Casper Wells came up huge during the Seattle Mariners' 10th straight Spring Training win Monday (March 4). The Mariners' offense exploded for 16 runs on 16 hits, improving their record to 10-1 this spring. Two more home runs were added, but it was Wells who broke out of his slump in a big way.
On the day, Wells went 3-for-4 from the plate with five RBIs and three runs scored. He had a double and a triple as well, raising his batting average to .227 this spring. His timely hitting really helped the Mariners in the middle innings and spurred on several big innings for the team.
The Mariners scored six runs in the fourth inning and followed that up with five runs in the fifth inning to really put it away. Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager hit their first home runs in Peoria this year and six Mariners posted at least two hits. That included Wells, Eric Thames, and Carlos Peguero. Those are three of the players competing just to make one of the final roster spots.
Ibanez raised his batting average to .538 this spring, scoring three runs and showing that the front office may have made a really good move bringing him in. In addition to the 16 hits, the Mariners also walked 6 times, helping the team to stretch out some of the innings.
Jon Garland started the game for the Mariners, going two shutout innings, but allowing four baserunners. Taijuan Walker relieved him and after throwing a perfect third inning ran into some trouble in the fourth inning. He left some pitchers up and it led to three runs off four hits and three walks in the inning. Walker also got bailed out by Kelly Shoppach throwing out Eric Young trying to steal second base.
Tom Wilhelmsen, Lucas Luetge, Carter Capps, and Yoervis Medina all pitched a shutout inning of relief later in the game. Then there was Stephen Pryor, who did strike out to hitters, but who also gave up a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
This was another great day for the offense, helping the Mariners win yet another game in Arizona. The team now gets a day off from playing before taking the filed against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday (March 6) at 12:05 p.m.
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