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The Mariners came away with another dominant win over the Padres thanks largely in part to the Friars. Seattle rode 6 walks in the 3rd inning alone to picking up 6 runs and putting the game out of reach before capping off a 13-2 win. San Diego ended up giving away 14 free passes and managed to hit a batter allowing the Mariners to do minimal work for maximized gain in their 2nd spring training win at the Cactus League.
Nelson Cruz provided the only real offensive fireworks today and seems to be in regular season form already with his solo bomb, Cruz’s second of the spring, in the bottom of the 2nd:
Cruz also was the beneficiary of one of the many Padres walks today and got an RBI bases loaded walk for himself. Third baseman Mike Freeman also supplied some offense with an RBI double in the bottom of the 4th:
Freeman got in on the action as well in the 3rd with an RBI single:
Between Freeman and Cruz’s bats and the Padres pitching ineptness the game was decided in the 3rd inning. That didn’t stop left fielder Guillermo Heredia from putting in the effort to make a nice defensive play in the top of the 5th.
Manager Scott Servais enjoyed the win and spent time joking around with reporters about getting Nelson Cruz to save some of those homers for the regular season:
Next up for the Mariners is a matchup with the Royals of Kansas City at Peoria Stadium. Seattle sends Yovani Gallardo to the mound for the first time this year. First pitch is 12:10PM. The next Mariners game of the Spring that will be on 102.9/750 The Game comes your way Monday, March 6th against division rival Texas at 7:00PM.
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