A Minute in Maryvale: 3.2.17

The Brewers face the Seattle Mariners twice during the 2017 season, both of which take place in Arizona during Spring Training.

While the Sky Sox face the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle’s Triple-A Affiliate) in a four game series in late July at Security Service Field, the first MLB matchup takes place this afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex, where the Mariners share a facility with the San Diego Padres.

Mariners 6, Brewers 2

Brett Phillips shined on both sides of the plate, but Seattle scored in four consecutive innings and pulled away with a 6-2 victory at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Ariz.

The Brewers (2-4) started off strong, jumping ahead off Mariners starter Ariel Miranda in the second inning. No. 7 prospect Brett Phillips recorded his first RBI of the spring on a sacrifice fly, plating Scooter Gennett, who walked to lead off the inning.

Phillips contributed on the defensive end in the bottom of the second. With two on and no outs, Taylor Motter flied out to the right fielder, who subsequently threw out Mitch Haniger at home plate, preserving the scoreless frame for Josh Hader.

Hader pitched 1.2 innings, striking out two batters before reaching his designated pitch limit. Matt Garza threw for the first time in 2017, tossing a scoreless first inning and surrendering three groundballs after allowing a leadoff single.

Position player turned pitcher Nick Ramirez finished the third inning by striking out Dan Vogelbach. Ramirez has faced seven batters this spring and has struck out six of them.

Seattle (5-1) tied the game in the fifth inning off Corey Knebel. With one out, veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz singled in Ben Gamel, who pinch-ran for Nelson Cruz after the right fielder doubled to lead off the frame.

Gamel would factor into the go-ahead run. With two outs, Vogelbach singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Braden Bishop, who would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by Manny Pina. On the ensuing at-bat, Gamel singled to plate Bishop, give the hosts a 2-1 lead, and chalk an unearned run on the line score of Jhan Marinez (1-1).

Seattle scored an insurance run in the sixth inning off Jorge Lopez. With two outs, Boog Powell grounded a RBI single to left field scoring Motter, who led off the inning with a single. The Mariners put a leadoff batter on base in five of the eight innings they batted.

Lopez left the seventh inning with the bases loaded, putting Damien Magnifico in a tough relief situation. After Sebastian Valle drew a walk to score D.J. Peterson, Guillermo Heredia broke the game open with a two-out, two-run single, scoring Gamel and Mitch Haniger.

The visitors pulled a run closer in the eighth inning within the first three batters. Ryan Cordell singled to lead off the inning and Nate Orf advanced Cordell to third via a double. Substitute Yadiel Rivera drove in his second run of Spring Training on a sacrifice fly to left field to cut the deficit to four.

Milwaukee continues their ‘road trip’ Friday afternoon at 1:10 MT with the second trip to Tempe Diablo Stadium in less than a week to take on the Los Angeles Angels. Junior Guerra gets the start for the Brew Crew for the second time this week. On Monday, Guerra struck out two Rangers in one inning of work during the Brewers’ 5-0 win over the Rangers in Surprise.

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