In Oakland, Stefen Romero goes 3-for-5 and Logan Morrison hits second spring home run.
SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners were swept in a split-squad doubleheader Saturday, losing 6-5 to the Oakland A’s, and 4-3 to the Colorado Rockies.
At Colorado, Seattle got strong starting pitching from rookie Roenis Elias, collected 13 hits – including a home run from Justin Smoak and a pair of doubles from hot-hitting shortstop Brad Miller – and two hits from Mike Zunino but failed to capitalize on opportunities and lost 4-3 to the Colorado Rockies in front of a sellout crowd of 12,540 at Salt River Fields on a walk-off double that was lost in the sun by minor league center fielder Aaron Barbosa with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
At Oakland, Stefen Romero went 3-for-5 with a double and Logan Morrison hit his second home run, but the Seattle Mariners dropped a 6-5 Cactus League game to the Oakland A’s at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Roenis Elias, bidding to join the starting rotation, allowed a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 4th inning vs. the Rockies, but was otherwise very sharp. He left with a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning. Elias allowed 2 earned runs on 4 hits in 5.1 innings of work, while striking out 4.
Shortstop Brad Miller was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of doubles. He is now hitting .467 this spring.
Seattle jumped to a 1-0 on Justin Smoak’s solo home run off Colorado starter Brett Anderson to lead off the second inning. The Mariners added a second run when Mike Zunino’s two-out double scored Miller in the third inning. After Wilin Rosario tied the game at 2-2 with his two-run homer in the fourth inning, Seattle moved back ahead 3-2 on Miller’s two-out RBI double in the sixth.
Dominic Leone allowed an inherited runner to score in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, and Charlie Furbush (0-1) took the loss when a fly ball to center field was lost in the sun, allowing Colorado to score the winning run in the ninth.
Oakland designated hitter Stephen Vogt went 2-for-4 with a pair of 2-run home runs to lead the A’s to the victory.
Mariners starter Scott Baker was roughed up for 7 hits and 6 runs in 4.0 innings versus the A’s. The right-hander walked 6 batters and did not record a strikeout. Relief pitchers Hector Noesi (3.0 IP, 2 H) and Lucas Luetge (1.0 IP) did not allow a run over the final 4.0 innings.
The Mariners struck early with a pair of runs in the first inning. The first four batters reached safely, with a leadoff double from Endy Chavez, and singles from Nick Franklin (RBI), Romero and Morrison (RBI).
Oakland jumped to a 4-2 lead with 2 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings off Baker. Vogt drilled a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning to break a 2-2 tie.
Seattle fought back with three runs in the 5th inning to grab a 5-4 lead. Franklin scored on an infield single by Romero, and Morrison cleared the bases with a towering home run to right field (2nd home run of the spring).
The A’s answered right back with two more runs in the 5th to retake a 6-5 lead, with Vogt clubbing his second homer of the game.
The Mariners (15-9-3) return to Cactus League action tomorrow with a home game vs. the Oakland Athletics at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm). LH Randy Wolf (0-0, 4.15) will make his fifth spring start against A’s RH Josh Lindblom (0-2, 4.09). The game will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers calling the action.
Minor League Game:
Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor pitched in a Triple-A game (Tacoma) this afternoon vs. the Padres Triple-A affiliate (El Paso).
• Walker allowed 1 run on 2 hits in 1.0 inning of work (15 pitches, 10 strikes).
• Pryor threw a perfect inning with 1 strikeout (11 pitches, 7 strikes).
LINESCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
MARINERS 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 - 5 10 0
ATHLETICS 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 x - 6 9 1
WP: Otero (1-0) LP: Baker (1-1) SV: Leon (1)
SEA – Baker, Noesi (5), Luetge (8) and Buck
OAK – Kazmir, Otero (5), Savery (6), Leon (7) and Norris, Gimenez (7)
Home Runs – SEA: Morrison (2); OAK: Vogt -2 (2,3)
Attendance – 7,250 Time – 2:50
LINESCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
MARINERS 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 3 13 0
ROCKIES 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 - 4 9 0
WP: Chad Bettis (2-0) LP: Charlie Furbush (0-1) SV: None
SEA – Elias, Wilhelmsen (6), Beimel (7), Leone (8), Furbush (9) and Quintero.
COL – Anderson, Hawkins (7), Lopez (8), Bettis (9) and Rosario, Williams (7).
Home Runs – SEA: Smoak (2); COL: Rosario (2)
Attendance – 12,084 Time – 2:36