Friday’s Game 2 recap: Mariners 12, Padres 1

Jones_James mugPlayer of the Game: James Jones went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs after replacing Endy Chavez in center field for the final four innings. Jones, 25, laced a line shot over the center field fence for a three-run bomb in the eighth and then added a run-scoring single in the ninth. Jones, a fourth-round Draft pick in 2009, spent most of last year at Double-A Jackson, where he hit .275 with 10 triples, six homers, 45 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 101 games.

Stat of the Game: The Mariners outhit San Diego 18-5 to win their second straight over the Padres. In the two games, Seattle outscored the Padres 19-2 and outhit them 28-10.

Storyline: Manager Lloyd McClendon went largely with backups after playing most of his regulars in Thursday’s opener, but the key players he did use produced well, as did a host of youngsters in the late going. Shortstop Nick Franklin went 2-for-3 with a home run, DH Corey Hart got his first hit as a Mariner with a single in the fourth and starter James Paxton tossed two perfect innings.

Worth noting: The Mariners started the Cactus League season with two straight wins for the first time since 1994. Their chance for a third straight win Saturday might be up to Mother Nature, however, as the forecast in Phoenix calls for rain most of the day.

Quote of the Day: ““He’s got some tools that are very exciting. I think you’ll probably see a lot of that guy in the very near future.”  –  McClendon on James Jones after his impressive day.

Next: Weather permitting, veteran right-hander Scott Baker gets the start as the Mariners face the Angels in a 12:05 p.m. PT game Saturday at Peoria Stadium. Baker, 32, was 63-48 with a 4.14 ERA for the Twins from 2005-11, but is coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2012 and pitched just three games for the Cubs at the end of last season. He’s got an excellent chance to make the rotation as a non-roster invitee if he pitches well this spring. Baker is scheduled for two innings, with young prospects Bobby LaFromboise, Roenis Elias and Stehen Kohlscheen and James Gillheeney among those to follow.

Here is today’s boxscore.

Here’s my story on Taijuan Walker’s situation as the Mariners top prospect has been shut down from throwing from the next week with a sore shoulder.

You can get all the rest of the news from camp in today’s notebook, including an update on Hisashi Iwakuma’s situation.

And for good measure on a busy day, here’s an interview I did for video with Pete McCarthy about Walker, Iwakuma and the Mariners pitching situation.

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