Well, it couldn’t last forever. The Mariners blew a 6-3 lead after five and fell 7-6 to the Brewers, despite hitting two more homers.
“We hit the ball good today, but we didn’t do a very good job with runners in scoring position,” manager Eric Wedge said.
The M’s were 2-for-8 with RISP.
BREWERS EIGHTH: After tying the game with three in the seventh, the Brewers just went ahead 7-6 on Cole Garner’s homer off Charlie Furbush. Garner wears No. 95.
Erasmo Ramirez turned in a strong outing, going three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
While the writers went down to talk to Blake Beavan, as is the custom in spring training games (because the starter showers and leaves, so it’s your only chance), the Mariners scored four in the fifth. The big hit was a two-run homer by Kendrys Morales. Coupled with the earlier homer by Morse, the Mariners now have multiple homers in nine straight games, and 10 out of 12. They have 26 homers total. You can say it’s just Arizona, but the Brewers have hit only eight homers — counting their two today off Blake Beavan. 6-3 Mariners
MILWAUKEE FIFTH: For the third time in five innings, Rickie Week got a two-out single, but Ramirez wasbailed out by a vintage Gutierrez catch as he glides over to left-center to haul in gapper by Khris Davis, ending fifth. Still 3-2 Milwaukee.
SEATTLE FOURTH: The Mariners waited longer than they have in awhile to play long ball, but on the first pitch of the fourth, Michael Morse crushed a homer to left-center. The Brewers outfielders didn’t even move. Jason Bay followed with a single, but that was it. 3-2 Brewers.
MILWAUKEE FOURTH: Ramirez erased a one-out walk by getting a double-play ball. He struck out the first batter he faced. 3-1 Brewers.
MARINERS THIRD: They finally got on the board but it was hardly a stirring rally. Catricala drew a one-out walk, and Ryan got the Mariners first hit on a routine fly that the left-fielder lost in the sun. Catricala moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Gutierrez’s force out. Ackley then struck out. 3-1 Brewers.
BREWERS THIRD: Beavan was roughed up with two outs, giving up three straight hits, including a two-run homer by Khris Davis. In become the first Mariner pitcher to work three innings, Beavan gave up six hits and three runs. He struck out three and didn’t walk any. 3-0 Brewers.
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners go down in order again. That’s no way to prep for tomorrow’s Cactus League showdown with undefeated KC. 1-0 Brewers.
BREWERS SECOND: Beavan struck out the first two and was one strike away from fanning the side when Hunter Morris homered to right. Beavan came bacak to get a popup to end the inning. 1-0 Brewers.
MARINERS FIRST: The Mariners went down 1-2-3 against Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers, with leadoff man Franklin Gutierrez striking out.
BREWERS FIRST: Two quick outs for Beavan before a bloop single by Rickie Weeks. Another hit put runners on second and third but Beavan struck out Logan Schafer on a slow curve. 0-0.
A couple of guys vying for spots in the Mariner rotation, Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez, will work today. The Brewers are without Ryan Braun, who is with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. In fact, the only mainstay on hand is Rickie Weeks.