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Update: The Mariners have said that Kyle Seager has been out the last few games after jamming his finger sliding into a base in Thursday’s game. They gave him the last two days off.
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE … 03.02.14 Box Score
The hopes and dreams of a perfect record in the Cactus League came to a disappointing end on Sunday in Goodyear. The Indians capitalized on a few Mariners’ mistakes and got a three-run homer from prized shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor in a 6-3 win. It snapped a three-game winning streak.
“Unfortunately, we gave them more than 27 outs today and when you do that most times you are going to lose,” manager Lloyd McClendon said.
The Mariners will look to bounce back tomorrow and start a new streak, but they won’t be at full strength with the squad split for games against the Reds and Rockies. It will be a good measure of the team’s toughness.
Starting pitcher Randy Wolf looked solid in his two innings of work. He allowed a base runner in each inning, but worked out of them without allowing a run.
“I definitely can’t complain,” he said. “Especially early on, I walked that one guy, but I felt like throwing strikes was really important. It was weird being out there, definitely. It’s been a long time. Spring Training games you really don’t have that many nerves, but when you haven’t been out there for 17 months, you realize you miss the game a lot. To be out there and be healthy, not that I ever took it for granted before, but you really appreciate being out here in a Spring Training game, even if it is your first start on March 2.”
The biggest offensive contributor for the Mariners was Dustin Ackley, who blasted a two-run homer off the center field’s batters eye above the yellow line of the wall. It was a hard hit ball. In the seventh inning, Ackley ripped a ground ball through the left side. Ackley has four hits in seven at-bats this season with three extra base hits. Yes, it’s spring. But the results are positive. He didn’t hit much last spring.
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“I see the type of player that he can be,” McClendon said. “I think he’s a slasher that can hit the ball all over the field with some power to center.”
Here’s highlights of Robinson Cano’s groundball RBI in the first inning, Andrew Carraway catching a liner back at him, Corey Hart hitting a double and Lindor’s homer.
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