Third baseman Kyle Seager had three hits - one of them Seattle's seventh home run in three games - and Jason Vargas pitched four shutout innings today as the Mariners jumped ahead of the San Diego Padres and rolled to a 5-4 victory today.
"I came to camp in better shape and with the two intra-squad games I pitched, my arm seemed to get in shape a little more easily," Vargas said. "Today, I wanted to go four innings and did. I threw a lot of good pitches, put them where I wanted them."
The Mariners No. 2 starter, Vargas has now pitched nine innings in camp - five in intrasquad action, four in the Cactus League - and has yet to allow a run.
Seager, the 24-year-old infielder trying to make the team in a camp full of third basemen, had the kind of day hitters dream of.
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In his first at-bat, after falling behind 0-2, he fouled off pitches, took pitches and worked the count full at 3-2.
"In that situation, he has to try to throw a strike, and he did," Seager said of Anthony Bass. "I hit it out."
Second at-bat, the two Mariners ahead of Seager - Chone Figgins and Munenori Kawasaki - walked and, with two out, Seager singled home a run on the first pitch.
Why swing at the first pitch after back-to-back walks?
"The pitcher is trying to throw a strike, and I wanted to be ready to swing if he came in," Seager said. "He did."
For his third and final at-bat of the day, Seager singled off the first baseman's glove for another, then trotted into the cluhouse with a .667 batting after in three spring games.
The Mariners? They're 2-1 now and followed Vargas with shutout innings of relief from Brandon League, Forrest Snow, Charlie Furbush and Jeff Marquez.
In the ninth, pitcher Jarrett Grube gave three runs with two out, then got a pop up with the tying run on second - only to watch rookie shortstop Nick Franklin misplay the ball, allowing the run to score.
Rookie Johermyn Chavez doubled home a run in the bottom of the ninth for the victory.