Nelson Cruz

PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle recorded their second straight victory with a 13-2 win over the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Mariners scored 13 runs between the second and fifth innings to secure the victory.


The Mariners took advantage of 11 base hits and 14 walks. Nine of the Mariners 14 walks came around to score. Overall, Seattle collected 4 extra-base hits, including 3 doubles and 1 home run. Designated-Hitter Nelson Cruz and third baseman Mike Freeman each led the Mariners with 2 hits. Cruz, Freeman, left fielder Tyler O’Neill and catcher Sebastian Valle each drove in 2 of the team’s 13 runs.


For the second consecutive game, designated-hitter Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run to deep left-center field on a full count in the bottom of the first inning to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead.


The Mariners increased the lead to 7-0 in a wild third inning, sending 12 men to the plate. The Mariners scored 6 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks, including bases loaded walks by Cruz, catcher Carlos Ruiz and O’Neill. Freeman and shortstop Shawn O’Malley each recorded bases loaded singles in the inning. Right-fielder Ben Gamel recorded the final RBI in the inning with a groundout.


Seattle continued its scoring with a two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and four additional runs in the fifth inning. Freeman had a RBI double with one out and scored on a RBI groundout by center fielder Guillermo Heredia in the fourth. First baseman Danny Valencia led off the fifth inning with a double to center field and would later score on a wild pitch. The Mariners took advantage of four walks in the inning, including a bases loaded walk by left fielder James Ramsey. Valle capped off the inning with a two-run single.


Right-hander Chris Heston, making his first start of the spring, tossed 2.0 shutout innings and faced the minimum to earn his first win. Relievers Dillon Overton (2.0), Christian Bergman (2.0), Pat Venditte (1.0), Dean Kiekhefer (1.0) and Hagadone (1.0) combined to allow 2 runs on 7 hits over 7.0 innings. Overall the pitching staff limited the Padres to only 8 hits, while striking out 4 and not allowing a walk over 9.0 innings. The Mariners pitchers have not issued a walk over the first 18.0 innings so far this spring.


The Mariners (2-0) face the Kansas City Royals (1-1) as the team returns to Cactus League play tomorrow (Monday, February 27) 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 Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas.

PADRES                          0 0 0       0 1 1     0 0 0     –       2        8      0

MARINERS                     0 1 6       2 4 0     0 0 0     –     13     11      1

W – Heston (1-0); L – Lee (0-1); SV – None

SD – Lee, Kelly (3), Rodriguez (3), Fisher (4), Lamet (5), Magill (5), Stammen (7), Torres (8) and Cruz, Torrens (5)

SEA – Heston, Overton (3), Bergman (5), Venditte (7), Kiekhefer (8), Hagadone (9), and Ruiz, Valle (5), Littlewood (9)

Home Runs – SD: None; SEA: Cruz (2)

Attendance – 4,856            Time – 3:06