Saturday’s Game 2 recap: Mariners 8, Padres 6
Player of the Game: Veteran left fielder Jason Bay (pictured) made a quick dent on this one, ripping a two-run homer on the second pitch he saw as a Mariner and then walking twice. For a guy trying to land a roster spot and regain his confidence after three trying years with the Mets, this was the perfect debut.
Stat of the Game: Seven pitches. That’s all lefty Danny Hultzen needed to zip through a 1-2-3 fifth inning, with two strikeouts included. The 2011 first-round Draft pick threw nothing but strikes in putting to rest any concern that his control was erratic after a rough finish last season in Triple-A.
Worth noting: The Mariners launched three two-run home runs, with long balls by Bay, Justin Smoak and Mike Jacobs, a veteran first baseman on a non-roster invite. Smoak’s left-handed poke in the fifth was impressive and helps reinforce his early work to retain the success he had at the end of last season.
Quote of the Game: “I’ve kind of re-found it.” — Bay when asked about his batting stroke this spring after homering in his first at-bat.
Next: The Mariners and Padres play their third straight at 12:05 p.m. PT with Erasmo Ramirez getting the start. Also expected to throw are James Paxton, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Carter Caps, Josh Kinney and Lucas Luetge.
Here’s the link to Saturday’s box score.
And here’s a video from MLB.com on Smoak and Hultzen: