The Seattle Mariners continued their strong Spring Training showing on Saturday, playing an afternoon and a night split squad game and picking up a win and a tie. Their Cactus League record now stands at 7-2.
The Mariners squads recorded 11 hits in each game. In the afternoon, the Mariners took on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seattle took an early 2-0 lead but fell behind 5-2 after a four-run Dodgers sixth. The M's tied it up with three runs in the top of the eighth inning and the game ended in a 5-5 tie after nine. Chone Figgins once again batted in the leadoff spot in this one and went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He is now hitting just .188 in Spring Training. Kyle Seager had a two-hit game that in included a home run and two RBI. Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI and is now batting .333 in the third slot in the lineup.
In the nightcap, the Mariners took on the Arizona Diamondbacks and this time scored enough runs on their 11 hits to easily pull off the 7-1 win. Seattle pitching was superb as the Mariners held the Diamondbacks to just five hits and one run. Starter Erasmo Ramirez pitched three innings, giving up no runs, no walks and two hits while striking out one. The Mariners plated two runs in each of the first two innings and that would end up proving more than enough to pick up the win. Munenori Kawasaki and Mike Carp each had three-hit games. Kawasaki was 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot with 3 RBI. Jesus Montero had a double and Darren Ford legged out a triple.
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