Mariners 9, Rangers 7 at Surprise Stadium
Mariners starter Mike Leake pitched four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. Leake’s fastball was down a few ticks to 89 mph. He admitted to battling overall fatigue that is typical this time of spring training. Leake said he planned to try and get additional rest this week to fight off the effects.
Jean Segura returned to the lineup after exiting Wednesday’s game with tightness in his right hamstring. He showed no ill effects, registering three singles in three at-bats, including a two-run single in the second inning.
Mike Zunino had a solid game at the plate and behind it, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. Zunino also made a handful of nice plays defensively, specifically a nice block on a pitch in the dirt and then getting to his feet and throwing out a runner trying to advance to second.
Player of the Game
Daniel Vogelbach continues to hit this spring, and he’s showing no sign of slowing down. Facing lefty Matt Moore for the second time in the game, Vogelbach pulled a 2-0 fastball over the wall right field for a two-run homer. In the seventh, facing hard-throwing right-hander Matt Bush, Vogelbach smashed a shot to left-center. The ball was inches away from being a homer. He had to settle for RBI double instead.
In 14 games this spring, he is now batting .405 (15-for-37) with a .532 on-base percentage, .811 slugging percentage, six doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and nine walks.
“Vogelbach is continuing with the hot bat. Vogey’s had a really good approach. We talked about being more aggressive all spring, he’s carried it out. He got himself in a 2-0 count against Moore and drove the ball good. He’s doing a lot of good things at the plate.” — manager Scott Servais
The Mariners will be a split squad on Saturday afternoon with a home and a road group. Half the team will head to Mesa to play the Oakland A’s again. Right-hander Casey Lawrence will start the game with right-handers Art Warren and Shawn Armstrong scheduled to pitch. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
The remainder of the team will stay in Peoria to face the Los Angeles Angels. Lefty Marco Gonzales is scheduled to start that game with right-handers Juan Nicasio and David Phelps and lefty James Pazos also slated to pitch. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. The game will be televised on Root Sports and broadcast live ESPN 710 and mariners.com