March 28, 2014, PEORIA, Ariz. (ISN) – Minor league infielder Tyler Smith hit a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the 9th inning and Nate Tenbrink delivered a walk-off single to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday night in Cactus League exhibition play at Peoria Stadium.
The Mariners trailed 2-0 and were limited to 4 hits in the first innings before storming back for their 18th Cactus League victory. John Buck led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error by Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge. Smith, who was the Mariners 8th round pick out of Oregon State last June, lined a double down the left field line to score pinch-runner John Hicks and Endy Chavez. After an intentional walk to Stefen Romero, Tenbrink lined a one-out single into right field for the game-winner.
Smith, who was the 2013 Appalachian League MVP for the Pulaski Mariners, is batting .571 (8×14) with 9 runs scored, one double, one triple, one home run and 6 RBI in 13 Cactus League games. Center fielder Abraham Almonte (1×2), second baseman Robinson Cano (1×3, 2B), third baseman Kyle Seager (1×3) and designated hitter Logan Morrison (1×3) also recorded hits.
Starting pitcher Roenis Elias made his final Cactus League start in preparation for his Major League debut next Thursday vs. the A’s in Oakland. The left-hander allowed a pair of runs, striking out 5 and walking 2 in 5.0 innings. Relief pitchers Yoervis Medina (2.0 IP, 3 K), Fernando Rodney (1.0 IP, H, BB) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0 IP, BB) held the Rockies scoreless the rest of the way.
The Rockies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd inning. After a leadoff triple by pitcher Tyler Chatwood, a two-out double by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and single by left fielder Carlos Gonzalez put the Rockies up 2-0. Chatwood left the game for a pinch-runner with a strained left hamstring and cramping.
The Mariners (18-11-3) close out Cactus League play tomorrow with a 12:10 pm game vs. the Rockies at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. RH Chris Young will make his first start in a Mariners uniform, after signing as a free agent Thursday. The Rockies will start left-hander Franklin Morales (3-1, 2.21). The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS and broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle.
LINESCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
ROCKIES 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 2 8 1
MARINERS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 – 3 6 0
WP: Wilhelmsen (2-0) LP: Corpas (0-1) SV: None
COL – Chatwood, Lopez (3), Kahnle (5), Bettis (7), Ottavino (8), Corpas (9) and Rosario, Williams (7)
SEA – Elias, Medina (6), Rodney (8), Wilhelmsen (9) and Zunino, Buck (8)
Home Runs – SEA: None; COL: None
Attendance – 9,466 Time – 2:45