Mariners starter Ian Snell rebounds from rocky start
In six innings, Ian Snell surrendered four hits and three earned runs. He struck out three and didn't allow a walk. He threw 88 pitches.
Seattle Times staff columnist
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ian Snell, a key part of the Mariners' rotation who was in need of something positive, had his best outing of the spring Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Snell, who entered the game with a 6.92 earned-run average in four spring starts and had allowed 17 hits in 13 innings, retired the last 10 batters he faced after allowing a deep home run to Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier in the third.
In six innings, Snell surrendered four hits and three earned runs. He struck out three and didn't allow a walk. He threw 88 pitches.
Despite the 3-1 loss, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said he was happy with the way Snell battled back.
"He was just feeling his way early, then he started challenging guys after he got hurt a little bit," Wakamatsu said. "I liked his ability to get through adversity. We're looking for guys who can go deep into ball games and, after the home run, to retire 10 in a row, that tells you something. Overall, I was pleased with his performance."
Snell was equally pleased.
"I used my off-speed more in this game than I have in the past," Snell said. "It just hasn't been there the past couple of games. I've gone out and all I've been relying on is fastball, changeup.
"It's kind of hard to pitch with two pitches when you're a four-pitch guy. I've worked really hard on that the past couple of days. (Pitching coach Rick) Adair's been getting on me and helping me."
Snell said the home run by Ethier was a pitch he left over the plate.
"Stupid pitch," said Snell, whose spring record fell to 1-3.
He will get one more start before the season begins.
David Pauley, who retired all 10 Cincinnati Reds he faced on Friday, was reassigned to the minor-league camp Saturday.
"We have a belief system in him. He's had a great spring," Wakamatsu said. "There's nothing else really that he could have done to impress us more. He gives us the belief that we can bring him up any time. He gives us a lot of options."
In 15-1/3 innings, Pauley (1-0) has allowed 11 hits, struck out six and walked two. His earned-run average is 3.52 and the Cactus League is hitting only .211 against him.
Wakamatsu said Pauley still will start the final spring game in Arizona on Thursday against the White Sox.
Tui goes deep
The Mariners' only run came on a ninth-inning home run from Matt Tuiasosopo, his second of the spring.
"The last three or four games you can kind of see him pressing a little bit," Wakamatsu said. "I think the home run kind of gives him a breath of fresh air. I think we've seen some good things from him this spring, especially the shortening of his swing. Tui's a good player."
Jose Lopez followed Tuiasosopo's leadoff home run with a single, but Dodgers backup shortstop Jamey Carroll made a diving stop of Ryan Garko's grounder into the hole and started a nifty double play.
• The Mariners continued to try to force the action. Ichiro stole his seventh base of the spring in the first. But Milton Bradley struck out, leaving him stranded at second. With one out in the sixth inning, Chone Figgins attempted a steal but was thrown out by Brad Ausmus.
• Catcher Adam Moore, who was on third in the seventh, was struck on the shin by pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney's seventh-inning line drive but stayed in the game to catch David Aardsma's inning.
• Starter Doug Fister, who took a line drive off his right forearm on March 19, pitched two innings (30 pitches) in the Mariners' minor-league game Friday and Wakamatsu said he looked good.
• Pinch-hitting with the bases loaded in the seventh, Sweeney sent Reed Johnson to the warning track for the final out of the inning. "I thought he had a great at-bat," Wakamatsu said.
• Right-hander Steve Hensley, the Mariners' fourth-round pick in the 2008 June draft, pitched an impressive 1-2-3 eighth.
"He's a young kid with some presence," Wakamatsu said. "I like his stuff. I loved his changeup today."
• The crowd of 13,583 was a Cactus League record.
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