Mariners 5, Padres 4
Jason Vargas was pleased with his spring training debut
The Mariners’ left-hander threw four perfect innings against the
San Diego Padres and left after 50 pitches, leading the Mariners to
a 5-4 win.
”I was around the zone. I was throwing the ball pretty much in
the areas I was trying to throw it in so, it’s getting work but at
the same time, it’s getting outs,” Vargas said.
He’d hoped to get to 60 pitches, but didn’t need to do so.
The Padres, playing their spring training opener, committed
three errors and had reliever Luke Gregerson allow two runs and
four hits in an inning.
Jesus Montero doubled in a run off Gregerson in the fifth and
Kyle Seager, the lead candidate to play third base if the Mariners
open the season with leadoff man Chone Figgins in center field,
singled and scored in the inning.
Seager finished with three hits, including a solo home run in
the first inning off Padres starter Anthony Bass.
”He looks good. He’s in great shape, he’s stronger, he’s moving
around well,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Seager, who
played third in 42 of 53 games last season in Seattle and hit
”That experience he gained at the big league level last year
has really helped him as well as so many other of our young
Bass, a long relief or fifth starter candidate for San Diego,
pitched two innings, and the only hit he allowed was the home
”I thought my fastball command was really good,” Bass said.
”I was locating inside and outside.”
The Mariners led 4-0 going into the ninth inning, but
right-hander Jarrett Grube gave up three runs on two singles, a
walk and a double.
With two outs and pinch-runner Cory Spangenberg on second,
Seattle shortstop Nick Franklin lost a pop fly in the sun that
dropped for an error and allowed the tying run to score.
The Mariners needed only two hitters to win in the bottom of the
inning, however, as Mike Wilson singled and Johermyn Chavez doubled
to left-center to score Wilson.
Notes: Padres LHP Clayton Richard threw 40 pitches in a
two-inning simulated game Sunday and reported no issues with his
left shoulder, which needed season-ending arthroscopic surgery in
July. He’s scheduled to start Friday’s spring training game. …
The Padres elevated June first-round draft choice Spangenberg, a
second baseman, to the major league roster with injuries to
infielders Jason Bartlett and Logan Forsythe. … Brad Davis
started at catcher for the Padres after John Baker was sent home
due to illness. … Mariners closer Brandon League pitched a
scoreless inning, and including intrasquad games, has not been
scored on in three spring innings. … The Mariners and Padres face
each other again Monday with San Diego as the home team, and RHP
Hisashi Iwakuma is slated to start against Padres RHP Dustin