PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners scored runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to come from behind to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 at Peoria Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The Mariners extended their winning streak to three games and improved to 5-1 in their first six Cactus League games.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz led the team with 2 hits and recorded 1 RBI, while center fielder Boog Powell, right fielder Nelson Cruz, catcher Sebastian Valle and left fielder Guillermo Heredia each drove in at least 1 of the team’s 6 runs. Powell, Cruz, Heredia, center fielder Jarrod Dyson, first baseman Daniel Vogelbach, designated hitter Mitch Haniger, third baseman Taylor Motter, right fielder Ben Gamel, shortstop Tyler Smith and first baseman D.J. Peterson each recorded 1 of the team’s 12 hits.
Trailing 0-1 after the top of the 4th the Mariners scored to tie the game 1-1. Cruz led off the inning with a double to right field. Ben Gamel pinch ran for Cruz and took third on a fly out by Haniger and scored on a RBI single to left field by catcher Carlos Ruiz.
The Mariners took their first lead of the game in the bottom 5th inning. Vogelbach recorded a one-out single to right field. Gamel recorded the go-ahead RBI with a single to right, scoring pinch runner Braden Bishop from third base.
Seattle continued its scoring in the 6th inning to take a 3-1 lead on a RBI single to left-center by Powell scoring Motter. The Mariners tacked on three more runs on two hits in the 7th inning. Valle had a bases loaded walk scoring first baseman D.J. Peterson that increased the lead to 4-1. Two batters later Heredia recorded a bases loaded double to left-center field, scoring Gamel and Haniger.
In four games this spring, Cruz is batting .625 (5×8) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, a 6 RBI and 2 walks. Dyson has hit safely in each of the three games he has appeared, batting .429 (3×7) with 2 runs scored, 2 walks and 1 stolen base. Five of Heredia’s 7 hits this spring have gone for extra-bases, batting .583 (7×12) with 5 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triples, 7 RBI and 1 walk. Heredia (7) and Cruz (6) currently lead the Mariners in RBI this spring.
Left-hander Ariel Miranda, making his second start of the spring, allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk over 3.0 innings, but did not factor into the decision. Relievers Shae Simmons, Nick Hagadone, Dean Kiekhefer and Cody Martin each tossed a scoreless inning, combining to allow only 1 hit, 1 walk and striking out 6 over 4.0 innings. Switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte allowed 1 run on 2 hits in the top of the 8th inning, while right-hander Jonathan Aro tossed a scoreless 9th inning to secure the victory. Overall the pitching staff allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, while striking out 8 and walking 2 over 9.0 innings.
The Mariners (5-1) face the Texas Rangers (1-6) as the team returns to Cactus League play tomorrow (Friday, March 3) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT at Surprise Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start for the Mariners against Rangers right-hander Tyler Wagner.