Notes, quotes, video and boxscore from the Mariners' 13-12 loss to the Oakland A's on Wednesday night at Peoria Stadium.
A’s 13, Mariners 12 at Peoria Stadium
On a night when he could have grabbed control of the competition for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, Nathan Karns delivered his worst outing of the spring. The right-hander never found his rhythm on the mound, dealt with wandering command and never made it out of third inning.
“Not his night,” manager Scott Servais said. “Really not much to say, he didn’t end up having good stuff tonight. It was a rough night for him.”
Karns left the game following Jake Smolinski’s three-run homer with one outs in the third inning. His final line: 2 1/3 innings pitched, nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 60 pitches with 37 strikes.
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With spring training ending in less than two weeks, the timing of such a poor outing could be determinant in his fate. It’s not as though he’s been a dominant in previous outings.
“It’s not ideal,” he said. ” Give them some credit, I didn’t do a good job of working ahead and they did a good job of putting it in play where we weren’t. The times I did get ahead, they were able to put it in play and beat our shift a couple times.”
Beyond the sub-optimal results, Karns hasn’t felt normal on the mound. He’s been trying to find his comfort level with help of pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.”
“I haven’t really found my rhythm yet and that’s frustrating,” he said. “I’ve been working a lot with Mel and it’s going to come, it’s going to catch.”
The indicator of that lack of rhythm is spotty fastball command, particularly leaving the pitch up in the strike zone.
“That’s how it’s been all camp,” he said. “I think I’m just a tick off. We are trying to get my rhythm up and speed me up a little bit. I’m slowing down a little and it’s dragging my arm through the zone. I just have to make that adjustment and I think once I do I will be pretty happy with it.”
*** Luis Sardinas’ hot spring continued. The Mariners utility infielder had the biggest hit in a night full of hits. Sardinas belted a grand slam in the fifth inning off of lefty Eric Suhrkamp
*** Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from the lineup for the third straight game because of the flu.
Player of the game
Chris Iannetta stepped to the plate four times and all four times he reached base while driving in four runs and scoring two runs. Iannetta drove a two-run double into the right-field corner in the first inning. He followed with a two-run single in the second. He led off the fifth inning with a single and drew a walk in the sixth inning.
“It was just one of those crazy spring training games – a lot of well hit balls. We had a rough time with the shutdown inning tonight. I think is an understatement. It’s important to go out put up zeroes there. There was some bright spots even though the scoreboard didn’t look so great on the pitching side.” — manager Scott Servais on the game.
The Mariners travel to Salt River Fields to face the Rockies in a return to afternoon games. Right-hander Taijuan Walker will get the start for Seattle, while the Rockies will go with fellow right-hander Tyler Chatwood. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. The game will only be televised on the Rockies’ broadcast, which is available on MLB.com with a subscription or some cable sports packages. The live radio broadcast will only be available on MLB.com with a subscription. ESPN 710 will air the game on tape delay.