Monday, March 28, 2016 / 7 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS VS. ROYALS RECAP
The Mariners won their 5th straight game, their longest spring winning streak since a 10-game streak in 2013, en route to a 6-4 Cactus League win over the Kansas City Royals, before a crowd of 6,097 on Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.
Seattle fell behind 3-0 after three innings, but got the game close in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Nelson Cruz led off with a deep home run to left-center field, his fourth of the spring, and the Mariners manufactured an unearned run, capped off by an RBI single by Leonys Martin to drop the deficit to one.
Robinson Canó, who hit three home runs yesterday, hit his 7th home run of the spring to tie things up at 4-4 in the 5th inning, before Seattle took the lead on a bases loaded single to left field by Ketel Marte.
After the Royals tied the game in the 6th, second baseman Brock Hebert hit an opposite field, two-out, two-run home run to right field that scored Chris Iannetta (who walked) with the deciding runs.
Nathan Karns, who was named the Mariners fifth starter this morning, tossed 6.0 effective innings while striking out five and allowing no walks. He allowed four total runs, but only two were earned. The right-hander tossed a personal spring-high in innings this afternoon and his strikeout total was his second-best this spring.
Relievers Joaquin Benoit (7th), Vidal Nuño (8th) and Joel Peralta (9th) each tossed a shutout inning as they allowed just one hit over the final three frames. Benoit was credited with his first win of the spring, and Peralta with his first save.
Nathan Karns strikes out Alex Gordon looking for the first out in the top of the 1st inning
Nelson Cruz smacks a solo shot to left field, cutting the Mariners’ deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning
Leonys Martin hits an RBI single to right field, scoring Chris Iannetta in the bottom of the 4th inning
Ketel Marte hits an RBI single to left field, giving the Mariners a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning
Leon Landry makes an outstanding diving catch in center field to rob Clint Barmes of a hit in the top of the 7th inning
CACTUS LEAGUE REPORT
The Cactus League Report will be live from 6-8 pm (AZ time) tonight from the Salty Señorita in Peoria. Tune in to 710 ESPN in the Seattle area tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT as hosts Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer visit with Wade Miley, Joel Peralta, Shawn O’Malley and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.
MARINERS ROSTER MOVES
Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Dipoto announced a series of roster moves today. James Paxton, Chris Taylor and Stefen Romero were optioned to AAA Tacoma. Jesus Montero was claimed off waivers by Toronto.
REMEMBERING VICTOR SANCHEZ
Felix Hernandez sits next to Victor Sanchez’s jersey prior to a Spring Training game last season. (credit: Augusto Cardenas)
One year ago today, the Mariners lost a member of the family when Venezuelan prospect Victor Sanchez passed away. Sanchez was just 20 years old.
Mayckol Guaipe is honoring Sanchez, his friend and former teammate, by wearing Sanchez’s number 48 this season. Read more from MLB.com’s Greg Johns.
DANNY, DAVE & MOORE ARRIVE IN CAMP
710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny O’Neil, Dave Wyman and Jim Moore arrived at Spring Training camp today and will broadcast their show live from Peoria this week. Stay tuned over the coming days to hear from Nelson Cruz, Steve Cishek, Nathan Karns and other Mariners.