NINTH INNING GRAND SLAM LIFTS THE MARINERS TO A 9-5 WIN OVER ARIZONA

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Ryan Casteel

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 9th, Ryan Casteel crushed a grand slam home run onto the batter’s eye well beyond center field as the Mariners rallied for 7 runs in the final frame of a 9-5 win over Arizona in front of 13,621 fans on Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields.

 

The 9th inning began with the Mariners trailing the Diamondbacks, 5-2, but Seattle slowly built a rally. Adam Law, Chantz Mack and Joe Rizzo each drew one-out walks to load the bases for Casteel, who connected for his first home run of the spring, to put the Mariners in front, 6-5. Nevin Ashley and Joseph Rosa then followed with consecutive singles before Jay Baum doubled to score both runners. Law capped the Mariners scoring in the inning with an RBI-single to left field to score Baum for the final tally of 9-5. The Mariners sent 12 batters to the plate and scored 7 runs on 6 hits in the last frame.

 

For the fifth consecutive game, the Mariners plated a run in the 1st inning. Jarrod Dyson led off the game with a walk and later scored on a double off the bat of Kyle Seager, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

 

The Diamondbacks quickly evened the score in the bottom of the first as two consecutive base hits and a double play yielded a run to make it a 1-1 ballgame. Arizona tacked on another run in the bottom of the 3rd on a run-scoring single to take a 2-1 lead over the Mariners.

 

Seattle tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the 6th as Taylor Motter and Mike Freeman each singled with one out. After a walk to Guillermo Heredia loaded the bases, Tuffy Gosewisch plated the equalizing run with an RBI-groundout. The Diamondbacks took a 5-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the 8th before the Mariners mounted their comeback in the 9th.

 

In his third Cactus League start – his first since returning from the World Baseball Classic – Yovani Gallardo allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 4.1 innings pitched while walking 3 and striking out 2. Evan Scribner came on in relief of Gallardo in the 5th inning and retired the only 2 batters he faced. Andrew Moore picked up his first Cactus League win of the spring despite allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk in 3.0 innings pitched. Dan Altavilla closed the door in the 9th, striking out the final two batters he faced.

 

The Mariners (13-8) will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second half of a split-squad, day-night doubleheader tonight at 7:05 pm at Camelback Ranch. Left-hander Ariel Miranda will make his 5th appearance, 4th start, of the spring for Seattle opposite Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. The game will be broadcast live in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

MARINERS             1 0 0     0 0 1   0 0 7   –      9    13    1

DIAMONDBACKS    1 0 1     0 0 0   0 3 0   –      5      8    1

W – Moore (1-0); L – Nakaushiro (0-1); SV – None

SEA – Gallardo, Scribner (5), Moore (6), Altavilla (9) and Zunino, Ashley (7)

ARI – Miller, Sides (4), Chafin (5), McFarland (6), Koch (7), Nakaushiro (9), Moya (9) and Mathis, Freeman (7)

Home Runs – SEA: Casteel (1); ARI: None

Attendance – 13,621      Time – 3:24