Mariners Insider Blog

Diamondbacks 8, Mariners 4 -- Saunders struggles, but feels healthy

The facts

Seattle dropped its second straight Cactus League game as starter Joe Saunders struggle, pitching five innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts. . Seattle had an early 4-1 lead, but Saunders couldn’t hold it, giving up five runs in the third inning.  A Salt River Field record 12,864 fans watched the sun-drenched Sunday afternoon game.

Play of the game

Franklin Gutierrez hasn’t been in the line-up a lot in the last 10 days. But when he does play, he makes an impact. Gutierrez led off the game by smashing a home run deep to right-center off of Arizona starter Wade Miley

Who was hot

Kendrys Morales continues to swing the bat well. The big first baseman tied Michael Morse with the team lead in home runs with six. Batting right-handed, Morales clubbed a three-run home to left off of Miley in the third inning.

Who was not

Michael Morse didn’t have one of his better days, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, while looking generally frustrated with the Arizona pitchers and the home plate umpire.


“I feel like I’m right on track. My arm feels good. I’m just going through this nice, long five month spring training that needs to get over with and done. I’m looking forward to April. I feel right where I need to be.” – Joe Saunders on how he felt after his Sunday outing.

On tap

The Mariners are on the road again, traveling to Goodyear to play the Cincinnati Reds. Right-hander Brandon Maurer will get the start for Seattle. Stephen Pryor, Carter Capps, Oliver Perez and Lucas Luetge are also scheduled to pitch. The Reds will start right-hander Homer Bailey. First pitch is set for 1:10p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 710-AM.