PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle scored 7 runs over the first two innings en route to an 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday afternoon. The Mariners improved to 3-1 in their first four Cactus League games.
Seattle recorded 14 hits, marking the third time in four games this spring the team has collected at least 10 hits. The Mariners have also homered in each of their first four games this spring. Overall, Seattle collected 5 extra-base hits, including 3 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run and 18 of their 37 hits have gone for extra-bases (14 2B, 3B, 4 HR). Shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Mitch Haniger, left fielder Guillermo Heredia and third baseman Shawn O’Malley each recorded 2 of the Mariners 14 hits.
The Mariners scored four runs in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. With one out, Segura recorded an infield single and after stealing second base scored on a double to right center by designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Right fielder Mitch Haniger hit his first home run of the season with a 3-run bomb to left field on an 0-2 pitch, scoring second baseman Robinson Canó (BB) and Cruz.
The Mariners continued their scoring with an additional three runs on 5 hits in the second innings. Heredia led off the inning with a triple to center field, the first triple by a Seattle player this spring, and scored on a throwing error by White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada. Segura recorded his second hit of the game with a single to right field and scored on a single by Canó. First baseman Daniel Vogelbach capped off the scoring in the inning with a double to right field that scored Canó. O’Malley capped of the Mariners scoring with a RBI single in the 6th inning scoring Heredia, who reached base on a 1-out double to center field.
In his first 3 spring training games this season, Segura is 6-for-8 (.750) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI. Four of Heredia’s five hits have gone for extra-base (3 2B, 3B), going 5-for-9 (.556) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple and 4 RBI and 1 walk in 4 games this spring. Cruz has reached base in 6 of his first 8 plate appearances, going 4-for-6 (.667) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs, 6 RBI and 2 walks in his first 3 games.
Right-hander Felix Hernandez, making his first start of the spring, recorded the win allowing 1 run on 3 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts over 2.0 innings. Relievers Andrew Moore (2.0 IP), James Pazos (1.0 IP), Dylan Unsworth (2.0) and Paul Fry (1.0 IP) and Jean Machi (1.0) combined to allow only 3 hits, 4 walks and strikeout 5 over 7.0 scoreless innings. Overall the pitching staff allowed only 1 run on 6 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 5 over 9.0 innings.
The Mariners (3-1) face the Cleveland Indians as the team returns to Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT at Goodyear Ballpark. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start for the Mariners against Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer.
MARINERS 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 8 14 0
WHITE SOX 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 6 4
W – Felix (1-0); L – Kopech (0-1); SV – None
SEA – Hernandez, Moore (3), Pazos (5), Unsworth (6), Fry (8), Machi (9) and Ruiz, Gosewisch (6)
CWS – Kopech, Beck (2), Volstad (3), Smith (5), Bummer (7), Purke (8), Goldberg (9) and Smith and Collins (6)
Home Runs – SEA: Haniger (1); CWS: None
Attendance – 2,200 Time – 2:40