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March 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma makes Cactus League debut today

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Seattle scored twice more in the third to go up 4-1. Michael Saunders drew a leadoff walk and Dustin Ackley singled through the right side hole to put runners at the corners. Saundrrs scored as Brendan Ryan grounded into a double play. Ichiro then walked, took third on a Justin Smoak single to center and scored on an infield single by Casper Wells.


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12:53 p.m.: Hisashi Iwakuma didn’t get much help from his defense in the first inning, surrendering an unearned run that cuts Seattle’s lead to 2-1. Iwakuma got leadoff man Blake Tekotte to ground to the right side, but Dustin Ackley muffed it for an error. Then, when Tekotte tried to steal second, he was beaten there by Miguel Olivo’s throw. But Brendan Ryan dropped that for an error.
A groundout moved the runner to third and Tekotte then scored on a wild pitch.
Two singles later, the Padres had runners at the corners with one out, but Iwakuma rallied for a strikeout on Mark Kotsay and then a popout on James Darnell.
Iwakuma was taken out after the one inning of work, allowing the unearned run.
12:13 p.m.: Seattle leads 2-0 after Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak opened the top of the first inning with doubles. Ryan took third on an Ichiro flyout and scored on a Justin Smoak groundout to the right side.
11:52 a.m.: We’re almost ready to see Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma make his Cactus League debut this afternoon against the Padres. He’ll pitch the bottom of the first, as the Mariners are technically the road team today.
Once again, for updates, tune in here and on my Twitter feed @gbakermariners.
Chase Headley has been scratched by the Padres at the last minute with back tightness.
The M’s played a B-game earlier this morning, losing 4-1 to the Reds in Goodyear, Ariz.
Taijuan Walker started that game and allowed just a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings while fanning two.
Danny Hultzen followed and was even better, striking out four batters in his two scoreless innings while also allowing a hit and a walk.
Erasmo Ramirez tossed a perfect two innings after that, striking out one.
But James Paxton did not fare as well. He got lit up for three earned runs over 1 2/3 innings, allowing six hits to the 10 batters he faced. The inning was halted with only two out, something you can do in a B-game.
Mauricio Robles gave up the final run allowed by Seattle in his inning of work.
Nick Franklin made two more errors for the Mariners in that game after getting the nod at second base. That’s four errors in two games for him.
Luis Jimenez accounted for the only Seattle run with a solo homer in the fourth inning to give the M’s a 1-0 lead that stood until Paxton got beat up.
Seattle had only three hits total in the game.

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