Mike Zunino crushed his first homer of the spring, but it wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss to the Rockies.
Rockies 3, Mariners 2 at Peoria Stadium
Seattle starter Mike Leake pitched four innings, giving up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Leake threw 48 pitches and worked at his usual brisk pace. He gave up two runs in the third inning. Following a leadoff single from Daniel Castro, Rockies rightfielder Mike Tauchman pulled a ball into the right field corner. Mariners rightfielder Cameron Perkins picked up the ball and tried to fire it home. But the ball slipped in Perkins’ fingers and he spiked it straight into the warning track with such fury that it bounced high into the air and into the stands. Tauchman was awarded home.
“That was a five-story spike,” joked Leake.
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Leake also allowed a solo homer in the fourth inning on a 2-0 pitch to Tom Murphy that proved to be the difference.
Art Warren, one of the Mariners’ top relief pitching prospects, made his Cactus League debut after dealing with some issues. Warren worked a scoreless frame, allowing two singles but striking out three batters. His fastball was clocked at 95-97 mph.
Fellow relievers James Pazos, Chasen Bradford, Dan Altavilla and Casey Lawrence also pitched scoreless innings. Mariners relievers struck out 12 batters in the game.
Player of the game
Mike Zunino smashed his first homer of the spring in the fourth inning. Zunino hammered a ball over the grass berm in left field for a solo shot.
“Zunino squared one up,” manager Scott Servais said. “That ball got out of here in a hurry. Mike’s timing has gotten a lot better in his last five or six at-bats.”
“Pitching was not the issue tonight, we just couldn’t get much going offensively. We had a lot of good signs on the mound.” — Servais on the game.
The Mariners will play their second of three consecutive night games at Peoria Stadium on Tuesday against the Oakland A’s. Lefty Marco Gonzales will get the start on the mound. Also scheduled to pitch are right-handers Chase De Jong and David Phelps and lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Oakland will start right-hander Jharel Cotton. First pitch is set for 5:40 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on Root Sports and broadcast live on ESPN 710 and mariners.com