It’s a final as the Mariners pound out 16 hits (including two more homers) and crush the Rockies, 16-6, for their 10th straight win. They are now 10-1 in Cactus League play. Five RBIs for Casper Wells (single, double, triple) and three-run homer for Kyle Seager. Raul Ibanez also homered. Kelly Shoppach drove in three.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Casper Wells added to his great day with a run-scoring double, giving him five RBIs for the day with a single, double and triple. He might have one crack at the cycle in the eighth. Earlier in the inning, Carlos Peguero went the other way and lined a double off the wall in left-center. He’s 2-for-2 today. It’s 16-5 Mariners.
Sorry, we all went down to talk to Taijuan Walker and Jon Garland and thus the Mariners’ uprising — six runs (all unearned) in the fourth, with the big hit a three-run triple by Casper Wells, and five more in the fifth, with Kyle Seager crushing a three-run homer (watched it on the TV monitor in the clubhouse). That’s Seager’s first of the spring, No. 24 for the Mariners, and their eight straight multi-homer game. Seager is the 16th different player to homer. It’s now 14-=3 Mariners in the top of the sixth.
TOP FOURTH: A very rough inning for Walker, who couldn’t get his breaking stuff over the plate early in the inning, then couldn’t get anything over. All told, he gave up a homer (to Nolan Arenado), three singles and three walks as Colorado scored three to tie the game, 3-3.
BOTTOM OF THIRD: The Mariners waited until the third to get their home-run vibe going. Raul Ibanez launched a line drive over the wall in right for his second homer of spring, and the 23rd for the Mariners in Game 11. 3-0 Mariners.
TOP THIRD: Taijuan Walker comes in and doesn’t take long to put down the Rockies in the third. Hitting 95 mph with his fastball, Walker needed just nine pitches to retire the Rockies in order. 2-0 Mariners.
TOP SECOND: Garland wiggles out of trouble again after giving up a leadoff double to Tyler Colvin. With runners on the corners, he got Eric Young to ground out to end the inning. Big out was strikeout of Henry Wrigley. 2-0 Mariners
BOTTOM FIRST: The Mariners racked up two runs, helped by a pair of one-out walks by hard-throwing but erratic Rockies starter Juan Nicasio. Justin Smoak struck out, but Casper Wells singled for one run and Eric Thames doubled in another.
TOP FIRST: The Rockies got two aboard with one out on a walk and single, but Garland worked out of it very nicely with two easy grounders converted to force outs.
Jon Garland continues his comeback from shoulder surgery with his second start of spring. For him and Jeremy Bonderman, also coming back from arm troubles, it’s going to be interesting to see how they respond to the grind of pitching regularly. If their arms hold up, they could contend legitimately for a spot in the rotation.
The Mariners have won nine games in a row since losing their opener against San Diego in the annual charity game. A few people remember when that game didn’t count in the Cactus League standings, but it now is an “official” game.
The Mariners have 22 homers in 10 games to lead all teams. Seattle’s crack PR staff points out that they have hit multiple homers in seven consecutive games, which would equal the Mariners’ regular-season record for consecutive multi-homer games. That occurred Sept. 18-26, 1995, as they surged to an eventual division title.
The Rockies’ DH today is Henry Wrigley, who might, if he has great career, have a stadium named after him one day.