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Mariners 8, Reds 7 - Morse hits two homers, Zunino provides the game-winning homer

 The facts

After dropping six of their last seven games, the Mariners finally picked up a win in come from behind fashion. The Mariners found themselves down 7-1 in the fourth inning, but they whittled away at the lead thanks to the power of Michael Morse, who went 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and five RBI. Morse ripped  a three-run homer (above) and a two-run homer (below) and a double (also below).

two-run homer


Play of the game

Mike Zunino provided the game-winning heroics. Zunino broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the eighth, crushing a solo homer to deep left-center over the 410-foot sign off of reliever Drew Hayes. It was Zunino’s only at-bat of the game and his second homer of the spring.

Who was hot

Brandon Maurer took a major step into inserting himself into serious conversation for the Mariners starting rotation. The 23-year old right-hander threw four shutout innings allowing three hits, while walking two and striking out four. Maurer showed used all four of his pitches and showed excellent command with each.

Who was not

Joe Saunders is going to give up hits. He’s a pitcher that gives up contact. But giving up seven runs in three innings isn’t exactly what he planned for. Saunders gave up nine hits and only five of the runs were earned. He struck out two and walked one.

“My arm felt good, my velocity is starting there up,” Saunders said. “I’m not a guy that looks at results in spring training. I look at where my body is and how my arm feels.”


“He puts up a professional at-bat, especially for a young hitter. He was playing college ball last year. That was a good example, that at-bat.” – Eric Wedge on Zunino’s home run.

On tap

The Mariners will be pulling double duty again today. They will travel to Tempe to face the Los Angeles Angels. Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will get the start for Seattle and scheduled to pitch four innings. Andrew Carraway, Carson Smith and Bobby LaFromboise are also scheduled to pitch. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. Later tonight, the Mariners will host the Netherlands in a World Baseball Classic exhibition game. Right-hander Jon Garland will start with Lucas Luetge, Stephen Pryor and Tom Wilhelmsen also scheduled to pitch.