Bay’s home run highlights ‘B’ game victory
Right fielder Jason Bay hit a three-run home run in the first inning as the Mariners topped the Padres 6-3 in an informal six-inning ‘B’ game Saturday morning at Peoria Stadium.
Bay’s opposite-field launch over the 385-foot fence in right-center continued his strong spring start, but won’t count in Cactus League statistics since “B” games are unofficial. Bay is hitting .400 with two home runs and four RBIs in 15 official at-bats. He went 1-for-2 with two walks in Friday’s non-counter.
The Mariners scheduled the extra contest after Friday’s game was canceled in the fourth inning by rain, leaving some of their pitchers needing extra work.
Veteran left-hander Joe Saunders gave up three runs [two earned] on four hits in 2 2/3 innings while throwing 53 pitches. Logan Bawcom threw 1 1/3 innings of relief with two hits and a walk, while Danny Farquhar pitched a perfect sixth inning with two strikeouts.
The Padres threw several young pitching prospects in the game, with Seattle pounding lefty Robbie Erlin for four runs on six hits and an error in the first before the inning was halted with no outs because Erlin had reached his pitch limit. Erlin pitched Double-A ball last year.
San Diego’s Jonathan Galvez hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run off Saunders in the first when left fielder Eric Thames and center fielder Francisco Martinez nearly collided as the ball bounded high off the fence in left-center and rolled halfway back to the infield.
Jesus Montero tripled for Seattle in the third inning on a blast off the right-center field wall, while Vinnie Catricala went 2-for-2 with a walk.