Mariners recap: Homers from Haniger, Seager, and France not enough

PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners looks on (France, Haniger). (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners looks on (France, Haniger). (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
Mitch Haniger of the Mariners homers (France, Seager).
PEORIA, ARIZONA – MARCH 04: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run (France, Seager). (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

The Mariners faced off against the Colorado Rockies yesterday and the Mariners bats stayed hot. After putting up eight runs in the previous game against the Chicago Cubs, the Mariners scored nine yesterday, thanks to back-to-back-to-back home runs from Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager, and Ty France.

The Mariners offense, starring Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager, and Ty France

The Mariners put up nine runs on the board with 11 hits. Seven of those hits came from the starting lineup:

  1. Crawford
  2. Haniger
  3. Seager
  4. France
  5. Murphy
  6. White
  7. Trammell
  8. Travis
  9. Bishop

Haniger, Seager, and France were the big stars of the game after hitting three home runs in a row. Mitch hit a big three-run home run over the left-field wall, with a nice stare down as the cherry on top. Kyle Seager decided to join the party and hit a deep homer over the right-field wall. And lastly, Ty France hit a beautiful line-drive home run over the left-field wall (it got out in a hurry).

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The rest of the offense had an okay day. J.P. Crawford got a hit, as well as Tom Murphy, Sam Travis, and Braden Bishop.

Julio Rodriguez came in for Mitch Haniger and finished 0 for 2 with a walk (I guess we can’t see a J-Rod hit every game).

We also saw hits from Jose Godoy, Jose Mamolejos, and Dillon Thomas, who are all trying to make a name for themselves.

The Seattle Mariners were also aggressive on the base paths, as promised by the 2021 coaching staff. Taylor Trammell stole second base after walking. J-Rod and Jack Reinheimer also stole a base.

The Mariners pitching was good and bad

Justus Sheffield started on the bump and he pitched two scoreless innings. Sheffield struck out one batter and allowed two hits (one single and one double). This is a great start to Sheffield’s Spring and I am excited to see how his next couple of starts go. Justus was also able to watch his brother pitch for the Rockies.

After Sheffield, Kendall Graveman came in and threw a scoreless inning. Graveman walked one batter.

Besides Sheffield and Graveman, the rest of the relief core was not impressive at all. Keynan Middleton came in after Kendall and gave up two hits, and a run. He gave up a double to catcher Elias Diaz, and then a single to Brendan Rodgers which scored Diaz.

What was even more unsettling was Will Vest’s outing. The Rule 5 draft pick is someone I am excited to see more of, but he gave up three earned runs in the fifth inning. He gave up a single, a ground-rule double, another double, a walk, and a single.

Additionally, Anthony Misiewicz gave up a solo home run to prospect Brendan Rodgers.

Casey Sadler, Brady Lail, and Paul Sewald also pitched an inning. Sadler threw a scoreless inning but allowed two hits. Lail and Sewald also allowed two hits, but they weren’t able to get out of trouble.

Lail let in a run, and Sewald allowed a two-run home run after giving up a leadoff single. But, Sewald struck out three batters in a row to finish the game.

Overall impression

In the end, we hit well and scored enough runs. But at the same time, we played the “B” team Rockies, so we should have scored a lot of runs in the first place and we should not have given up nine runs.

The Mariners are now 1-1-2. Today, Seattle will be playing the stacked Chicago White Sox at 12:05 Pacific Time.

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