Mariners Game Recap: M’s Finish Spring Training on a High Note

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Mar 22, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison (20) signs a ball for a fan prior to the game against the Texas Rangers at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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The Seattle Mariners finished their 2015 Cactus League schedule with an exclamation mark, winning 6-3 against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday afternoon in Scottsdale, AZ. Taijuan Walker (4-0, 0.67 ERA) has been nearly perfect this spring, and he notched his 4th victory of spring training this afternoon. Eddie Butler (1-4, 5.29 ERA) was roughed up today, and suffered his 4th loss of the spring. Southpaw James Gillheeney picked up the save after shutting down the Rockies in the bottom of the 9th inning.

The Mariners jumped all over Butler and the Rockies in the top of the 2nd inning. Following a Nelson Cruz fly out, Kyle Seager hit ground ball back through the box into center field for a 1 out single. Logan Morrison clobbered the first pitch he saw deep to center field for a 2 run home run. Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino both singled, and the M’s had runners on the corners with 2 out. Butler was very rattled on the mound, and he committed a balk to extend the Mariners’ lead. Ackley trotted home to score on the miscue, and Seattle took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 2nd.

The Rockies clawed their way back into the game in the bottom half of the 2nd inning. Taijuan Walker committed a rare mistake this afternoon, and 2014 batting champ Justin Morneau took advantage of it. Morneau drilled Walker’s 1-2 offering over the wall in right field to shrink the M’s lead to 3-1.

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The C & C Boys combined to spark the Mariners’ offense in the top of the 3rd inning on Saturday afternoon. All Star second baseman Robinson Cano singled on a line drive to left field. Nelson Cruz ripped a single through the left side of the Rockies infield to put runners on the corners with only 1 out. Kyle Seager laced a 2 run triple down the right field line to give Seattle a 5-1 lead.

The Rockies chipped into the lead once more in the bottom of the 6th inning. Veteran southpaw Charlie Furbush issued back-to-back walks to open the frame. After a double steal put runners on second and third, Jordan Ribera made the score 5-3 by doubling down the left field line.

Youngster Leury Bonilla extended the Mariners’ lead in the top of the 8th inning. Bonilla lined the first pitch of the inning over the fence in left field to give the M’s a 6-3 lead.

The full box score can be found here.

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