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Mariners 8, Angels 5 - Morban homers twice, Smoak also leaves the yard

 BOX SCORE ... 03.15.13 Box Score (LAA)

The facts

The Mariners were winners for the second straight day despite giving up 12 hits to the Angels. Seattle was powered by three more home runs, running their major league leading total to 39 this spring. Jeremy Bonderman (2-0) gave the Mariners a solid start, allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts in four innings of work got the decision.

Play of the game

Justin Smoak continues to show Mariners management that he’s going to be a productive player this season. Smoak battled Angels starter Tommy Hanson to a full count, laying off a couple of nasty breaking balls in the dirt. On the 3-2 pitch, Smoak – hitting left-handed - drove an outside fastball from Hanson over the wall in left field for his third homer this spring.

“He’s had some real good at-bats this spring,” Wedge said. “He’s in a much stronger positon to hit, much better balance up there, using his lower half and seeing the ball well.”

Who was hot

Julio Morban hasn’t topped any prospects list. In fact, it was a surprise to many to find out the 21-year-old outfielder was on the 40-man roster. But he’s turned some heads this spring and had his best game to date – hitting a two-run homer to right field in the second inning and crushing a two-run homer to almost dead center field some 400 feet. He finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk, four RBI and two runs scored. This spring he’s hitting .300 (9-for-30) with three doubles, two homers and six RBI.

Who was not

Yoervis Medina continues to struggle this spring with his command. He pitched one inning allowing two runs on three hits and walked a batter. He continues to struggle with his command. His ERA this spring is 9.00 and he’s given up 11 hits in five innings pitched.


“He’s a good baseball player. He has a nice swing and a nice approach at the plate. He’s focused and he’s had a great camp for us. This is a guy that came in here and made quite an impression.” --- Wedge on Morban.

On tap

The Mariners travel to Scottsdale to face the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Field. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez will get the start for Seattle. Also schedule to pitch are Charlie Furbush, Oliver Perez, Danny Farquhar and Logan Bawcom. Colorado will start right-hander Chris Volstad. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast live locally on 710-AM.