GLENDALE, Ariz. – In the nightcap of their day/night road/road split squad, the Mariners rode power and pitching to a 5-2 win over Los Angeles (NL) in front of a sold out crowd of 13,094 fans on Friday night at Camelback Ranch. Seattle homered three times off of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, and four pitchers combined to allow just a pair of runs, including six shutout innings from the bullpen.
After falling behind in the bottom of the third on a 2-RBI single by former Mariner Franklin Gutierrez, Seattle tied the score in the top of the 4th as Danny Valencia worked a leadoff walk and Tyler O’Neill followed with a long first-pitch home run to left field. Kershaw had allowed just one run this spring (in 13.0 innings) prior to O’Neill’s 2-run blast.
O’Neill also saved a run in the 6th, throwing Trayce Thompson out at the plate on a perfect throw from left field.
Seattle took its first lead of the game when Leonys Martin drilled an 0-2 pitch for his second homer of the spring leading off the 5th inning. One out later, Valencia hammered his first homer of the spring to nearly exactly the same spot as O’Neill’s homer to boost Seattle to a 4-2 advantage. Valencia’s homer was tracked with an exit velocity of 112 miles per hour.
The Mariners final run came in the 7th as O’Neill beat out an infield hit, advanced to third on a single by Tyler Smith and scored on a 2-out error by the Dodgers.
In his fifth Cactus League appearance – 4th start –Ariel Miranda allowed a pair of runs on 3 hits in 3.0 innings. He struck out 4, including striking out the side in the second inning. Max Povse came on in relief of Miranda in the 4th inning tossed 4.0 shutout innings. Povse allowed his first hit of the spring (in 7+ innings of work) on an infield dribbler by Yasiel Puig, but pitched around minor trouble in the 6th and 7th innings (helped by O’Neill’s play in the 6th). Dean Kiekhefer worked a 1-2-3 8th and Ryan Weber closed the door in the 9th, recording his first save of spring.
In the first game today 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 9th inning in a 9-5 win over Arizona in front of 13,621 fans on Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields. Full recap is attached.
The Mariners (14-8) will face the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at 1:10 pm at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 10.80) will make his 4th start of the spring for Seattle.
MARINERS 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 – 5 11 1
DODGERS 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 2 7 3
W – Povse (1-0); L – Kershaw (1-1); SV – Weber (1)
SEA – Miranda, Povse (4), Kiekhefer (8), Weber (9) and Ruiz, Baron (8)
LAD – Kershaw, Jansen (6), Spitzbarth (6), Stripling (7) and Grandal, Murphy (7)
Home Runs – SEA: O’Neill (1), Martin (2), Valencia (1); LAD: None
Attendance – 13,094 (sellout) Time – 2:59