In Seattle Mariners Spring Training news from Thursday (March 7), Stefen Romero hit a grand slam and Casper Wells hit a three-run home run to help the Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 12-2. This was the first loss for the Royals this spring and also marked the return of Felix Hernandez to the mound.
Hernandez went two innings in the start, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two batters. He was relieved by Hisashi Iwakuma who pitched three scoreless inning and gave up just one hit to pick up his first win of the spring. Tom Wilhelmsen, Lucas Luetge, Carter Capps, and Stephen Pryor each pitched an inning after that without giving up an earned run.
On offense, the Mariners posted 12 hits and five walks, but it was definitely Romero who shined the most. He finished the game 4-for-5 with four runs scored and seven RBIs. It was definitely the best offensive output that the team has had from one player this spring and it shows why he is one of the most heralded hitter in the system.
Casper Wells added two hits, Kelly Shoppach had two more hits and Kyle Seager scored two runs from the leadoff slot. Getting both hitting and pitching helped the Mariners to improve to 11-2 during Spring Training and certainly showed again that the future could look pretty good if all these top prospects pan out.
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