Brandon Maurer continues to make Seattle Mariners news in Spring Training. On Tuesday (March 19) Maurer pitched the Mariners to a win over the San Francisco Giants. Maurer went five strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He also struck out four batters, showing that yet again he may actually be ready to take a spot in the starting rotation by Opening Day.
In 15 innings during Spring Training, Maurer has allowed only two runs on 13 hits. That works out to a 1.20 ERA to go along with a 1.20 WHIP and 15 total strikeouts. Those are some of the best pitching numbers on the staff this spring and it is no surprise that the front office has begun considering him a candidate to join the rotation.
On offense, Kendrys Morales hit his fifth home run of the spring and now has a batting average of .366. Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, and Nick Franklin each had two hits, with Franklin also driving in two runs from the No. 9 slot in the batting order. The combination of Franklin at second base and Brad Miller at shortstop looked pretty good against the Giants and shows what Mariners fans might be looking forward to very soon.
Tom Wilhelmsen had a tough night, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in just one inning of work. Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, and Kameron Loe each pitched scoreless innings to keep the Giants at bay though. The Mariners ended up winning the game 6-3 and now boast a Spring Training record of 17-7.
The team now gets a day off from competition before resuming the schedule on Thursday (March 21) against the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 p.m. PT.
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