Seattle Mariners news from Saturday (March 2) includes home runs by Mike Zunino and Franklin Gutierrez in a Spring Training win over the LA Dodgers. The Mariners won the game 9-5 while continuing to showcase a pretty potent offense down in Arizona. With this win, the Mariners have now improved to 8-1 in Spring Training.
Gutierrez was batting leadoff for the Mariners as he went 2-for-3 with 4 RBIs and a run scored. He also hit his third home run of the spring in the third inning off of Chris Capuano. Zunino also hit a home run in that third inning and finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate. As a team the Mariners pounded out 12 more hits, winning yet another game with the bats.
Hisashi Iwakuma was the starting pitcher against the Dodgers, going two innings while giving up one run and striking out two batters. He was relieved by Jeremy Bonderman, who gave up two runs in his two innings of work. Bonderman would end up getting the win because the offense really came through when he was on the mound. The staff allowed five runs on 11 hits and three walks, which wasn't all that great, but at least the hitters made up for the pitching mistakes.
This became the eighth straight win for the Seattle Mariners in Spring Training and the team now has a Major League leading 20 home runs so far. That is a very impressive output that fans surely hope will continue into the regular season.
Next up for the Mariners are the Texas Rangers on Sunday (March 3), when Joe Saunders will get his first spring start for the team. Game time is 12:05 p.m. PT.
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