Seattle Mariners Game Recap: M’s “Cruz” Past Rangers

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Mar 22, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) celebrates with designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) and second baseman Robinson Cano (22) after hitting a three run home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager all combined to pace the M’s offense on Sunday afternoon in Peoria. Following a Cano walk, and a Cruz single, Seager crushed a three-run opposite field home run in the bottom of the first. Cruz hit a three-run homer of his own in the third inning after a Seth Smith walk and a single from Cano. Cruz has now gone deep in consecutive games. All told, the 3, 4, and 5 hitters went 4 for 6 with 2 home runs, 6 RBI’s, and 6 runs scored. Any way you slice it; the heart of the Mariners’ order had a remarkable game.

All three of these gentlemen are having incredible springs thus far. Robby missed some time for personal reasons early in camp, but he is hitting .367 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI’s across 25 at bats. Nelson Cruz signed this winter as a free agent after clubbing a league leading 40 home runs last season with the Baltimore Orioles. Cruz has not disappointed in spring training, and after today’s impressive showing he is hitting .407 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s. Kyle Seager was named an All-Star in 2014 and he has excelled this spring, hitting .407 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, and 8 RBI’s.

The middle of the Mariners’ batting order is considered one of the best in baseball, and hopefully that translates to a World Series title in 2015.

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