PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners dropped a Cactus League matchup to the Cleveland Indians, 14-6, in front of 7,645 on Wednesday night at Peoria Stadium. Cleveland plated 5 runs in the 4th, followed by 5 runs in the 6th and eventually 4 runs in the 7th inning.
Making his 2nd Cactus League start, Hisashi Iwakuma worked 2.0 scoreless innings, striking out two. Iwakuma allowed a one-out walk in the top of the 1st, but came back to strike out Jose Ramirez and get a groundball out from Edwin Encarnacion. In the bottom of the 2nd, he allowed a leadoff double to Bradley Zimmer but stranded him at 2nd base.
Kyle Seager went 2-for-3, with a double and a walk. He is now batting .333 (6×18) with 2 doubles this spring.
The Mariners got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the 5th, cutting Cleveland’s lead to 5-3. Carlos Ruiz led off the inning with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Ian Miller. After Taylor Motter walked, Miller and Motter executed a double-steal. Mike Freeman’s RBI-groundout brought home Miller, and Leonys Martin’s single to left field plated Motter. Jarrod Dyson scored the Mariners third and final run of the inning, coming home from 2nd base on a Cleveland throwing error.
Daniel Vogelbach keyed a two-run bottom of the 6th for the Mariners, drawing a lead-off walk, followed by a double to the base of the left field wall off the bat of Mitch Haniger. Pinch-runner Braden Bishop later scored on an RBI-groundout from Tuffy Gosewisch, and pinch-runner Ben Gamel came around to score on a Mike Freeman RBI-single, bringing the score to 10-5 at the end of the 6th. Seattle added its final tally in the bottom of the 9th on an RBI-single by Zach Shank, scoring Tyler Smith after he led off the inning with a double.
Ariel Miranda retired Cleveland in order in the top of the 3rd, recording two punchouts, in his first relief appearance of the spring. Miranda is slated to make his 4th appearance – 3rd start – on Sunday, March 12 at Los Angeles-AL.
James Pazos took loss to fall to 0-1 on the spring, allowing five runs (four earned runs) on 4 hits and 2 errors in 1.0 inning pitched. In his 3rd Cactus League appearance, Ryan Weber allowed four runs (zero earned runs) on 2 hits and 1 walk in 1.2 innings of work. Zac Curtis gave up 5 runs on 4 hits, including two home runs, in 0.1 innings. Tyler Herb tossed 1.0 scoreless inning in relief, striking out two. Casey Fien retired Cleveland in order in the 8th on two strikeouts and lineout. Dean Kiekhefer worked the 9th inning, erasing a leadoff single with a double play and a groundout.
The Mariners (7-5) face the Chicago Cubs as the club returns to Cactus League play tomorrow at 12:05 pm PT/1:05 MT at Sloan Park in Mesa. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle (delayed) and the Mariners Radio Network. Left-handed pitcher James Paxton is slated to make his first Cactus League start, 2nd appearance of the spring, for the Mariners against Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery
INDIANS 0 0 0 5 0 5 4 0 0 – 14 13 3
MARINERS 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 – 6 9 3
W – Carrasco (1-1); L – Pazos (0-1); SV – None
CLE – Carrasco, Allen (4), Shaw (5), Banwart (6), Otero (7), Armstrong (8), Martin (9) and Kratz, Moore (6)
SEA – Iwakuma, Miranda (3), Pazos (4), Weber (5), Curtis (6), Herb (7), Fien (8), Kiekhefer (9) and Ruiz, Gosewisch (6)
Home Runs – CLE: Kratz (1), Ramirez (1), Moore (1); SEA: None.
Attendance – 7,645 Time – 3:23