Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 37
Saturday, March 28, 2015 / 9 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Catcher Mike Zunino hit a pair of home runs, but the Seattle Mariners let a late lead slip away allowing 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning in a 9-8 loss to the San Francisco Giants Saturday afternoon in front 11,173 fans at Peoria Stadium.
The Mariners have dropped four straight games to fall to 10-14-2 in Cactus League play.
Seattle led 8-4 entering the 9th inning, before the Giants scored 5 runs off relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (1-2). Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson hit a game-tying 2-run triple and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Mark Lowe.
Zunino hit solo home runs to lead off the 2nd and 6th innings, giving him a team-leading 6 home runs this spring. Zunino also recorded a multi-homer game March 20 at Texas.
Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma allowed 5 hits and 4 runs in 5.0 innings. The Right-hander struck out 4 batters and walked a pair in his third Cactus League start.
The Mariners erased an early 1-0 Giants lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Robinson Canó drove in a run on a double to left field and Nelson Cruz put the Mariners ahead with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Zunino led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with the first of his two home runs to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead. After the Giants retook the lead on a 3-run home run by Justin Maxwell, Seattle answered right back with a 3-run inning of its own. Kyle Seager tied the game with a solo home run to right field to open the frame, and run-scoring singles by Willie Bloomquist and Justin Ruggiano followed to extend the lead.
Hit it Hard
Mike Zunino homered twice in today’s game, his fifth and sixth longballs of the spring. It was also his second two-homer game this spring (also: March 20 at Texas in Surprise). Mike’s six homers trail only Kris Bryant (Chicago-NL) this spring.
Who Is The Mariners Opening Day Starter?
Looking For Mariners Autographs? Come to Arizona:
Spring Training is pretty laid back for the players and staff and that gives fans an opportunity to get up close to their favorite Mariners. Every day, Mariners personnel stop to sign autographs and today was no different as Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager both took time to sign for fans.
Opening Day Thoughts:
MLB.com’s Greg Johns chatted with Manager Lloyd McClendon about what will be his 35th Opening Day and how special those are to start the year. On Sunday, Greg will check in with Felix Hernandez to chat about making another Opening Day start for the Mariners. Be on the lookout at Mariners.com to watch the full interviews when they get posted.
The Mariners had another nice crowd today in Peoria, drawing 11,173 for the Giants game. That brought the spring total to 114,605, an average of 8,816 in the 13 games played so far. The 114,605 is already the most fans Seattle has drawn to spring since drawing 120,358 to 15 games in 2010. At this pace, Seattle will close out the spring with an attendance of over 141,000 fans; the club’s all-time spring attendance mark was set in 2002 when 145,146 came to 15 games in Peoria.