Rough Cactus League finale doesn't concern Paxton

Mariners southpaw allows seven runs in 3 1/3, says spring 'numbers don't matter'

Rough Cactus League finale doesn't concern Paxton

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Designated hitter Jeremy Farrell and second baseman Carlos Sanchez each racked up four hits as a White Sox split-squad team hammered Seattle, 12-4, in Cactus League play Wednesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

Farrell, a Minor League callup playing his first Cactus League game of the spring, had a home run and double along with three runs and two RBIs, while Sanchez laced four singles with a walk on a 22-hit day for the White Sox. Right fielder Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, while first baseman Jose Abreu continued his spring tear by going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Mariners starter James Paxton struggled in his second straight start as the 26-year-old lefty gave up 10 hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. Paxton threw 83 pitches and saw his Cactus League ERA rise to 7.84 in three outings.

Rodney forces the double play

"Not the results I was looking for, but my body felt really good," Paxton said. "The ball was running quite a bit today and I was having trouble locating."

But Paxton, who got a late start this spring due to a bruised forearm, said he's not concerned.

"A lot of people forget, this is Arizona Spring Training," he said. "These numbers don't matter. All that matters is how you feel and if you're ready to go for the season. If a game like this happens in Seattle, then we've got a problem. But right now, I feel good about where I am."

Right-hander Scott Carroll got the start for the White Sox as a fill-in for the ill Brad Penny and gave up just a run and two hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Bloomquist's RBI single

Paxton, being considered for the No. 2 spot in Seattle's rotation, needed 31 pitches to get through a two-run first in which he gave up three hits, including a double to Abreu and RBI singles by Garcia and Gordon Beckham.

The White Sox cranked out three more runs in the second, with a two-run double by Melky Cabrera and a run-scoring single by Garcia, who added a two-run homer off reliever Dominic Leone in the fourth.

Abreu's Cactus League-leading batting average actually lowered a point to .518 with his two-hit day, while Garcia hiked his average to .328 while hitting his second spring home run.

Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double and is hitting .351.

Up next: The Mariners have an off-day Thursday, though Hisashi Iwakuma is making his final spring tuneup in a 7 p.m. PT game against the Padres' Triple-A club on one of the practice fields at the Peoria Complex. Seattle returns to Cactus League action Friday against the Rockies in a 7:05 p.m. PT contest at Peoria, with J.A. Happ getting the start on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.