Mariners involved in exciting 9th inning vs Dodgers, but ultimately ends in a 2-2 Tie
After a day off, Mariners fans had to wait a little bit longer than they were used to before seeing/listening to the M's. This was their first evening game so far of the Spring, and they found themselves in a pitching duel against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With how fast games have been moving this Spring, you would think that a game sitting at 1-0 Dodgers would be moving lightning fast as the 9th inning starts. That wasn't quite the case though. The game finished with a 2:35 time, which is a lot longer than you would expect with how things have been flying along in Peoria.
It started off with a nice outing from Logan Gilbert and was followed up by another nice outing from Emerson Hancock. 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 IP from Logan and two hits, with both walks coming from Hancock. Gott and Murfee followed with an inning a piece, and both looked good. That made it 7 IP of scoreless ball, with just four hits, two walks, and six Ks.
It was very similar on the other side, as the Mariners offense was only able to put together five hits with two walks and striking out seven times through the first eight innings. Then things got interesting.
A walk and back-to-back singles would see the Dodgers go up 1, and enter the top of the 9th with a chance to win. However, the Mariners wouldn't go down quielty, bringing chaos ball back early on in the Spring. Two straight strikeouts saw them down to their last batter. A walk from Rivas was followed by a go-ahead two-run bomb from Alberto Rodriguez. It was great to see from a prospect that hasn't been living up to the fairly lofty expectations that were originally placed upon him.
Unfortunately, with a runner on first and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers would tie it up with an rbi triple. After all that excitement, the game would end at 2-2, since ST games don't go to extras. The Mariners will look to get back in the Win column against Canada today, where we might just see Matt Brash on the mound AGAINST the Mariners.