The Mariners banged out nine hits and got solid pitching, holding the Padres to just four hits. Seattle improved to 18-8 in the Cactus League season. Kyle Seager, Michael Morse and Dustin Ackley had two hits each. Kelly Shoppach homered to push the Mariners spring total to 47 – the most in the major leagues.
Play of the game
Minor league shortstop Chris Taylor found himself in a big position in just his second Cactus League at-bat this spring. He found himself stepping into the box with the bases loaded and two outs in a 1-1 game. He worked a 3-2 count and ripped a hard single to center to score two runners for his first hit of the spring. Taylor, a shortstop, was drafted out of Virginia in the fifth round of the 2012 draft.
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Who was hot
Felix Hernandez was simply outstanding. The Mariners ace threw six innings allowing two hits, and striking out nine batters. He threw just 70 pitches with 50 strikes. Hernandez gave up a two-out single and a double in the second inning. But that rally ended immediately. Hernandez got Alexi Amarista to ground out to end the inning. He retired 13 straight batters after the two hits, including six strikeouts in a row.
“You know me,” he said of the two hits. “I’m a competitor. When I see something like that, the competitor comes out inside of me and I lock in.”
Who was not
Jason Bay made his second straight start in center field. He made a few nice plays in center and did not look completely lost, despite not having played there much in the past six years. But at the plate he struggled, going 0-for-3 with walk and three strikeouts.
“Good for him. This is a good young player – a guy we feel strong about. We wanted to get him up here and give him an opportunity. That was great at-bat in a tough situation. I loved the way he hung in there, took some pitches, fouled off some pitches and ultimately came through. He should feel good about that.” – Mariners manager Eric Wedge on Taylor’s winning hit.
Hisashi Iwakuma will throw in a minor league game today to keep him on normal rest. … First baseman Mike Jacobs is no longer in big league spring training. His locker was cleaned out on Friday. The Mariners have yet to announce a roster move with him. … Former Mariners pitcher Arthur Rhodes made an appearance in the clubhouse and watched the game in the stands. … Attendance for the game was 7,584.
The Mariners go back to day baseball as they host the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Blake Beavan will make the start for Seattle. Also scheduled to pitch are Charlie Furbush, Oliver Perez, Tom Wilhelmsen and Lucas Luetge. Cleveland will start lefty Scott Kazmir. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports and also broadcast on 710-AM.