PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning and held on for a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox before a crowd of 6,252 on Tuesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. James Paxton held the White Sox in check, scattering 1 run and 3 hits over 4.0 innings pitched. Mitch Haniger and Tyler Smith jumpstarted the Mariners offense, posting 2 extra-base hits apiece.
Seattle sent 10 men to the plate in the 1st beginning with consecutive base hits from Leonys Martin, Haniger and Kyle Seager to plate the Mariners first run of the game. Daniel Vogelbach and Mike Zunino followed with back-to-back one-out walks to force home another run. Guillermo Heredia drove in the 3rd run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Seager. Smith then hit an RBI ground-rule double to the base of the wall in left-center field to bring home Vogelbach from 2nd base with the Mariners fourth run of the inning.
The White Sox got a run back in the top of the 3rd on a solo home run, making it 4-1 in favor of the Mariners.
After missing a home run by just a couple feet in his first at-bat, Smith belted a three-run homer onto the berm beyond left field in the bottom of the 3rd to extend the Mariners lead to 7-1. Zunino started the frame with a double down the left field line and Heredia followed with a single before Smith connected for his second home run of the spring.
Chicago cut the Mariners lead to 7-3 with a two-run home run in the top of the 6th. The White Sox followed up with 3 runs in the 7th, as the first three batters reached base on a single, a triple and a double, trimming the Mariners lead to 7-6.
Haniger finished the day 3-for-4 with 1 run, 1 double and 1 triple. He is now batting.444 (16×36) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 6 RBI in 12 Cactus League games this spring. Smith went 2-for-3 with 1 run, 1 double, 1 home run and 4 RBI and is now batting .344 (11×32) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 8 RBI in 16 games this spring.
In his third Cactus League outing, second start, Paxton allowed 1 run on 3 hits over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out 4 and did not walk a batter. Paxton began his start with three groundball outs in the top of the 1st. He worked around a one-out single in the 2nd, getting a fly out and a strikeout to end the inning. In the 3rd, Paxton allowed a one-out solo home run before coming back with a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning. Paxton capped his outing with an inning-ending double play in the top of the 4th.
Making his 4th Cactus League appearance, Dan Altavilla entered the game in relief of Paxton in the 5th inning and tossed a scoreless inning, stranding two base runners. Nick Vincent allowed a two-run home run in the 6th, his lone inning of work. Dillon Overton tossed 2.0 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits while striking out 4. James Pazos fanned 2 in a scoreless 9th inning for his 2nd save of the spring.
The Mariners (11-7) return to Cactus League play to face the Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow (March 15) at 1:10 pm at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast (delayed) in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, as well as available live via Mariners.com. It will also be broadcast live in HD on ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Right-handed pitcher Chris Heston is scheduled to make his fourth Cactus League appearance, third start, for the Mariners against Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
WHITE SOX 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 – 6 11 0
MARINERS 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 x – 7 12 1
W – Paxton (1-0); L – Giolito (2-1); SV – Pazos (2)
CWS – Giolito, Beck (1), Purke (3), Burdi (5), Bummer (6), Kahnle (7), Guaipe (8) and Smith, Gonzalez (6)
SEA – Paxton, Altavilla (5), Vincent (6), Overton (7), Pazos (9) and Zunino, Gosewisch (7)
Home Runs – CWS: Sanchez (1), E. Cabrera (1); SEA: Smith (2)
Attendance – 6,252 Time – 3:17