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Mariners 6, A's 5 -- Ackley, Smoak with two hits each

The facts

03.18.13 Box Score

The Mariners pushed their Cactus League winning streak to five games with a 6-5 win over division rival Oakland. Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0) picked up the win, pitching five innings and giving up six hits on three runs with two walks. The Mariners banged out nine hits with Michael Morse hitting his sixth homer of the season. That’s 44th homer this spring for Seattle – the most in the big leagues.

Play of the game

It wasn’t made by the Mariners. It was made by the A’s Coco Crisp. The diminicutive center fielder made a highlight reel catch, scaling the wall in deep left-center and robbing Jesus Montero of what figured to be a sure home run. Crisp nearly doubled off Justin Smoak, who was so certain the ball wouldn’t be caught that he was past second base when Crisp came down with the ball.

Who was hot

Dustin Ackley had a nice day going 2-for-4 with two run scoring singles. Ackley is still working to perfect the changes in his swing. He’s shown signs of success. He hit a hard ground ball up the middle in the sixth inning to Justin Smoak from second. In the eighth inning, Ackley pulled a ball down the line to score Morse.

Who was not

Casper Wells took an 0-for-4 day with three strikeouts. Wells is now 0-for-10 after missing five games with a stiff neck. Wells’ batting average has dropped to .200 (7-for-34) this spring. Much of his production came from back-to-back games where he went 5-for-9 with nine RBIs.

Quotable

“It was a great opportunity for him to pitch that ninth inning. He’s been very consistent all camp. He’s been very impressive. And he was again today.” – Manager Eric Wedge on reliever Carson Smith.

Extra innings

Smith has yet to allow a run this spring in six appearances and six innings pitched. … Smoak continues to hit from the left side, scalding a single in the second inning and yanking a double down the line in the sixth inning. … Brad Miller continues to impress. He had a key two-run double to left-center for the Mariners (below).

On tap

The Mariners return to Peoria Stadium to face the San Francisco Giants in the first of three night games in four days. Right-hander Brandon Maurer will get the start for the Mariners with Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor scheduled to pitch. San Francisco will start left-hander Barry Zito. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710-AM.

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