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March 5, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Mariners lose 6-5; still 0-for-spring

The offense looked a little better today, despite scoring just one run over the final seven innings and once again leaving a truckload of runners (nine, to be exact) on base. Chicago stranded 10 runners, so it wasn’t the best-pitched game, despite bright spots on both sides.
Jose Guillen got on with a one-out single in the ninth against Rocky Cherry. Guillen was replaced by pinch-runner Adam Jones, who never made it to second base as Bryan LaHair struck out and Tony Torcatto grounded out to first base to end the game.
Seattle is now 0-5 in Cactus League action, 0-6 this spring if you count last Thursday’s charity game. The record doesn’t look good and manager Mike Hargrove knows it. But he insists the team remains on-track to where he wants it to be come April.
“I don’t want to minimize the fact that we’ve lost five games, four of them by one run,” he said. “But the fact is, that the past couple of games our pitching has let us down. But the previous three games, they pitched very well. So, we’ll get it together. The good thing is, everybody’s getting their swings. We’re putting on good at-bats. Defensively, we’re playing well…it’s still the first week of games in spring training. It’s still very, very early.”
Jeremy Reed was the offensive star for Seattle, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. The big story for the Cubs was the 1-2-3 outing by Kerry Wood, who topped out at 96 mph on the radar gun.

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