Giants 5, Mariners (split squad) 4 at Peoria Stadium
Talented lefty reliever Aaron Fletcher struggled in his only inning of work Thursday. He entered in the ninth inning with the score tied 4-4 and couldn’t hold it. After getting a quick first out, he gave up a single. After recording the second out, Fletcher hit two hitters in a row with pitches to load the bases. He walked home what would be the winning run moments later.
Besides two shutout innings from starter Logan Gilbert, the Mariners got good relief outings from right-handers Sam Delaplane, a shutout inning with a strikeout and Carl Edwards Jr., who had a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Player of the game
J.P. Crawford’s changes to his setup and swing are showing immediate results. Crawford drove in a pair of runs on a RBI single and sac fly.
“It got away from us a little bit late. Fletch struggled some there. Offensively, I thought J.P. swung the bat really well today.” — Mariners manager Scott Servais.
The Mariners will travel Salt River Fields on Friday to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will make his second start of the spring for Seattle. Also scheduled to pitch are right-handers Zach Grotz, Wyatt Mills and Joey Gerber and lefties Nestor Cortes and Ian McKinney. Arizona will start lefty Alex Young. First pitch is set for 12:10 p.m. Pacific. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN-710.