DIAMONDBACKS 4, MARINERS (SS) 3 (AT PEORIA STADIUM)
MARINERS (SS) 11, WHITE SOX 7 (AT CAMELBACK RANCH)
THE FACTS: The Mariners blew a one-run lead to Arizona when another error by minor-league shortstop Tyler Smith opened the way to a two-run ninth inning. Justin Germano then gave up successive RBI doubles.
Justin Ruggiano’s three-run homer keyed a 14-hit attack in a slugfest victory over the Chicago White Sox in Glendale. The split left the Mariners with a 3-2 spring record.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Rickie Weeks rocked an eye-popping homer against the Diamondbacks that cleared the 40-foot batter’s eye in dead center field. That might turn out to be the play of the spring.
PLUS: Hisashi Iwakuma opened his spring by retiring six straight hitters in the first two innings against Arizona while throwing 16 of 22 pitches for strikes…Lefty David Rollins, who is battling for a bullpen job, pitched around a leadoff double against Arizona by getting two grounders and a strikeout…Shortstop Brad Miller had two hits, including a double, against the White Sox….Ketel Marte went 2-for-3 with a stolen base after starting at second base against Chicago…Chris Taylor started at short against Arizona and went 1-for-2 while handling three chances cleanly…Lefty Paul Fry, who spent last year at Lo-A Clinton, pitched two scoreless innings against Arizona...Carson Smith closed out the victory over the White Sox with a scoreless ninth inning.
MINUS: It wasn’t all positive for Marte; he committed his fifth error in three games…Same for Miller, who booted a grounder for an error against the White Sox…Smith’s error against the Diamondbacks came three days after his wild throw in the ninth inning resulted in an injury to first baseman Ji-Man Choi…Right-hander Sam Gaviglio, acquired last November from the Cardinals for infielder Ty Kelly, gave up five runs on six hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings against the White Sox. One run was unearned.
QUOTABLE: “I needed to work on a few things out of the set position,” said Hisashi Iwakuma, who threw 20 pitches in the bullpen after two perfect innings. “In the bullpen, I was able to do that.”
EXTRA INNINGS: Note the time on Sunday’s game against the Reds i.n Goodyear. Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time. So the 1:05 p.m. start is the same here as in Tacoma.
UP NEXT: Veteran lefty J.A. Happ makes his first start as a Mariner in Sunday’s game against Cincinnati in Goodyear. All-Star closer Fernando Rodney is also scheduled to make his spring debut.
The Reds list right-hander Jason Marquis as their starter.