The Mariners jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Felix Hernandez couldn’t hold the Giants down in his fourth and final inning of work. The Giants scored twice off Hernandez to take the lead for good, then went on to pad their totals against the bullpen duo of Tom Wilhelmsen and Shawn Kelley.
That figures. A day after I write that Wilhelmsen and Kelley could be counted on late if some bullpen veterans aren’t ready, the pair gave up their first earned runs of the spring.
Wilhelmsen gave up consecutive singles to start the fifth inning, while two stolen bases put runners at second and third with none out. One run scored on an Angel Pagan groundout and then a Melky Cabrera single brought the next run home.
Kelley came on in the eighth inning and gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced, Hector Sanchez, on a 2-2 pitch. That made it a 7-4 game. Trayvon Robinson went deep in the ninth inning for Seatte to round out the scoring.
Not much else to discuss, other than the continued hitting of Michael Saunders, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and upped his spring batting average to .389. Vinnie Catricala added anoter double on a 2-for-4 day and is hitting .333.
Kyle Seager went hitless today but is still batting .300.
Hernandez said he felt OK afterwards and is on-track to begin the season. Asked about the cuts of young prospects Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton today, Hernandez said he was impressed by all three as well as Erasmo Ramirez, who is still here.
Hernandez said Walker most reminded him of himself when he was younger — largely because he is 19 the way Hernandez was when he made his debut and also because he throws hard and strikes hitters out.