Mariners, Rainiers Off To Good Start

Spring training games began this weekend, and the Mariners put a pair of poundings on the San Diego Padres.

Getting some big contributions from probable Tacoma Rainiers players, Seattle beat San Diego 13-2 on Saturday and 13-3 on Sunday.

In Saturday’s Cactus League opener, likely Rainiers fist baseman D.J. Peterson singled and doubled, scored two runs, and drove in another. Tacoma shortstop Tyler Smith went 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while catcher Tuffy Gosewisch had a double and an RBI. Potential Tacoma starting pitcher Cody Martin delivered two scoreless innings.

Sunday’s game was more of the same. Anticipated Rainiers outfielder Tyler O’Neill went 1-for-2 with a double, drew two walks, drove in two runs, and scored another. Mike Freeman had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Catcher Steve Baron also got in there, with a single and a walk – good to see that he is healthy. Pitchers Chris Heston and Dillon Overton each tossed two scoreless innings, and relievers Pat Venditte and Nick Hagadone pitched one shutout inning apiece.

It was a good opening weekend!

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