The Mariners suffered their first loss of the spring, getting trounced at home in a seven-inning, rain-shortened 14-3 decision to the Royals.
Royals 14 , Mariners 3 at Peoria Stadium
A pair of veteran pitchers acquired in the offseason for key roles struggled in their first Cactus League appearances. Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo gave up four runs on three hits with two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch in his first and only inning of work. With one out, Gallardo hit Paulo Orlando with a 1-2 pitch that started all of his problems. He walked Lorenzo Cain and then gave up back-to-back doubles to Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez and a single to Brandon Moss to that drove in the runs.
“I think the first time out, you are excited to get out there, but you have to control your emotions,” Gallardo said. “It started when I hit Orlando. I tried to throw a curveball and it slipped out of my hand. I kind of let everything get to me after that. But I felt good. I was just missing pitches by a little bit early in the count and getting behind.”
Gallardo’s outing was still better than lefty Marc Rzepczynski, who gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits on one out, including deep homers from Perez and Peter O’Brien and a triple to Alcides Escobar. Ten batters came to the plate in the inning with Hosmer make the first and third out of the inning. Right-hander Rob Whalen also gave three runs on five hits in two innings work.
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Right-handed relievers Jonathan Aro and Dan Altavilla each worked scoreless frames.
With a steady rain falling, the game was called after the seventh inning.
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