Mariners and Giants sloshed their way into the sixth inning before the game was called
The Mariners’ pitching staff needed a “pick-me’up” kind of performance after two tough games in Albuquerque and they got it Sunday afternoon from left-hander Jason Vargas.
He limited the Giants to five hits and one run over five innings in the Mariners’ 7-1 victory at a wet and windy AT&T Park, the final Spring training game for both teams.
Vargas finished the camp with a 1-1 record and stellar 2.83 ERA and his next outing comes Friday night in Arlington against the Rangers.
“It was tough conditions, but ended up all right for me,” Vargas said after the game finally was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. “I know (the Rangers) lineup after pitching against them last year so I will try to refresh that a little bit.”
The only difficult inning he had was the fourth, when three consecutive hits with none out produced a run and threatened to chop deeper into what had been a three-run lead.
“It’s always good when you get out of it without a lot damage,” he said.
Manager Don Wakamatsu was obviously pleased with Vargas’ performance. “I thought Vargas was good. He had command of all of his pitches and I liked his tempo and everything. It (the game) was shortened, but I thought we got him enough work and we wanted to get (Michael) Pineda in there, and he looked good, too.
“It was good to give (Pineda) some exposure. We have talked about how quick he might come (to the Major Leagues).”
In other final day highlights:
— Catcher Adam Moore was solid on offense and defense, driving in two runs with a double and adding a single. He finished the spring with a .314 batting average and eight RBIs. He also made a dandy play on defense, depriving Andres Torres of a bunt single up the third-base line.
— Versatile Matt Tuiasosopo, who played every position this spring except pitcher and catcher, contributed a long solo home run, a blast halfway up the left field bleachers in the sixth inning. Tui finished the spring tied with Franklin Gutierrez in home runs with three.
— Wakamatsu wasn’t disappointed the game ended prematurely, although Vargas threw just 61 pitches. No one was injured in the sloppy conditions.
“I thought we played as long as we could without getting anybody hurt,” he said.
The Mariners finished the spring with a 12-18-2 record.
— Mike Sweeney led the team with a .500 average (20-for-40) and the team ended with a .264 average and 12 pitchers tied with the most wins — one.
Meanwnhile the 25-man roster was set earlier in the day and there were no last-minute surprises.
There are 11 pitchers on the roster, not including left-handers Cliff Lee and Erik Bedard, who were placed on the 15-day disabled list along with infielder Jack Hannahan.
And here is the official roster:
Pitchers (11): David Aardsma, Doug Fister, Felix Hernandez, Shawn Kelley, Brandon League, Mark Lowe, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Ian Snell, Kanekoa Texeira, Jason Vargas and Sean White.
Catchers (2): Rob Johnson and Adam Moore.
Infielders (5) Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman, Jose Lopez, Matt Tuiasosopo and Jack Wilson.
Outfielders (5); Milton Bradley, Eric Byrnes, Franklin Gutierrez, Ryan Langerhans and Ichiro Suzuki.
Designated hitter (2); Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Sweeney.
Those being rew-assigned to the Minor League camp were right-hander Jesus Colome, catcher Josh Bard, and infielders Josh Wilson and Chris Woodward.
— Jim Street