Australia spoils Griffey's debut
Roneberg goes 5-for-5 with six RBIs in tuneup with Mariners
By Jim Street / MLB.com
at Peoria, Ariz.
Wednesday, March 4 Australia at the plate: First baseman Brett Roneberg went 5-for-5 and drove in six runs. Designated hitter Ben Risinger doubled in the second, third and fourth innings, and singled in the sixth, driving in his third run of the game. Left fielder Justin Huber singled twice, doubled and drove in two runs. Third baseman Luke Hughes had two doubles, walked and scored twice. Mariners at the plate: Ken Griffey Jr., getting his first plate appearances in a Mariners uniform since October 1999, walked in the first inning and flied out to center field in the second. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, playing defense for the first time this spring, went 2-for-3, including a home run, and drove in two runs. Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez slugged a three-run home run in the third inning, and Ronny Cedeno followed with a home run to left-center. Australia on the mound: Left-handed starter Travis Blackley, who spent most of his professional career with the Mariners, worked the first two innings. He surrendered a run in the first inning and two runs in the second, allowing four hits and two walks in the brief outing. Mariners on the mound: Left-handed starter Garrett Olson was impressive during a two-inning stint, striking out all three batters he faced in the first inning and one more to end the second, stranding runners on first and third. Right-hander Miguel Batista wobbled big time, surrendering four runs in two-thirds of an inning, and so did right-hander Roy Corcoran, who was roughed up to the tune of four hits and four earned runs. Up next: The Mariners resume their Cactus League schedule on Thursday, facing the AL West rival Angels in a 12:05 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium. Left-hander Erik Bedard, who was impressive in his debut, tossing two shutout innings, makes his second start of the spring. Right-hander Shane Loux is slated to start for the Angels. Seattle enters the game with a 4-0-1 record, its best Cactus League start since 1994, when the Mariners bolted to a five-game winning streak.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.