PEORIA, Ariz. – The Mariners played to a Cactus League draw for the second consecutive game, tying the Colorado Rockies, 5-5, in the Mariners spring home finale at Peoria Stadium before a crowd of 7,822 on Friday night.
Jean Segura led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with 3 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 walk and 1 stolen base. Robinson Canó drove in 2 runs, while Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each plated 1 run. Making his 4th appearance, 3rd start, of the spring, James Paxton blanked the Rockies in 3.0 innings pitched. He scattered 3 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1.
The Mariners jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Rockies in the bottom of the 1st inning. Segura led off with a triple into the right-field corner and later scored on a RBI-groundout from Canó. Cruz then brought home Mitch Haniger with a single back up the middle.
Seattle tacked on two more runs in the 3rd as Segura, Haniger and Canó each hit one-out singles to plate the first run of the inning, and Seager added a two-out base hit to extend the Mariners lead to 4-0. Segura began another Mariners rally in the 5th as he led off with a double to center field, advanced to 3rd base on a single from Haniger and scored on a wild pitch, as Seattle stretched its lead to 5-0.
The Rockies got on the board with a solo home run in the top of the 6th to cut Seattle’s lead to 5-1. Colorado tallied another run in the following inning on consecutive doubles to make it 5-2 in favor of the Mariners. The Rockies plated 3 unearned runs in the top of the 8th for the final tally of 5-5.
Paxton worked around a leadoff single and a two-out walk in the top of the 1st by striking out 3 Rockies batters. He allowed only a one-out single in the 2nd. Paxton finished his outing by stranding a leadoff double in the 3rd.
Dillon Overton worked 2.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. In his 11th outing of the spring, James Pazos came on in relief in the top of the 6th with the bases loaded and two outs, striking out a pinch-hitter to end the inning. Pazos allowed a run on back-to-back doubles to begin the 7th and struck out the next two batters before being lifted. Marc Rzepczynski walked the only batter he faced in the 8th. Nick Vincent allowed 2 unearned runs in 0.2 innings pitched. Minor leaguer Paul Paez allowed 1 unearned run. Right-hander Jack Anderson, a minor league call-up, tossed 0.2 scoreless innings. Edwin Díaz retired the side in order in the 9th, striking out 1.
The Mariners (19-14-2) will conclude their 41st Spring Training with the 36th game of the Cactus League season tomorrow (April 1) against the Colorado Rockies at 12:10 p.m. at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The game will be broadcast live in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. It will also be televised live in HD on ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo is slated to make his 5th start of the spring for the Mariners opposite Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela. Seattle will open the 2017 season on Monday, April 3 at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros.
ROCKIES 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 – 5 10 0
MARINERS 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 – 5 8 2
W – None; L – None; SV – None
COL – Chatwood, McGee (4), Lyles (5), Oberg (6), Ottavino (7), Holland (8), Wade (9) and Garneau
SEA – Paxton, Overton (4), Pazos (6), Rzepczynski (7), Vincent (7), Paez (8), Anderson (8), Díaz (9) and Ruiz
Home Runs – COL: Story (5); SEA: None
Attendance – 7,822 Time – 3:20