Seattle Mariners news continues to be good at Spring Training. Justin Smoak hit his second home run this spring and the Mariners came back to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Feb. 26. In addition to the blast by Smoak, the Mariners also received back-to-back home runs from Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders in the third inning of the game.
Down 4-3 heading into the eighth inning, Carlos Peguero doubled in Eric Thames and then scored on the two-run homer by Smoak. Danny Farquhar closed the door with a perfect ninth inning and the Mariners moved to 4-1 early in Spring Training.
Hisashi Iwakuma got the start in this one, facing just three batters in his one inning of work. He was spelled by Joe Saunders, who didn't find as much success, giving up two runs on three hits in his one inning. Picking up the win was Carson Smith who pitched a perfect seventh inning to help keep the Mariners in the game.
As for the home runs by the Mariners, the first two came off starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and then the eighth-inning rally was against Brewers closer John Axford. Both guys are pretty good pitchers normally, so it's good to see the Mariners find success against them.
On offense, the Mariners received two more hits from Smoak as he pushed his batting average to .556 this spring and two hits from Kelly Shoppach, who is now hitting .600 so far this spring.
Next up for the Seattle Mariners is a game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday (Feb. 27). Danny Hultzen will be making his first start of Spring Training 2013 and he will be going up against Indians starting pitcher Brett Myers at 12:05 p.m. PT.
More Seattle Mariners News: