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March 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Mariners beat Brewers, 7-4

Another pretty solid day for the Mariners, in what so far has been a spring of optimism as Seattle beat Milwaukee 7-4 to improve to 9-3-1.
Of course, this being the spring, there are always caveats — the Mariners got just one hit and struck out five times against Milwaukee starter Zach Grienke. They blew the game open with five runs and four hits against Mark Rogers and Mike McClendon in the ninth.
Still, manager Eric Wedge said he liked much of what he saw, especially the pitching of starter Hector Noesi (one run, one walk, three hits in three innings) and the hitting of some of the younger players in that ninth, including Michael Saunders, whose double off the wall in left scored two. Saunders went 2-4 and is now hitting .409.
“We did a good job putting them (at-bats) together and doing what they are supposed to do,” he said.
Of Saunders, Wedge said:; “He’s been very impressive this spring, spraying the ball all over the place, driving the ball all over the place. He plays a real good outfield for us and is pretty good on the base paths.”
The only negative of the inning was a swinging strikeout by Carlos Peguero. “We’re trying to get Peguero to shorten up a little bit,” Wedge said. “He’s still trying to do too much up there but he’s working on it.”
As for Noesi, he gave up a homerun on a 3-2 changeup to Travis Ishikawa that he said stayed up. But Wedge said “he was good again. He’s moving his fastball around, using all of his pitches. He’s really composed out there. He keeps the ball down for the most part. He’s still learning, but you have to like the way he’s pitching and the way he carries himself.”
As for Wednesday’s schedule, Jason Vargas will start today in a Minor League game in the afternoon to keep him on his regular rotation while Kevin Millwood will start the regular game against the Royals in Peoria at 7:05 p.m.
You can see more of what Wedge said below:

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And because at least one of you asked, here’s some video from the press box of what is a tradition of Brewers’ home games, the Sausage Race:

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