Snell has tough outing against A's

Snell has tough outing against A's

Peoria, Ariz.
Monday, March 22

Mariners at the plate: One day after scoring a spring-high 12 runs, the Mariners were held in check by Oakland's hurlers. Shortstop Jack Wilson had his third double, a hustle two-bagger in the fifth inning. Catcher Rob Johnson reached base twice, a single and walk.

Athletics at the plate: A prodigious three-run home run by Coco Crisp capped a five-run second inning for the visiting Athletics. Crisp's towering blast, which landed on the roof of a tent located well beyond the visiting bullpen, produced the final three runs in a five-run uprising. Oakland hit for the cycle in the inning, with Kevin Kouzmanoff starting the rally with a double and scoring on Eric Patterson's triple. Gabe Gross and Cliff Pennington contributed singles. Kouzmanoff had two doubles.

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Mariners on the mound: Right-hander Ian Snell, a projected rotation mainstay, had a rough outing against the team he likely will face during the first series of the regular season. After a smooth first inning, Snell surrendered five runs in the second, allowing two singles, a double, a triple and a home run. The good news is he got his pitch count up to 73 and retired the side in order in the first and fourth innings. Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe had a perfect inning of relief, and right-hander David Pauley held Oakland to one run over three innings.

Athletics on the mound: Right-hander Justin Duchscherer, informed early in the morning that he was starting in place of Brett Anderson, made the most of the short notice, holding the Mariners to four singles over four shutout innings. Minor League left-hander Ben Hornbeck made his Cactus League debut with a solid 2 2/3-inning relief stint, surrendering two runs, one earned.

Cactus League records: Mariners 7-11, Athletics 9-10.

Worth noting: Ichiro Suzuki started the bottom of the first inning with what appeared to be a double down the third-base line. But Athletics left fielder Gabe Gross, playing close to the line, reached the ball quickly and fired it back to the infield. Suzuki was halfway to second when he realized that he probably wouldn't make it, put on the brakes and lost his footing. By the time he got back on his feet, he was headed into a rundown and was eventually tagged out.

Up next: The Mariners' starting rotation still hasn't been determined, but one of the projected starters all along, left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith, makes his fourth Cactus League start in Tuesday's 1 p.m. PT game against the Angels at Peoria Stadium. Rowland-Smith is 0-1 with a 8.01 ERA after his first 6 2/3 innings.

The Athletics have a scheduled off-day on Tuesday, but Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez will still be getting their work in to stay on schedule. Anderson, scratched from his Monday start with a stiff neck, will join Gonzalez at Papago Park on Tuesday to throw in a Minor League game. Anderson will start a Double-A game while the left-handed Gonzalez gets the nod in a Triple-A contest. The A's return to Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Wednesday for a night game against the Dodgers starting at 7:35 p.m. PT. Trevor Cahill, making his bid for the fifth spot in the rotation, gets the starting nod.

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