PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners put up crooked numbers in three of the last four innings to turn a 7-run deficit in the 6th inning into a 1-run game in the 9th, but they were unable to get the equalizing run in the final frame, falling to the Los Angeles Angels, 9-8, before a crowd of 7,141 on Wednesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. The Angels scored in four of the first five innings to jump out to a 7-0 lead and held off the Mariners rally in the later innings.
Jean Segura got the Mariners on the board with a two-run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning. Leonys Martin drew a two-out walk, and Segura followed with his second home run of the spring, cutting the Angels lead to 7-2. Segura went 1-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBI in his 2nd game since returning from the World Baseball Classic.
After the Halos added to their lead with two runs in the 7th, extending their advantage to 9-2. But the Mariners answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Nelson Cruz and Danny Valencia started the rally with back-to-back doubles. With one out, Carlos Ruiz singled to left field to put runners on the corners. A run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Mike Freeman plated the Mariners second run of the inning. Guillermo Heredia drove a two-out double into the left-center field gap to bring home the Mariners 5th run of the afternoon, as the Angels lead shrunk to 9-5.
The Mariners plated three more runs in the 8th to make it a one-run game, 9-8, in favor of the Angels. The 8th inning rally began as Rayder Ascanio reached on an error and Luis Rengifo followed with an RBI-double. Seattle scored another run on an Eric Filia single to right field. After a Ben Gamel double and a Daniel Vogelbach walk, Tyler Smith brought home the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Making his 1st Cactus League start, 6th appearance overall, Cody Martin allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (2 home runs) over 2.2 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 1. Minor league call-up Darin Gillies allowed a run-scoring double to the first batter he faced in the top of the 3rd but capped the scoring there. After issuing a walk to begin the 4th inning, Gillies got the next two outs before giving way to Nick Vincent, who allowed a solo home run in 1.1 innings pitched. Marc Rzepczynski worked a scoreless 6th inning, his 6th consecutive scoreless outing this spring. James Pazos gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 in 1.2 innings. Jean Machi got the final out of the 8th and fired a 1-2-3 top of the 9th.
The Mariners (15-11) return to Cactus League play to face the San Francisco Giants tomorrow (March 23) at 6:05 pm at Scottsdale Stadium. The game will be broadcast live in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-hander Felix Hernandez (1-0) will make his 3rd Cactus League start, his first since returning from the WBC, for the Mariners against Giants left-hander Matt Moore.
ANGELS 1 4 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 – 9 13 2
MARINERS 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 0 – 8 9 0
W – Petit (1-0); L – Martin (1-1); SV – Anderson (1)
LAA – Petit, Morin (4), Yates (6), Holland (7), Guerra (8), Anderson (9) and Sanchez, Briceno (9)
SEA – Martin, Gillies (3), Vincent (4), Rzepczynski (6), Pazos (7), Machi (8) and Ruiz, Baron (8)
Home Runs – LAA: Revere (1), Young Jr. (2), Marte (3); SEA: Segura (2)
Attendance – 7,141 Time – 3:21