Felix Hernandez Posts 6.0 Scoreless Innings
PEORIA, Ariz. – Leonys Martín connected on a 1-0 pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning for a solo home run to right field, sending the Mariners past the White Sox, 5-4, in front of 9,527 at Peoria Stadium. Felix Hernandez blanked the White Sox for 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits while striking out 3. Dan Altavilla earned the win in relief to improve to 2-0 this spring.
For the 4th straight game, the Mariners scored in the first inning. Norichika Aoki led off with a single up the middle and scored on Adam Lind’s sacrifice fly to right field. Kyle Seager scored on a fielding error with two outs in the inning to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
In his 3rd start of the spring, Hernandez allowed at least one base hit in each of the first 4 innings, but came away unscathed each time. Hernandez did not walk a batter and retired the last 8 White Sox batters he faced, two on strikeouts.
Making his first appearance since March 15, Justin De Fratus allowed a grand slam home run to Austin Jackson – his second home run of the spring – in the top of the seventh as the White Sox took a 4-2 lead.
Tony Zych worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, recording 2 strikeouts to bring his total to 13 strikeouts this spring.
With the Mariners trailing the White Sox, 4-2, Robinson Canó doubled to right field to begin the bottom of the ninth. Nelson Cruz evened the score at 4-4 with a towering home run to left-center field – his 3rd home run in Cactus League play – sending the game to extra innings.
With one out in the 10th, Martín belted the walk-off home run to complete the late-inning comeback.
The Mariners (12-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Saturday, March 26) at 1:10 pm against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Peoria Stadium. Left-hander Wade Miley is scheduled to face Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised on ROOT SPORTS.
WHITE SOX 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 – 4 7 1
MARINERS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 – 5 5 0
W – Altavilla (2-0); L – Turner (0-3); SV – None
CWS – Quintana, Jones (7), Turner (8) and Navarro, Sanchez (7)
SEA – Hernandez, De Fratus (7), Parker (7), Zych (9), Altavilla (10) and Iannetta, Brantly (10)
Home Runs – CWS: Jackson (2); SEA: Cruz (3), Martín (2)
Attendance – 9,527 Time – 3:06