The Seattle Mariners received a nice start from Blake Beavan and a home run by Jason Bay on the way to an 8-6 win on Saturday (Feb. 23). Beavan got the start in the second spring game for the Mariners, pitching two scoreless innings, striking out one batter and walking none. He picked up the win, possibly showing that he is ready to take over as the No. 4 or No. 5 pitcher in the starting rotation.
Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen each saw action for the first time this spring as each pitcher threw a scoreless inning in relief. The bullpen did really well until the ninth inning, when Jhonny Nunez allowed five runs to come across. Up till that point the entire staff had looked really good for the Mariners.
On offense, the Mariners had three home runs, with Bay, Justin Smoak, and Mike Jacobs each going deep. In his first Spring Training game for the Mariners minor league catcher John Hicks went 2-for-2 with a run scored. He came into relieve the newly acquired Kelly Shoppach part way through the game.
After losing the opener, the Seattle Mariners are now 1-1 this spring. The team has one more game against the San Diego Padres on Sunday (Feb. 24) before they start playing other teams around Arizona.
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