MARINERS 5, ROCKIES 4 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
THE FACTS: A booming homer by minor league outfielder Gabby Guerrero ultimately provided the winning run as the Mariners won their final spring home game.
Guerrero’s blast came in the seventh inning against veteran Colorado reliever LaTroy Hawkins. It struck high off the 40-foot batter’s eye beyond the center-field wall.
It provided the Mariners with a 5-3 lead.
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Guerrero is the nephew of former All-Star Vladimir Guerrero and ranked No. 4 on the TNT’s Top 10 list of prospects.
Mariners starter J.A. Happ pitched four scoreless innings while allowing two hits and two walks. He struck out four.
“I felt better,” he said. “I felt my direction to home was better. I had a little more life to my fastball, maybe. I feel good about it.”
Happ was hit in the right arm by Corey Dickerson’s leadoff drive in the third inning. After a brief check, Happ remained in the game and finished with 69 pitches, including 44 for strikes.
“I haven’t seen a replay,” he said, “but it’s fine. Not (an issue) at all.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME: Shortstop Brad Miller made a sliding stop to his left on Nolan Arenado’s sharp grounder in the second inning. Miller got to his feet and made a strong throw to first for the out.
Second baseman Robinson Cano made slick pick-ups and flips to Miller that started double plays in the first two innings.
PLUS: Miller also opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the second inning after Colorado starter Jordan Lyles walked Logan Morrison and Mike Zunino.
Seth Smith hustled his way to a double in the first inning on a grounder up the middle.
MINUS: Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen failed to make it through the fifth inning. He gave up three runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
JOB BATTLES: The Mariners are unlikely to add lefty Tyler Olson to the roster until they arrive back in Seattle after Saturday’s game. Olson is expected to keep No. 66 for the regular season.
QUOTABLE: “We don’t need to think about expectations. We just need to go out there and play.” — pitcher Felix Hernandez on looking ahead to the regular season.
EXTRA INNINGS: The Mariners averaged 8,282 in attendance for their 16 spring home games (a total of 132,519). They averaged 7,972 in 2014 for 14 home games. The Peoria Sports Complex set a spring record by drawing 238,847 for all 31 games involving the Mariners and co-tenant San Diego. The previous record was 230,662 in 2002.
UP NEXT: The Mariners close their spring schedule with another game against the Rockies at 12:05 p.m. Saturday at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. Plans call for right-hander Taijuan Walker to make a tapered start, while Colorado plans to start right-hander Eddie Butler. Walker is expected to work only two or three innings in a tapered final start.