PEORIA, Ariz. — Well, it went quickly on a sweltering Sunday afternoon when the Mariners succumbed quietly in a 3-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Stadium.
Just two hours and three minutes.
Some of that was due to lefty Wade Miley, who is one of the game’s fastest workers. He pitched five mostly-solid innings. But he had help from his teammates in moving the game along.
"We’re scuffling a little bit right now," manager Scott Servais said. "We’ve got a few guys who are running on fumes right now. It does happen."
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It happened Sunday with the Mariners (9-11-2) coming off a day/night doubleheader and just two days ahead of the first open date in their 33-game Cactus League schedule.
The Tribe opened the scoring when Jose Ramirez jumped a 1-0 pitch from Miley for a home run in the first inning. Ramirez went deep again in the third with a runner on base.
"The first homer," Miley said, "I tried to go in and didn’t get it in enough, I guess. I wasn’t expecting him to spin on something like that. I had never faced him before.
"The next one, I tip my hat. I threw a change-up. I didn’t think it was that bad of a pitch. Not a whole lot of guys hit 2-0 soft (stuff), and he did. He pounded it."
The Mariners got their only one run in the seventh inning on Daniel Robertson’s two-out RBI single. It came after Dae-Ho Lee, who was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on two passed balls by catcher Guillermo Quiroz.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Wade Miley picked off Rajai Davis at second after a two-out double in the fifth inning. Second baseman Luis Sardinas slipped in behind Taylor and applied the tag.
"It was something we’ve been working on," Miley said. "He was getting pretty extended. I saw one time that Sardinas was right there on him and thought, `I’ve got a shot at this.’"
PLUS: Closer Steve Cishek got three ground-ball outs in a one-two-three sixth inning. It was his second clean inning since returning March 17 from some biceps soreness…second baseman Patrick Brady made two ranging plays on grounders for the first two outs in the eighth inning. Brady is likely to open the season as a utility player at Triple-A Tacoma or Double-A Jackson…reliever Mayckol Guaipe pitched two scoreless innings and has allowed only one run in 7 2/3 innings over his last five appearances…catcher Rob Brantly threw out Joey Butler on an attempted steal of second in the ninth inning.
MINUS: Leonys Martin served as the designated hitter and went hitless in three at-bats. His average is down to .200 (7-for-35)…Utility candidates Chris Taylor (shortstop) and Luis Sardinas (second base) each had errors. Taylor also went 0-for-3, which dropped his average to .212 (7-for-33). Sardinas had a single in three at-bats and is batting .359 (14-for-39).
STAT PACK: The Mariners entered Sunday with a 21-7 advantage when employing defensive shifts. Those are Servais’ stats, compiled after each game.
QUOTABLE: Manager Scott Servais pointed to another strong outing by Cishek as a big plus: "It’s a new ballclub for him. He wants to give us a feel for how he goes about it…I’m really happy with where he’s at."
UP NEXT: The Mariners make the 12-mile trip Monday to Camelback Ranch in Glendale for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that offers a couple of subplots.
Hisashi Iwakuma is slotted for five innings against the club, the Dodgers, that backed away from a free-agent deal for $45 million over three years last December because of concerns that surfaced in his physical examination.
The Dodgers are starting right-hander Kenta Maeda, who pitched last year at Hiroshima in the Japan’s Central League. So there’s lots of interest in today’s match-up in Japan.
Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners