This wasn't the outing Mariners starter Blake Beavan was looking for with the regular season just over a week away.
PEORIA, Ariz. — This wasn’t the outing Mariners starter Blake Beavan was looking for with the regular season just over a week away.
Beavan had his worst start this spring Saturday in a 10-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians, giving up nine runs — eight earned — on 16 hits over 5-1/3 innings. The unearned run scored on a wild pitch by Beavan, who also gave up home runs to Cord Phelps and Jason Giambi in his bid to land one of two open spots at the back of the Mariners’ rotation.
“It was just one of those days,” Beavan said. “But at the same time I was just having trouble getting the ball down today. Whether it was a good or bad pitch, when I got ahead I just couldn’t put them away, which is usually not a problem.”
Beavan admitted he was trying to rush his pitches at times, which threw off their location. He did get his pitch count up to 100, which was important.
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Mariners manager Eric Wedge was quick to say one outing won’t decide whether a pitcher wins or loses a spot.
“You evaluate everything, the good days and the not-so-good days,” Wedge said. “You figure out why, you have the conversations you need to have … but we assess everything really in its entirety. Talk about the entire spring, their path to get here and where they are right now.”
Wedge added: “We got him up to 100 pitches, which we needed to do.”
Mariners catcher Jesus Montero was sporting a nasty, egg-sized welt on the right side of his forehead after being struck by the follow-through on a swing by Indians hitter Francisco Lindor in the second inning. Montero lay on the ground in pain for more than two minutes while trainers tended to him.
Preliminary tests showed no concussion, but the team will wait at least a day or two before attempting to use him in a game again. The team has only one catcher other than Montero on the 40-man roster: Kelly Shoppach.
If Montero can’t make it back into action quickly, it could impact nonroster relief pitcher Kameron Loe, who has an “out” clause in his contract that he can trigger as early as Monday if not guaranteed a bullpen job. The Mariners might not be quick to offer up roster spots early if Montero’s health status is uncertain and they know they might have to add a nonroster catcher — Jesus Sucre is still in camp — for opening day.
• Hisashi Iwakuma gave up two earned runs on 10 hits over 7-2/3 innings in a minor-league game against the Reds’ Class AAA affiliate.
• Michael Saunders led off for the M’s, going 2 for 5. Wedge said he’ll likely go with a combination of Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez at leadoff to start the season.
• Jon Garland was officially granted his release, one day after the pitcher used an “out” clause in his contract when the Mariners declined to guarantee him a roster spot. Nonroster infielder Mike Jacobs also requested and was granted his release.
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|Q.Latimore lf||1||0||0||0||Andino ss-2b||4||2||2||0|
|Aviles 3b||3||2||2||0||Ibanez lf||4||1||3||3|
|T.Wolters 3b||2||0||1||0||D.Almnt pr-lf||1||0||0||0|
|C.Phelps 1b||3||1||2||2||Smoak 1b||5||0||3||1|
|C.McGnss 1b||2||0||0||0||Seager 2b||3||1||1||0|
|Giambi dh||3||1||1||1||C.Taylor ss||2||0||1||0|
|J.Henry dh||1||0||1||1||J.Montero c||1||0||0||0|
|R.Rdrgz dh||1||0||0||0||M.Dowd c||4||0||1||1|
|M.Carson rf||3||0||0||0||C.Wells cf||4||0||0||0|
|D.Cid rf||2||0||0||0||Shoppach dh||5||0||2||0|
|Marson c||4||1||2||0||B.Miller 3b||4||0||1||0|
|Cleveland||003 015 001||—||10|
|Seattle||200 030 000||—||5|
E — Huff (1), M.Dowd (1). DP — Cleveland 1, Seattle 1. LOB — Cleveland 7, Seattle 12. 2B — J.Ramirez (1), T.Naquin (1), Smoak 2 (7), M.Dowd (1), Shoppach (3). 3B — Lindor (1), Seager (1). HR — C.Phelps (3), Giambi (3), Ibanez (4). SB — Carrera 2 (11), Aviles (2). CS — B.Miller (1).
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|Beavan L, 1-1||5 1/3||16||9||8||0||3|
HBP — by Capps (C.Wells). WP — Beavan. PB — M.Dowd. T — 3:14. A — 9,473.