Mariners offense goes wild in Massive Spring Training Win over Cincinnati Reds

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If you missed the first few innings of the Mariners Spring Training Game against the Reds on March 23rd... well, you weren't alone. I wasn't able to listen (I coach in the Spring), but it sounded like the game was neither broadcast on TV or on radio. It's too bad, as the Mariners offense exploded early, going for 15 runs in the first 4 innings against the Reds.

It seemed like every minute or two my phone was buzzing to tell me that the Mariners had scored again. More often than not, it seemed to be Julio Rodriguez's name popping up on my screen. He would finish 3-3, with a walk, two doubles, and a homer, driving in three runs. He wasn't the only one to make a return from the World Baseball Classic with a vengeance.

The Mariners dominated the Reds, and a former Mariners prospect, in a 17-6 win

Eugenio Suarez and Teoscar Hernandez had great games as well. Geno would go 2-4 with a HR, Teo went 2-4 with a HR as well. All in all, the three returnees went 7-11 with 3 HR, 8 RBI, and 6 runs scored. I feel somewhat confident in saying we are going to see a few games like that this season where it comes together for those 3 and the Mariners end up with the final score looking like it belongs across the street at Lumen Field instead.

There is another important facet to this game, and it surrounds the man who took the mound for the Reds. Every Mariners fan should know his name, as it was one of the players traded away in the deal for Eugenio Suarez last offseason. Brandon Williamson. I feel bad for the guy, because the Mariners absolutely shelled him. He lasted just 2.2 IP, giving up eight hits, walking three, and allowing nine ER.

It wasn't just those three Mariners I mentioned earlier that had good games, either. Tom Murphy would join in on the fun with a HR of his own. Newly signed AJ Pollock would stitch together a multi-hit game, and Sam Haggerty would do both, with a multi-hit game and his first homer of the preseason.

It was a great day for the Mariners offense, and a welcome sign of hopeful things to come. With the season less than a week away, it's time to start getting antsy. Mariners regular season baseball is almost here.