It was not a banner day for Rockies pitching (Wilton Lopez and Chad Bettis excepted) as they dropped their third straight Cactus League game, 16-6, to the Seattle Mariners. It was the Mariners' 10th straight win.
Starting pitcher Juan Nicasio got things off to an inauspicious start in the first, walking Kyle Seager and Raul Ibanez before giving up an RBI single to Casper Wells and an RBI double to Eric Thames, giving Seattle an early 2-0 lead.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado continued to be a Spring Training bright spot for the Rockies, clubbing his fourth home run of the spring off Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker in the fourth, cutting Seattle's lead to 3-1. Corey Dickerson and Eric Young Jr. would contribute run-scoring singles later in the inning to even the score at three.
Miguel Batista replaced Nicasio on the mound for the Rockies in the bottom of the fourth and struck out the first two Mariners he faced, but then the wheels fell off for the 42-year-old. He walked Franklin Gutierrez and Kyle Seager reached on an error by first baseman Michael Cuddyer on a ball that would have ended the inning. Batista then proceeded to allow four extra-base hits and a walk to the next five batters, ballooning the Mariners' lead to 8-3. He gave up another RBI single before finally closing out the inning, his team now facing a six-run defecit.
Parker Frazier didn't fare any better for the Rockies on the mound in the fifth, coughing up five runs while only recording one out, the onslaught highlighted by Seager's three-run home run. Rob Scahill relieved Frazier and got out of the inning without further damage, but the score at that point was 14-3.
The Rockies got two back in the sixth on Kent Matthes' second long ball of the spring, and Henry Wrigley added an RBI double in the seventh, but it was far too little too late as Seattle ran away with the win.
The Rockies return to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick tomorrow to take on the Chicago Cubs with Jeff Francis getting the start.