The Mariners won their fifth straight Cactus League game on the strength of two home runs from Carlos Peguero and some solid pitching led by top prospects Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. Hultzen and Walker pitched two shutout innings apiece and combined for six strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
Play of the game
With two outs, the bases loaded and disaster impending in the first inning of the first Cactus League start of the season for Danny Hultzen, the Mariners lefty struck out Ben Francisco to end the inning. Hultzen settled down and retired the Indians 1-2-3 in the second and started a solid day for a group of seven Mariners pitchers that combined to allow just one unearned run on six hits, while striking out 11 hitters and walking four.
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Who was hot
Peguero flashed what will always make him intriguing and employed as player – raw power. In the third inning, he ripped a solo homer off of Indians starter Brett Myers to left-center field over the Indians bullpen to highlight a three-run inning.
In his next at-bat in the fourth inning, Peguero crushed a cut fastball from Corey Kluber into the pavilion in right field for another solo homer.
“I’m working to be patient at the plate and get a good pitch to hit and not hit a pitcher’s pitch,” Peguero said.
Peguero also scalded a low line drive that hit off the glove and shin of third baseman Cord Phelps. But the ball was ruled an error.
Who was not
In his second game of the spring and using a different batting stance, Dustin Ackley went 0-2 with a walk and two strikeouts. On a positive note, he did make a brilliant play on hard hit ball up the middle off the bat of Jason Giambi. Ackley gloved the ball, spun and fired off balance to first to get Giambi by a step.
“It’s still pretty cool that you’re facing Jason Giambi and I remember watching him when I was nine years old. It is cool, but the awe factor is gone.”
Kendrys Morales had a solid day, going 2-for-3 with a pair of sharp opposite field singles to left field. … Sumner’s Nick Hagadone pitched one scoreless inning for the Indians, striking out two hitters. The game was halted in the eighth inning when a fire alarm started going off after a fall ball into the stands. It was a false alarm, but a recorded message came on the public address system instructing fans to leave the park. Some fans did exit, but were let back in when the game resumed. “That’s a first for me,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of the alar
The Mariners travel to Scottsdale to face the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Right-hander Jon Garland will make his Cactus League debut for Seattle and pitch one inning. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. There will be no live local radio broadcast for the Brave.