PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle got solid starts from Felix Hernandez (vs. OAK) and Andrew Moore (at LAD), but were swept in home/road split-squad action against Oakland at Peoria Stadium and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. The Mariners are now 6-4 in their first eight Cactus League games.
In the home game at Peoria Stadium, Seattle rallied twice in the final two frames, but fell short, losing 5-4 to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,639.
Down 5-3 in the eighth inning, Seattle rallied in the bottom half of the frame. D.J. Peterson led off the inning with his first home run of the spring, a sky-high fly to left field that cut the lead to one run. Walks by Tuffy Gosewisch and Rayder Ascanio put runners on first and second with one out, but the next two batters were retired to end the threat. In the ninth inning, Seattle once again put runners on first and second with the help of two Oakland errors, but Peterson and Tuffy Gosewisch struck out to close out the game.
After falling behind by two runs in the first inning, Seattle got one run back in the second inning on a one-out triple to right-center by Boog Powell, and an RBI groundout by Shawn O’Malley. Seattle then took the lead in the third inning as Guillermo Heredia stroked a one-out double down the left field line and came around to score on a Daniel Vogelbach double to left-center. Vogelbach then scored on a single to left by catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Right-hander Felix Hernandez tossed a spring-high 3.0 innings in his final Cactus League start before joining Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic. He allowed two two-out runs in the first inning, but then settled down to retired six of the next seven batters over the next two frames. Evan Scribner entered in relief in the fourth inning and retired the side in order. Right-hander Chase De Jong, who was acquired in a trade earlier in the week, was touched for two runs (one earned) in the fifth inning before getting through the sixth unscathed. Reliever James Pazos tossed his third scoreless outing of the spring, retiring the side in order in the seventh, and now has 3.0 scoreless innings in Cactus League play. Thyago Vieira allowed a solitary run in the eighth inning to cap the scoring for Oakland. Casey Fien tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
ATHLETICS 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 – 5 9 2
MARINERS 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 4 8 2
W – Ross Detwiler (1-0); L – De Jong (0-1); SV – Bracewell (1)
OAK – Cotton, Coulombe (3), Detwiler (4), Axford (5), Triggs (6), Puk (8), Bracewell (9) and Vogt, Maxwell (5)
SEA – Hernandez, Scribner (4), De Jong (5), Pazos (7), Vieira (8), Fein (9) and Ruiz, Gosewisch (6)
Home Runs – OAK: None; SEA: Peterson (1).
Attendance – 6,639 Time – 3:10
In the road game, Seattle gave up five unearned runs and lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, before a crowd of 8,240 on Sunday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.
In his first start of the spring – 2nd appearance overall – Andrew Moore blanked the Dodgers in two innings pitched. He erased a one-out hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the 1st with a crisp around-the-horn double play and worked around a one-out single in the 2nd with a strikeout and a pop-out. Edwin Diaz came on in relief and retired the side in order in the bottom of the 3rd, striking out one, in his 2nd outing of the spring.
The Dodgers got on the board first with Yasiel Puig’s solo home run off Pat Venditte in the bottom of the 4th. Los Angeles added a run in the bottom of the 5th against Dean Kiekhefer on a wild pitch.
Seattle came back with three runs in the top of the 6th to take a 3-2 lead. After Taylor Motter doubled leading off the inning, Mike Zunino drew a two-out walk – his 2nd free pass of the day – and Kyle Waldrop belted a three-run home run to right field. It was Waldrop’s first home run of the spring.
Micah Owings took the loss, allowing the Dodgers to retake the lead with two unearned runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Dodgers tacked on three runs in the 7th against Jonathan Aro. Making his 2nd appearance of the spring, Dylan Unsworth worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 8th, striking out two.
MARINERS 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 – 3 5 3
DODGERS 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 0 x – 7 9 0
W – Ravin (1-0); L – Owings (0-1); SV – None
SEA – Moore, DÍaz (3), Venditte (4), Kiekhefer (5), Owings (6), Aro (7), Unsworth (8) and Baron, Ashley (6)
LAD – UrÍas, Romo (3), Sierra (4), Ravin (6), Sborz (7), Itsler (9) and Barnes, Murphy (7)
Home Runs – SEA: Waldrop (1); LAD: Puig (1).
Attendance – 8,240 Time – 2:32