Staff Writer 102.9 /750 The Game
Peoria — Led by by Mike Zunino’s bat and Drew Smyly’s arm, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 9-o. The win snapped a two-loss skid, and the Mariners improved their Cactus League record to 7-4.
Mike Zunino collected a double and a homer, going 2-for-3 for the game, and Taylor Motter also homered for the Mariners. Meanwhile on the mound, Drew Smyly pitched impressively, throwing three strikeouts in three innings of work and earning the win.
In the bottom of the second inning, Mike Zunino hit his solo home run, driving the ball deep over the outfield berm and putting the Mariners on the scoreboard.
But he didn’t stop there. The Mariners blew the game open in the bottom of the 3rd, starting with a single by Mitch Haniger. With Haniger and Danny Valencia on base, Zunino hit a double, driving in two runs and contributing to a five-run inning to put the game solidly in the Mariners’ control.
Guillermo Heredia continued to contribute defensively, making a diving catch in the top of the 4th inning.
Mariners’ manager Scott Servais spoke about Drew Smyly’s performance with reporters after the game.
Sharp in both of his spring training starts, Drew Smyly will be leaving the Mariners to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Up next, the Mariners will play the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, March 13th. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:55 P.M. here on 102.9/750 The Game.