THE FACTS: Joe Saunders’ bid to win a bullpen job took on heavy water Sunday when he gave up six runs in the eighth inning. That finished off a pretty ugly afternoon for the Mariners in Goodyear.
“It was a tough outing (for Saunders),” manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged. “One thing I know with veterans is it takes them a little longer in the spring. I’m not going to be quick to judge.
“It was not a good outing, obviously, but he’ll get back out there.”
PLAY OF THE GAME: Third baseman Kyle Seager flashed Gold Glove form by making a diving stop on Chris Dominguez’s two-out grounder in the first inning. Seager got to his feet and made a strong throw for the out.
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PLUS: Austin Jackson drove in the Mariners’ only run with an RBI double in the fourth inning…Pat Kivlehan rebounded from a four-strikeout game Saturday by getting a double in his only at-bat. He is 4-for-11 overall…Reliever Yoervis Medina worked a one-two-three fifth inning…It was ugly, but it was quick: Just 2 hours, 18 minutes.
MINUS: Saunders gave up a walk and five hits, including a two-run homer by Kyle Waldrop in the eighth inning…Danny Farquhar served up a homer to Jay Bruce in the fourth. Farquhar gave up two runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning in his previous appearance…lefty Charlie Furbush also struggled again in giving up one run, two hits and a walk in his inning. He gave up two hits and two runs in his other spring inning…The Mariners went nine up and down in three innings against Reds starter Jason Marquis.
QUOTABLE: “That was a cutter that didn’t cut,” J.A. Happ said of the two-run homer he surrendered to Donald Lutz in the second inning. “It looked a lot like a BP fastball. He liked it.”
EXTRA INNINGS: The Reds scratched speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton from their lineup because of a sore shoulder…Infielder Ketel Marte played the final two innings at shortstop with recording a defensive chance. He made five errors in his three previous games.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Taijuan Walker looks to build on the two scoreless innings from his first start Monday when he faces Cleveland at 1:05 p.m. at Peoria Stadium. He is scheduled for three innings.
The Indians list right-hander Carlos Carrasco as their starter.