PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run for a Seattle Mariners split squad Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Weeks sent a drive that cleared the 40-foot wall above the 410-foot mark in center field. He connected in the fifth inning off Andrew Chafin.
Weeks played his second game for the Mariners after signing as a free agent following 10 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
“My whole thing was just trying to slow down because it was my first game back (Thursday) and I was jumping a lot,” Weeks said. “I’m just here to play baseball. I can’t worry about how far the ball went, but it was a good swing.”
Mark Trumbo homered and doubled for Arizona, which took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on his first home run of the spring.
“Definitely I’d like to see as many pitches as possible,” Trumbo said. “Hopefully the results are as good as a home run. By and large, that’s mostly the advice I’ve got. Early in the spring, that’s when you want to see some things and save the results for maybe a little later.”
The Mariners scored twice in the fifth, including a run-scoring single for Mike Zunino.
Arizona’s Yasmany Tomas hit a leadoff double in the sixth and scored on Aaron Hill’s single. Trumbo doubled with two outs in the inning, but was left stranded at second.
Tomas, whose signing was Arizona’s big splash during the offseason, got his first hit of the spring and is 1 for 12 overall.
Seattle led 3-2 until the ninth, when Arizona’s Jamie Romak and Blake Lalli hit back-to-back doubles that produced the tying and go-ahead runs. Jeremy Accardo, a former big leaguer who pitched in the Independent League last year, threw a scoreless ninth for the save.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his first spring training start Tuesday in Scottsdale against Colorado. Hernandez was scheduled for a bullpen session before Saturday’s game.
Diamondbacks: Manager Chip Hale hasn’t named his opening day starter yet, but it appears Josh Collmenter could be the guy based on how the spring training rotation is currently set up. Collmenter allowed a hit in two shutout innings and threw just 18 pitches.
“I haven’t looked that far on the calendar. I just go start by start,” Collmenter said. “Just to be mentioned in that is special with everything that goes into opening day.”
Mariners: No. 2 starter Hisashi Iwakuma looked sharp in his spring training debut, retiring six in a row on 22 pitches in two innings of work.
“I had a good feel, a good rhythm,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “It’s a good sign for me getting five out of six outs on the ground.”
Diamondbacks: RHP Allen Webster was dealing with a stomach illness Friday in his outing against Oakland, in which he gave up two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Hale said Webster felt better Saturday.
Mariners: LHP Danny Hultzen threw batting practice before Saturday’s game as he makes his way back from rotator cuff surgery.
Mariners 1B Ji-Man Choi, who broke his right fibula in a spring training game earlier in the week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma after Seattle designated him for assignment Thursday.
Diamondbacks: RHP Daniel Hudson starts Sunday against San Francisco, and RHP Jeremy Hellickson gets the start in a split-squad game, also against the Giants.
Mariners: RHP J.A. Happ makes his first spring training start of 2015 against Cincinnati on Sunday.
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