Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Seattle Mariners won again in Peoria on Sunday (Feb. 24). The 8-3 victory over the San Diego Padres included 16 hits as the offense appeared to be clicking the entire game. Ibanez, Kyle Seager, Robert Andino, Jesus Montero, and Stefen Romero came through with two hits each in the lop-sided win.
On the pitching side of things, Erasmo Ramirez picked up the win after pitching a strong inning to start the game. Ramirez, along with James Paxton, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Carter Capps, and Josh Kinney each had one inning pitched without allowing an earned run. The pitching staff didn't give up an earned run until the eighth inning when Lucas Luetge let a run get across. The Mariners gave up one more in the ninth inning off of Yoervis Medina.
When it comes to pitchers that are either going to make the team or are in a battle to claim one of the slots, the Mariners have done very well this spring. With the exception of one inning by Hector Noesi and that run off of Luetge on Sunday, the staff has been almost spotless. It's just three games into Spring Training, but this is a great way to show that the pitching staff hasn't lost a step this year.
Through the first three games the offense also has five home runs. Those belong to Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay, Casper Wells, Justin Smoak, and Mike Jacobs
With a 2-1 record so far in Arizona, the Seattle Mariners will now host the Los Angeles Angels on Monday (Feb. 25). Jeremy Bonderman will get his first start for the team and he too will be looking for a good outing to start Spring Training.
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