Still a 15-0 game as we head to the bottom of the sixth inning. The Mariners have pulled Brandon Maurer after his five scoreless frames. He allowed six hits, struck out seven, walked a batter and lowered his spring ERA to 0.90.
The Mariners pulled him because his pitch count had already reached 90. He’s been sitting quite a while between innings and I imagine they didn’t want to send him back out there for just a partial inning and risk messing with his arm.
3:04 p.m.: Mercy rule time, here, folks. Only the Mariners are showing no mercy to the home team this afternoon. Jesus Montero just put the Mariners up by a couple of touchdowns in the fifth inning, hitting a mammoth grand slam homer to left off Wilkin De La Rosa. We then had Jason Bay double and Casper Wells single to make it a 15-0 game.
About the only worry here is that it’s been an awfully long time since Brandon Maurer took the mound. He’s got to be feeling a bit cold. Let’s see how he does.
2:53 p.m.: Brandon Maurer is through the fourth inning, allowing one more hit, and now has a 10-0 lead after the Mariners pounded and finally chased starter Homer Bailey from the game. Seattle scored four ties in the fourth, starting with the Michael Saunders homer, then a bases-loaded walk drawn by Jesus Montero, an RBI single by Jason Bay and a sacrifice fly by Casper Wells.
Maurer has five strikeouts and has allowed one walk in his four innings thus far.
2:42 p.m.: Michael Saunders just went deep to right to open the fourth inning and give the Mariners a 7-0 lead on Homer Bailey and the Reds. Saunders also got a three-run first inning going for Seattle with a single, followed one hit later by a two-run double from Justin Smoak.
Then, in the second inning, he launched a ground-rule double as the Mariners went on to score three more times. So, he’s a triple away from the cycle and he’s got some jets.
Brandon Maurer has given up his share of hits so far — four in three innings — but he’s managed to buckle down with runners on base and keep them from scoring. He had a little help from Casper Wells in left field as Jack Hannahan doubled to the left field corner in the second inning. Wells fielded the ball, made a strong relay to Brendan Ryan, who then nabbed Ryan Ludwick at the plate.
12:37 p.m.: The Arizona portion of the Mariners’ spring schedule has less than a week to go and that means Brandon Maurer today will make his final start in Cactus League action today against the Reds in Goodyears, Ariz. Maurer is still in the running along with Jeremy Bonderman and Blake Beavan for a spot in the Seattle starting rotation.
He is also scheduled to pitch for the Mariners against the Colorado Rockies in Salt Lake City next Saturday.
Jesus Montero is back in the lineup today.
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