Mariners drop first Cactus League game with a 14-3 loss to Kansas City

Shortstop Jean Segura goes 3-for-3 with double, home run and 3 RBIs in the loss.

Seattle fell to 2-1 overall in Cactus League play with a 14-3 loss vs. the Kansas City Royals in a seven-inning rain-shortened game on Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. Mariners scored 3 runs over the first two innings, but could not overcome an early deficit.

Shortstop Jean Segura went 3-for-3 with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 3 RBI in the loss. Segura had a RBI double in the first innings scoring left fielder Jarrod Dyson from first base. He followed it up hitting his first home run of the season with a solo shot to left center field on an 0-1 count in the second inning and concluded his day with a RBI single in the 4th inning.

Segura led the team with 3 hits, while Dyson, left fielder Ben Gamel, first baseman Danny Valencia, right fielder Mitch Haniger, catcher Steven Baron and designated hitter Tyler Marlette each recorded 1 of the Mariners 9 hits.

Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, making his first start of the spring, recorded the loss allowing 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in the first inning. Right-handed reliever Nick Vincent (1 R/1 ER) and left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski (6 R/5 ER) combined to allow 7 runs (6 ER) over the second and third innings. Relievers Jonathan Aro and Dan Altavilla combined to toss a scoreless fourth and fifth innings, while Rob Whalen tossed a scoreless sixth inning before allowing 3 runs in the top of the seventh inning. Overall the pitching staff allowed 14 hits, while striking out 6 and walking 2 over 7.0 innings.

The Mariners (2-1) face the Chicago White Sox as the team returns to Cactus League play tomorrow (Tuesday, February 28) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT at Camelback Ranch. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start for the Mariners against White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech.


LINESCORE                   1 2 3       4 5 6     7 8 9               R       H      E   

ROYALS                          4 1 6       0 0 0     3 X X     -     14     14      0

MARINERS                     1 2 0       0 0 0     0 X X     -       3        9      2

W - Vargas (1-0); L - Gallardo (0-1); SV - None

KC - Vargas, Soria (3), Minor (4), Dziedzic (6), Alburquerque (7) and Perez, Pena (5)

SEA - Gallardo, Vincent (2), Rzepczynski (3), Aro (4) Altavilla (5), Whalen (6) and Zunino, Baron (6)

Home Runs - KC: Orlando (1), Perez (2), O'Brien (2); SEA: Segura (1)

Attendance - 3,400            Time - 2:21