Iannetta Drives in 4, Sardiñas Hits Grand Slam
PEORIA, Ariz. –Chris Iannetta and Luis Sardiñas equaled the most RBI by a Mariners player this spring with 4 RBI apiece, but it was not enough in a 13-12 loss to Oakland before 10,014 on a clear night at Peoria Stadium. Sardiñas collected his 4 RBI on the Mariners first grand slam of Spring Training action.
Oakland wasted little time in taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on three straight singles and a Mariners fielding error.
The Mariners quickly captured the lead in the bottom of the first. Norichika Aoki laced a doubled into the right-center field gap, and Ketel Marte followed with a frozen-rope single back up the middle. With two outs in the inning, Chris Iannetta delivered a two-run double into the right field corner. Seth Smith drove in the go-ahead run with his 2nd triple of the spring, as the Mariners went in front, 3-2.
The Athletics scored 3 runs in the top of the second – all with two outs – to go back up, 5-3.
Aoki began a two-out rally in the bottom of the second as he singled to left and later scored on Kyle Seager’s single to bring the Mariners within one run of the Athletics, 5-4. With the bases loaded and two outs, Iannetta once again came through in the clutch, sending a single to right field to bring home two runs and give the Mariners a 6-5 lead. Seattle extended the lead to 7-5 on a run-scoring single from Smith.
Oakland tallied 4 runs in the top of the third to take a 9-7 lead over Seattle. The majority of the damage was credited to Jake Smolinski’s 3-run home run.
With the bases loaded and no out in the bottom of the fifth, Sardiñas belted a grand slam down the left field line, his 2nd home run of the spring and the Mariners first grand slam in Cactus League action. Sardiñas’ grand slam gave the Mariners an 11-9 advantage.
In the top of the sixth, the Athletics sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 4 runs on 4 hits to take a 13-11 lead. The Mariners answered back with 1 run in the bottom of the seventh, as Dae-Ho Lee scored on an RBI groundout, but the 13-12 Oakland advantage would be the final tally.
Iannetta was 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 4 RBI and 1 walk in the ballgame. Iannetta is now batting .346 (9×26) with 9 RBI on the spring. Smith finished 2-for-3 with 1 run scored, 1 triple and 2 RBI to raise his batting average to .556 (15×27) in 11 games this spring.
Making his 5th start of the spring, Nathan Karns allowed 9 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks in 2.1 innings pitched. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless top of the eighth, striking out 3 batters.
The Mariners (10-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 24) at 1:10 pm against the Colorado Rockies Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Taijuan Walker is scheduled to face Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed).
ATHLETICS 2 3 4 0 0 4 0 0 0 – 13 14 1
MARINERS 3 4 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 – 12 13 2
W – Surkamp (1-1); L – Peralta (0-1); SV – Brasier (1)
OAK – Hahn, Castro (2), Hendriks (4), Surkamp (5), Brasier (9) and Phegley, Maxwell (5)
SEA – Karns, Nuño (3), Benoit (5), Peralta (6), Coleman (6), Cishek (8), Parker (9) and Iannetta, Brantly (7)
Home Runs – OAK: Smolinski (1); SEA: Sardiñas (2)
Attendance – 10,014 Time – 3:45