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Mariners split their split squad games: Stefen Romero has himself a day

The facts

The Mariners continued score runs and blast the ball over the fence. Seattle got two home runs from prospect Stefen Romero and another from Casper Wells in the win. The Mariners also got outstanding pitching, limiting the Royals to two runs on seven hits and struck out eight batters

Play(er) of the game

Stefen Romero blew open a 1-1 game in the fourth inning, ripping 2-0 fastball from Guillermo Moscoso over the wall in left field for a grand slam (above).  That was the biggest hit in a game full of them for Romero. He also had a single, a double and a three-run homer in the ninth inning (below) to dead center. A 4-for-5 day with seven RBI isn’t bad considering yesterday he went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

Who was hot

Casper Wells seems to be in one of those streaks that he can get on. Wells doubled off the wall in deep left center to drive in a run in the third inning (above). He also launched a three-run homer (below) in the eighth inning. Combined with his big outing on Monday, he now has driven in nine runs in the past two games.

Who was not

Michael Morse did have a single in the first inning, but he went hitless in his other four at-bats, including three strikeouts.

Quotable

“Seven RBIs, what else is there to say. It makes the job easier on the pitchers for sure.” – Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis on Romero’s big day.

On tap

The Mariners will send Hector Noesi to the mound against the Oakland A’s at Peoria Stadium. Also scheduled to pitch are Kameron Loe, Chance Ruffin, Jhonny Nunuez, Bobby LaFromboise and others. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 710-AM locally.

Here's Justin Smoak's hard double to right-center.

A’s 7, Mariners 3 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

The facts

The Mariners got a solid start from Brandon Maurer, who went three innings, allowing one run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. It could have been much worse for Maurer, but twice he worked out of jams without allowing serious damage. But James Paxton and D.J. Mitchell struggled in relief. Seattle banged out 11 hits, but managed just three runs. Robert Andino homered in the game.

Who was hot

Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman had his longest outing of the season, throwing three innings and allowing one run on three hits, while striking out two batters. Bonderman threw

“Bonderman continues to impress,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

Who was not

Touted pitching prospect James Paxton struggled in his third outing of the spring. The hard-throwing lefty gave up three runs on three on three hits and walked two batters and never made it out of the first inning he pitched

Quotable

“I thought Maurer threw the ball very well coming out getting the start and facing a very good line-up that Oakland had out there. His stuff was good. It was crisp.” – Mariners manager Eric Wedge.

** videos courtesy of the Seattle Mariners

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