Pineiro Pummeled in M's Loss to San Diego

The Mariners dropped their second game in a row, falling Saturday to the hot-hitting San Diego Padres, 15-2.

PEORIA - It might have been Spring Training, but Joel Pineiro was up to his old tricks on Saturday with a rough first inning.

Rough may be a kind word to describe the right-hander's first outting of the spring, an inning of work that resulted in 8 hits and 7 runs for the San Diego Padres. Ouch.

The Padres' seven-run first was capped by a three-run homer by rookie shortstop Khalil Greene, who turned a bad four-run first into a horrid seven-run inning with one big swing of the bat.

San Diego never looked back, beating Seattle 15-2.

The Mariners dropped to 0-2 in the spring, and managed just two runs in the game. Both came in the sixth inning, when 1B Dave Hansen belted the team's first homer of the spring.

Hansen was the only Mariner with more than one hit, going 2-3 on the day.

San Diego outhit Seattle 19-10, getting a pair of hits from six different players: Sean Burroughs, Mark Loretta, Josh Barfield, Brian Buchanan, Terrance Long and Greene.

Reliever Kevin Jarvis, the veteran right-hander acquired in the Jeff Cirillo trade with the Padres, didn't help his case for making the team. He allowed 6 earned runs and 7 hits in 1.2 innings.

Aaron Looper pitched a scoreless inning, Terry Mulholland gave up one run on a homer to Loretta in two innings of work, and Cha Baek struck out two and gave up just one run in 2.1 innings.

Taggert Bozied, a first baseman, joined Greene and Bozied with a homer off of Jarvis in the seventh. Player of the Day: 3B Scott Spiezio
What a day for the M's new man at the hot corner. Challenged a number of times, Spiezio came up big with the glove on each occasion. He carried himself confidently, and worked with a bit of a swagger at third before being replaced by Greg Dobbs. Play of the Day:
Games that end in 15-2 defeats are never filled with highlights, but if the M's did have one it would have been Hansen's two-run bomb in the sixth.

The M's Starting Lineup:
CF McCracken
2B Bloomquist
RF Ichiro
SS Aurilia
3B Spiezio
C Davis
DH Jacobsen
1B Hansen
LF Owens

Odds and Ends:
True to manager Bob Melvin's promise from earlier in the year, the skipper experimented with a lineup that used Ichiro Suzuki at the third spot. Ichiro responded with a hard single in his first at bat, and finished the day 1-1... Quinton McCracken and Jamal Strong each got an opportunity to play center field. McCracken went 1-3 with a double while Strong ended the day 1-2 with a single... Greg Dobbs got another look at third base, and the lefty responsed with his first hit of the spring. He did, however, have on error, the only one of the game for either team... SS Jose Lopez, considered as one of the M's main can't-miss prospects, got his first action of the spring. He replaced Aurilia at shortstop and went 0-3 at the plate.

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