PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle recorded 17 hits en route to a 13-3 win over the San Diego Padres in the Cactus League opener at Peoria Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Seattle used a balanced attack as 6 players drove in at least 1 run, 10 players scored a run and 11 different batters collected a hit. Overall, Seattle collected 8 extra-base hits, including 7 doubles and 1 home run. Center fielder Guillermo Heredia led the Mariners with 3 hits, while shortstop Shawn O’Malley, third baseman Tyler Smith, first baseman Daniel Vogelbach and first baseman D.J. Peterson each recorded 2 of the Mariners 17 hits.
Designated-Hitter Nelson Cruz’s 3-run home run in the first inning, scoring shortstop Jean Segura and second baseman Robinson Canó gave the Mariners an early 3-0 lead.
Seattle took a 4-3 lead with one run in the fifth inning as left fielder Jarrod Dyson led off the inning with a walk, and after stealing second base scored on an RBI single by Segura.
Seattle continued its scoring with a four-run sixth inning. Third baseman Tyler Smith led off the inning on an infield single and after moving to second on a passed ball scored on a RBI single by Vogelbach. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and Heredia had back-to-back RBI doubles in the innings. Heredia scored the fourth run of the inning from third base on a double steal with shortstop Shawn O’Malley.
The Mariners scored with 3 additional runs in the top of the 7th inning and capped off their scoring with 2 runs in the 9th inning. Smith, Peterson and Heredia each had RBI singles in the 3-run 7th inning. Heredia recorded his 3rd hit and 3rd RBI of the game with a two-out double down the right field line. He scored the team’s final run as left fielder Tyler O’Neill reached base safely on a fielding error by Padres left fielder Rafael Ortega.
Left-hander Ariel Miranda, making his first start of the spring, tossed 2.0 shutout innings and faced just one batter over the minimum. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber earned the win, allowing 3 runs over fourth and fifth innings. Relievers Casey Fien (1.0), James Pazos (1.0), Cody Martin (2.0) and Shae Simmons (1.0) combined to allow 1 hit over 5.0 innings. Pazos, Martin and Simmons retired the final 12 batters in orders, striking out 2, to secure the win. Overall the pitching staff limited the Padres to only 7 hits, while striking out 5 and not allowing a walk over 9.0 innings.
The Mariners (1-0) and Padres (0-1) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, February 26) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Chris Heston is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Padres right-hander Zach Lee.