Mariners Game Recap: Dae-Ho Lee and Kyle Seager Homer in Loss to Diamondbacks

Sep 22, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) connects for a solo home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) connects for a solo home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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James Paxton struggles in his three innings against the Diamondbacks in a high scoring affair.

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The Seattle Mariners (3-3) halted their brief one game winning streak with a 8-10 loss on Monday afternoon to the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-2) in Peoria, AZ.  James Paxton (1-1, 7.20 ERA) with his first loss of the spring today for the Mariners, and Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 11.25 ERA) earned the win for the visiting Diamondbacks.

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In his second outing of the spring on Monday, James Paxton struggled against the Diamondbacks.  A Diamondbacks lineup without Paul Goldschmidt.  In the first inning after giving up a pair of singles, Paxton faced former Mariner Wellington Castillo who hit a two run double.  In his second inning Paxton settled down to pitch a 1-2-3 inning with just seven pitches. The third inning appeared to be the worst that Paxton had for this outing as he gave up 4 more hits including a two run home run to Wellington Castillo. The 27 year old southpaw is in the thick of the competition for the last rotation spot with Nate Karns and did not help himself with this outing.

Donn Roach replaced Paxton in the 4th inning. The 26-year-old right-hander was the victim of a catch error by Adam Lind that started a bad inning.  Before the inning was over Roach gave up 4 runs.  Nick Ahmed had an RBI single, Brandon Drury a 2-run home run, and Wellington Castillo closed the scoring in the 4th with a 2-run double.  Roach went out on the mound in the 5th inning but couldn’t finish it.  He yielded 2 more runs on a Nick Ahmed double to bring the Diamondback total to 10 runs.

Mayckol Guaipe came into the game with one out in the fifth inning and quickly put down the rally with a strikeout and a ground out.  He proceeded to notch two 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh.  David Rollins replaced Guaipe and  gave up a single in the eighth inning but was able to pitch out of the small jam.  Emilio Pagan pitched the 9th and faced just 3 batters.  He gave up a walk but was able to get a double play ball to get out of the inning.

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The Mariners hitters couldn’t overcome the Castillo show, but they held their own.  Ketel Marte, Robinson Cano, and Steven Romero each went 2 for 3 this afternoon.  Kyle Seager and Dae-ho Lee each homered.  The Mariners started their scoring in the second inning as Steven Romero singled and Steve Clevenger and Efren Navarro each walked to load the bases.  Boog Powell cleared the bases with a single to right field.  The right fielder David Peralta misplayed the ball and Powell ended up at second base and the Mariners had 3 runs.

Kyle Seager smashed a 2-run home run in the 5th on a line drive to right center field scoring Benji Gonzalez who ran for Ketel Marte after he singled.  In the 6th inning Dario Pizziano singled and scored on a triple by Daniel Robertson.  In the 8th inning Dae-ho Lee clubbed a no doubter over the berm in left field for his first home run for the Mariners.    Before the Mariner 8th was over, Shawn O’Malley singled and was driven in by a Tyler O’Neill single to left field.

Stefen Romero .625/.667/1.000 and Shawn O’Malley .500/.583/.500 continue to make a case for themselves in Cactus League play.  They are getting base hits and getting on base.   Romero went 2 for 3 and O’Malley went 1 for 1 with a single and a walk.

It was also a breath of fresh air to see that when the Mariners were down 10-4, they did not give up.  They put up 8 total runs and left two runners on in the 9th inning.  Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

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The Seattle Mariners (3-3) will travel to Goodyear on Tuesday to play the Cleveland Indians (1-4). First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 pm PT from Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, AZ. Nate Karns (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start of the spring for Seattle, and Trevor Bauer (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will get the ball for Cleveland. Tomorrow’s game will be televised on MLB.tv. There will be a radio broadcast on 710 ESPN but it will be delayed.