On a comeback after missing all of 2012 due to shoulder surgery, veteran Jon Garland allowed just one run in three innings, but the Mariners fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Glendale Saturday when Alex Castellanos slugged a two-run homer off reliever Yoervis Medina in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Garland’s three-inning outing was his longest of the spring.
“Not too bad,” said Garland. “My arm is definitely coming around. I can definitely tell it’s getting stronger as the outings are going. Nothing is tightening up between innings. So just good signs all around.”
The Mariners scored twice in the second inning on four consecutive singles, the final one a two-RBI blow by Franklin Gutierrez.
RHP Andrew Carraway will make his first Cactus League start Sunday as the Mariners host the White Sox in a 1:05 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium.
Carraway, who split last season between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma, has a 2.25 ERA in four innings in three prior relief appearances this spring. He’s slated to pitch the first two innings, followed by one inning each for Taijuan Walker, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Carter Capps and Carson Smith.
In a Saturday morning, six-inning B game, right fielder Jason Bay smacked a three-run homer in the first inning as the Mariners defeated the San Diego Padres 6-3. Bay’s shot traveled 385 feet. The result won’t count in Cactus League statistics since B games are unofficial. The Mariners scheduled the extra contest after Friday’s game was rained out in the fourth inning.