Normally the outcome of a spring training game is barely worth the pixels to explain. But when the Mariners, who know something about losing, are defeated 24-3 (box), attention is demanded. The Milwaukee Brewers were the perps Monday at their park in Maryvale, AZ, and the Seattle victims, as determined by bits of forensic evidence, will be identified.
Mariners pitchers gave up 24 hits, including six doubles, a triple, four homers and five walks, aided by two fielding errors from SS Shawn O’Malley.
Starter Hisashi Iwakuma was terrible, giving up seven runs on seven hits, which included back-to-back home runs, and couldn’t last three innings.
But at least he wasn’t around for the 10-run fourth inning. RHP Ryan Weber gave up seven hits in a row before getting an out — a sacrifice fly. Minor leaguer Brett Ash walked his first batter, then served up a three-run homer to make it 18-1.
In 1.1 innings, Weber and Ash combined to give up 15 runs on 13 hits and two walks.
The game followed a 9-2 loss Sunday to the Angels in which starter Ariel Miranda gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in 1.2 innings.
Manager Scott Servais seemed a little shell-shocked.
“That was as rough as they come,” he said. “They hit the ball very hard. We didn’t didn’t pitch well at all. Kuma didn’t have a whole lot today. The guys behind him didn’t have much either. He wasn’t sharp. Nothing was coming out of his hand great. He’s healthy. He’ll work through it, and will be fine by opening day.
“Unfortunately, we had a couple of those in a row. We have to get back on track. You have them down here in spring. Not a whole lot to get excited about today.”
Iwakuma, 36 and nominally the Mariners’ No. 2 starter, said he had timing problems.
“Overall my timing, my balance, I couldn’t get my lower body to sync to my upper body,” Iwakuma told MLB.com. “I couldn’t get the feel for really any pitch that I had. Nothing was working. I have nothing to say today that went well.”
The Mariners (10-7) return Tuesday to Peoria, where LHP James Paxton goes against the Chicago White Sox in what was considered a spring training impossibility — a game with the teensiest bit of significance.
Just when the Mariners seemingly have explored all dimensions of defeat — four playoff teams in 40 years — a new frontier of futility is discovered. Columbus, Magellan and Vancouver salute them for finding the edge of the earth, and falling therefrom.