M's Earn First Spring Victory in Grand Fashion

The Mariners' bats heated up for the first time this Spring on Sunday afternoon, scorching San Diego pitchers in a 16-5 win at Peoria Sports Complex.

PEORIA - The Mariners' got their first win of the Spring on Sunday, pounding out 19 hits in a 16-5 victory over San Diego, returning the favor for the Padres' route of Seattle on Saturday.

Freddy Garcia got the start, and pitched well after giving off a leadoff homer to former Mariner Brian Hunter in the bottom of the first. Garcia, who struggled through 2003 with a rollercoaster season, struck out two and limited San Diego to just that one run in two innings of work.

Travis Blackley came in and followed with two innings of scoreless baseball, fanning four Padres in the process.

As the pitching held San Diego in check, the hitting by Seattle (1-2) went to work against the Padres' young pitchers. Five of the seven pitchers San Diego used gave up runs on the afternoon.

None were hit harder than the first two, starter Brian Lawrence (2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB) and Ben Howard (1/3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB).

The M's batted around in the second inning off of Lawrence, pulling ahead 4-1 and getting contribution from Garcia, who singled in his only at bat of the day.

Randy Winn smacked his first homer of the spring off of Howard in the third, sparking Seattle to a five-spot and a 9-1 M's lead.

Winn was one of three M's to go deep on day. Hiram Bocachica hit a homer off of Brian Smith in the fourth inning, and top-prospect Jose Lopez connected off of Trevor Hoffman in the sixth for his first long-ball of the spring.

The M's continued to tack on to their 9-1 lead, getting two in the fourth, three in the sixth, and two more in the seventh.

InsidethePark.com Player of the Day: SS Ramon Santiago and OF Hiram Bocachica
Santiago continued to surprise with his bat, getting the start at shortstop and taking advantage with a 3-5 day from the plate. He started the day with hits in his first three at bats, smacking two singles then a double. Bocachica also had a terrific day, getting the rare chance to play all day in right field. He started the with deep fly ball outs to left-center in his first two at bats, and finished 3-6 from the plate with a long homer off of Brian Smith. Not a bad day for either little known Mariner.

InsidethePark.com Play of the Day:
It had to be when Freddy Garcia stepped to the plate in the second inning and smacked the first pitch he saw for a single. A good compliment to his strong pitching performance, indeed.

The M's Starting Lineup:
CF Winn
SS Santiago
2B Boone
LF Ibanez
3B Spiezio
1B Olerud
RF Bocachica
C Wilson
P Garcia

Odds and Ends:
Left-handed hopeful Bobby Madritsch followed in the footsteps of fellow southpaw George Sherrill with a rough opening outing. The flame-thrower struggled with his control, walking two batters and giving up three runs in one inning. Only two were earned... Julio Mateo appeared in his second game this spring, shutting down the Padres over the final two innings with one-hit baseball... Justin Leone, the M's Minor League Player of the Year in 2003, saw his first action at third base. He had two bad at bats, going hitless and appearing to be a bit uncomfortable in each plate appearance.

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