The ups and downs in an 8-4 loss to Giants

Two errors by second baseman chone Figgins?

Six hits and four runs surrendered by fifth-starter candidate Doug Fister?

Two hits and two walks by one-time fifth-starter candidate Garrett Olson?

There were some glitches in today’s 8-4 loss to the Giants at Peoria Stadium and even some less visible events. Not in the boxscore was a headfirst slide into second base by Eric Byrnes that scraped his nose, chin and both elbows.

Never a dull moment with the high-energy veteran outfielder.

“With Fister, there were a lot of things I liked about that outing,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “There were a couple of broken bats in there (a three-run first inning), but I was encouraged.”

Fister has been working out a windup and he still struggles with it at times, but there is still three remaining in Spring Training to get it sorted out. That being said, Wakamatsu said he wants to have his five-man rotation pretty much in order by the end of next week, which gives Fister one more start to turn things around.

As for Olson, the left-hander had command issues and was all over the place with his pitches.

“That is something we are going to have to work on with him,” Wakamatsu said. “He’s a candidate for the long spot.”

The skipper said that the four pitches after Olson — Levale Speigner, Mark Lowe, Sean White and Yusmeiro Petit, all pitched well.

The three errors were a Cactus League high this season, but third baseman Jose Lopez made a superb play to deprive Jose Uribe of an extra-base hit in the second and Byrnes got his uniform dirty the first time with a diving catch in left-center.

“I will defend these guys on this field, especially Figgy,” Wakamatsu said. “Sometimes (a hard field) creates bad habits and after the fourth inning, the field really dries up. We’ll have to get them to put more water on it.”

The usually sure-handed Josh Wilon also committed an error.

Left fielder Michael Saunders, who showed some warning track power last season with the Mariners but never used his home run trot, finally demonstrated it today, hitting a two-run home run in the ninth inning.

The play of the day, though, was Byrnes doing a belly flop into second base in the fourth inning — the Mariners’ first hit of the game.

“He might as well have been in a car wreck,” Wakamatsu said. “Nothing serious, but it will leave a mark tomorrow.”

Byrnes was on the ground for a few seconds after the slide, prompting a visit from Wakamatsu and the trainer.

“He wanted to know how his nose was,” Wakamatsu said.

— Jim Street

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