The two innings of Taijuan Walker's start Friday were very different. The young right-hander needed just 11 pitches to work a 1-2-3 first inning, but the second inning wasn't so easy.
Brewers 5, Mariners 2 at Maryvale Stadium
The two innings of Taijuan Walker’s start Friday were very different. The young right-hander needed just 11 pitches to work a 1-2-3 first inning, but the second inning wasn’t so easy. Walker issued a leadoff walk to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, then gave up two singles and a sacrifice fly that led to a run. Walker limited the damage to one run. He threw 34 pitches.
“I just didn’t have command of my fastball,” Walker said. “I left a lot of pitches up, and I’d get behind. But I got out of that jam. I guess that’s what you want to do with bases loaded and one out, limit the runs as much as possible.”
*** Seth Smith had two hits in two at-bats.
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*** Luis Sardinas continued to play well, making a leaping grab on a line drive to left field while at shortstop. He also had a hit in two at-bats.
*** Right-hander Cody Martin worked two scoreless innings following Walker.
Player of the game
At age 31, Mike Baxter has played in share of spring-training games, and he knows how to make the most of limited playing time. The outfielder made a diving catch on a sinking line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, Baxter crushed a two-run homer off the batter’s eye in center field. Baxter was signed as depth at Class AAA Tacoma this season.
“We gave up a few too many free bases today. But you are going to have those days in spring training. I though our at-bats were just OK today. We struck out a little bit more than we’d like to, but again it’s a process. It’s going to take some time. We hung in there and put some pressure on them late. We’ll go get them tomorrow.” — Manager Scott Servais.
The Mariners will host an American League West rival — the Los Angeles Angels — at 12:10 p.m. Pacific time Saturday at Peoria Stadium. Left-hander Wade Miley will make his Mariners debut, and the Angels will go with right-hander Andrew Heaney. The game will not be televised, but ESPN 710 AM and will carry the radio broadcast.