Notes and quotes from the Mariners' Cactus League victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mariners 5, Giants 4, Scottsdale Stadium
Notable: Reliever Tony Zych gave up two runs in the ninth and allowed the tying run to get to third base with two outs before striking out Grant Green on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. “That’s going to happen sometimes,’’ Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Sometimes, the toughest out to get is the last one.” … Servais was pleased overall with the Mariners’ pitching. Hisashi Iwakuma worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four. Donn Roach, who gave up nine hits and six runs (two earned) in his previous outing against the Diamondbacks, rebounded with two scoreless innings. Roach gave up one hit and struck out three. “That’s the guy we were hoping to see all spring,’’ Servais said. … Joel Peralta stumbled a bit, giving up a long two-run homer to Hunter Pence following a booming double by Buster Posey. “Joel pitched fine,’’ Servais said. “Obviously, he got behind in the count to Pence. Hunter has a lot of power and laid into one. He was still throwing the ball good. He just got behind in the count, and that’s what good hitters do in this league.” … Servais also was pleased with the way Zych came back after giving up a homer (to Ryder Jones), single and double to the first three batters he faced. “He went to the slider today,’’ he said. “They were on the fastball. They were up looking for it and squared a few up on him. That’s why you have to have the second pitch and the command of it. At 3-1, 3-2 with Green at the plate late, tying run at plate, that’s a gutsy pitch, and he made it.” … Offensively, the Mariners had eight hits, including doubles by Ketel Marte, Franklin Gutierrez and Chris Taylor. But only Gutierrez’s was hit well. Marte’s was a sun ball and Taylor’s a blooper just beyond the infield. Stefen Romero delivered a run-scoring single for his team-leading seventh RBI. Leonys Martin also had an RBI single. … The Mariners have outscored opponents 19-6 in the first two innings of games this spring, when both teams’ regulars usually are in the game.
Player of the game: Iwakuma has worked five innings this spring without allowing a run. He gave up his first hit Friday, but it was erased with a double play. Iwakuma walked one for his only other baserunner. “My fastball was pretty sharp,’’ Iwakuma said through his interpreter. “The ball came out of my hand pretty well. I was able to command like I did last time. I felt I was able to throw a little harder today, so overall I think it was good.” Iwakuma worked ahead in the count throughout his stint but cited his lone walk as a sign he has things to work on. “I’m pleased where I’m at right now,’’ he said. “The plan was to go three innings and put up zeroes. I was able to do that. I told Mel (pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre), ‘I brought back the goose-eggs,’ and he was happy with that.” Iwakuma joked that he has a deal with Stottlemyre that the coach gives him one strip of fish for every goose egg.
Quotable: “Kuma had a real good split today. He finished off some hitters with it. For the most part, he was ahead of the count all day. He is a pro. He’s in a good spot right now. He looks healthy, and we’ll keep building his innings up.” – Servais, on Iwakuma’s outing.
On tap: The Mariners play their first split-squad games of the spring Saturday night. Bench coach Tim Bogar will manage the squad that travels to Goodyear to face the Reds at 6:05 p.m. Seattle time. Left-hander Mike Montgomery starts that one for the Mariners, and left-hander Cody Reed will go for the Reds. The Mariners also will host the Dodgers in Peoria at 6:40 p.m. Seattle time, a game that will be televised by Root Sports. Left-hander James Paxton starts for the Mariners, and left-hander Alex Wood goes for the Dodgers.