his spring debut.
QUOTABLE: “That was, internally, kind of a big day for me,” Bloomquist said, “because of everything this off-season threw at me. It kind of meant something for me to get back out there. So it felt great.”
EXTRA INNINGS: Saturday’s two games are the last on the Mariners’ schedule before Daylight Savings Time goes into effect. Since Arizona doesn’t recognize the time change, it effectively shifts to Pacific time. Most games, therefore, will start around 1 p.m…Marte also had two errors in Friday’s game…Former Mariners closer David Aardsma (69 saves in 2009-10) pitched a scoreless fourth inning for the Dodgers.
UP NEXT: The Mariners play the first of two split-squad doubleheaders Saturday when the meet Arizona at Peoria Stadium and travel back to Camelback Ranch to play the Chicago White Sox.
Both games start at 12:05 p.m. Pacific time.
Hisashi Iwakuma makes his spring debut against the Diamondbacks, who list Josh Collmenter as their starter. Jordan Pries will start against the White Sox, who plan to start ex-Mariner Hector Noesi.