Mariners Game Recap: M’s Extend Winning Streak to 3 Games

brianhelberg
Mar 25, 2016; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) makes a play on a ball hit by Chicago White Sox center fielder Austin Jackson (not pictured) during the third inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (15) makes a play on a ball hit by Chicago White Sox center fielder Austin Jackson (not pictured) during the third inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit

6. 71. 7. 62. Final

The Seattle Mariners extended their wining streak to three games on Saturday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Seattle Mariners (13-12-2) bested the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-11-3) 7-6 on Saturday afternoon in Peoria, AZ. Tony Zych (1-0, 4.70 ERA) was credited with his first win of the spring for Seattle, and Matt West (0-1, 5.87 ERA) was saddled with the loss for the visitors. Steve Cishek allowed a pair of runs to score in the ninth, but shut the door in time to earn the save.

Wade Miley got the ball for the Mariners this afternoon, and the veteran lefty turned in a solid outing against the Dodgers. Miley allowed 3 runs on 8 hits through 6 innings of work. He fanned 5 and issued 1 free pass. This was Miley’s longest start of the spring, as he hurled 89 pitches in the no-decision. This is kind of performance is exactly what M’s fans can expect from Miley this season. He was certainly hittable, but ultimately he kept them in the game.

More from Mariners News

The Mariners got the scoring started early on Saturday, plating a pair of runs in the opening frame. Ketel Marte led off the game with a double. Kyle Seager proceeded to yank a ground ball into the right field corner. Marte scored easily on the play, and Seags ended up on third base. Stefen Romero scored later in the inning Seager on a ground out.

The most exciting play of the spring for the Mariners was Ketel Marte’s inside-the-park home run in the home half of the fifth inning. Marte drove a high fly ball deep to center field. Trayce Thompson was there in time to make the play, but the ball bounced violently off his glove. Marte turned on the jets and hustled around the bases, sliding safely across home plate. Following his feet first slide, Marte lay exhausted on the field.

Seth Smith has been remarkable this spring for the Mariners, but he entered today’s game with zero home runs in Cactus League play. That changed in a big way during the sixth inning. Smitty connected on a solo home run to right field that was the definition of a no-doubter. Smith finished 2 for 3 on the day, and raised his spring average to .559.

Tony Zych took over for Miley in the seventh inning. The 24-year-old right-hander entered the game with a 1-run lead, but he was unable to preserve the slim edge. Jacob Scavuzzo led off the frame with a home run, but Zych was able to set down the next three Dodgers he faced in order.

Seager put the M’s back in front in the bottom of the seventh inning. Leonys Martin and Tyler Smith came through with back-to-back singles to start the seventh. Seags dug in and laced a line drive into the right field corner that scored a pair of runs to give the Mariners a 6-4 lead. Seager finished 3 for 4 with 3 RBI this afternoon.

More from SoDo Mojo

Mike Montgomery has transitioned into a full-time reliever, and he was called on to work the eighth inning for Seattle. Monty breezed through the frame, retiring the side in order. Montgomery figures to serve as a lefty specialist this season with Seattle.

Dae-ho Lee has had a strong spring with the Mariners, and he led off the eighth by doubling to center field. A couple batters later, Dan Robertson extended the M’s lead with an RBI ground out. Seattle took a commanding 7-4 lead into the ninth inning.

Steve Cishek was asked to work the top of the ninth for the Mariners, and the M’s closer gave fans flashbacks of the Fernando Rodney experience. Cishek walked the leadoff man, gave up an RBI triple to Charlie Culberson and an RBI single Scavuzzo. That shrunk the M’s lead to just one run, but Cishek recovered in time to get the job done.

Next: How are the Mariners Top Prospects Faring this Spring?

Looking ahead, the Seattle Mariners (13-12-2) will travel to Mesa, AZ on Sunday afternoon to take on the Chicago Cubs (8-16). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm from Sloan Park. James Paxton (1-1, 9.00 ERA) will get another opportunity to stake his claim on the final spot in the M’s starting rotation. Jason Hammel (2-0, 1.20 ERA) will be on the bump for the Cubbies tomorrow. MLB.tv subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices, and fans in the Pacific Northwest can listen to the game on 710 ESPN.

facebooktwitterreddit