French, Lowe spotless in Cactus action

French, Lowe spotless in Cactus action

Padres 9, Mariners 3
Peoria, Ariz.
Friday, March 5

Padres at the plate: Designated hitter Aaron Cunningham drilled a bases-loaded double capping an eight-run uprising in the third inning. Third baseman Chase Headley contributed a two-run single in the inning. Catcher Chris Stewart, a non-roster invitee, had a run-scoring triple in the seventh inning.

Mariners at the plate: Ichiro Suzuki tripled home a run in the third inning and scored. Third baseman Jose Lopez reached on a double in the second inning. Matt Tuiasosopo, playing shortstop, drilled a single in his first at-bat.

Padres on the mound: Right-hander Mat Latos worked two innings, allowing one run. Latos surrendered a leadoff walk to Ken Griffey Jr., who eventually scored. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc gave up four hits and two runs in his two-inning stint.

Mariners on the mound: Left-hander Luke French, one of four candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation, worked two scoreless innings, retiring six of the seven batters he faced. A walk and his two-base throwing error on a pickoff attempt were the only glitches of the day. The first spring outing for lefty Garrett Olson was a wild one. He walked three of the seven batters he faced and two others singled. Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe had a spotless inning of relief.

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Cactus League records: Mariners, 1-2, Padres 1-1.

Worth noting: It was exactly 16 years ago that Lee Tinsley, the Mariners first-base coach, had a memorable Spring Training game against the Padres. Tinsley singled in the second inning, tripled in the fourth, hit a home run in the seventh and doubled in the eighth for a rare Spring Training cycle. He went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs.

Cunningham is a product of Kitsap County and graduate of Everett Community College. He also is a lifelong Mariners fan. Change is in the air again for the Padres this season. For the second consecutive year, the 40-man roster features 23 players that were not on the 40-man roster the previous Cactus League season. Twenty of the 54 players in camp qualify as rookies this season.

What's next: The Mariners continue their prolonged homestand in Peoria on Saturday when they take on the Padres for the third time in a four-game series. Seattle will have played five consecutive games at Peoria Stadium before its first road game. Right-hander Ian Snell, the projected No. 3 starter, makes his Spring Training debut and will pitch the first two innings. Right-handers Sean White and Yusmeiro Petit, acquired on waivers from the Diamondbacks, also are slated to pitch.

Jon Garland, who signed late in the offseason with the Padres, will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday. Garland, who signed a one-year deal with the Padres in January, is expected to be an innings-eater for San Diego this season. Tim Stauffer, one of several pitchers who are being looked at for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, will follow Garland. Each pitcher is expect to throw two innings or up to 30 pitches.

Jim Street is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.