Mariners ace allows two hits and whiffs one, calls changeup 'garbage'
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Felix Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut while James Jones and Mike Zunino had a pair of hits each as the Mariners beat the Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon, 4-1, at Camelback Ranch.
"I'm not real happy, but I think I threw pretty good," said Hernandez, who allowed a double to Yasiel Puig and a single to Juan Uribe. "But my changeup wasn't working. I threw it a lot of times and it was garbage."
With Zack Greinke sidelined by a strained right calf muscle, the Dodgers went with all relievers. Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson started the game with a knuckleball for a strike to Brad Miller and pitched a perfect first inning, followed by a scoreless inning from closer Kenley Jansen, who displayed a better slider that he's been working on this spring.
The Mariners combined four hits off J.P. Howell plus the first of two Dodgers errors for three runs in the third and added a fourth run in the fourth off Jamey Wright. Chris Perez struck out two in a scoreless inning for the Dodgers. Chris Withrow pitched two scoreless innings, aided by a run-saving defensive play from second baseman Dee Gordon.
Hector Noesi followed Hernandez with another pair of scoreless innings for Seattle.
The Dodgers went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Logan Morrison, Seattle's designated hitter, struck out three times.
Kyle Seager (finger) for Seattle and Carl Crawford (quad) for the Dodgers returned to the starting lineup after missing nearly a week each.
Trayvon Robinson drilled his first spring homer, an opposite-field solo drive off Stephen Kohlscheen, to get the Dodgers on the board in the eighth.
Up next: Young left-hander James Paxton makes his second start of the spring on Wednesday when the Mariners host the Indians in a 12:05 p.m. PT game in Peoria. Listen to the game on an exclusive audio webcast on mariners.com.
Paxton threw two perfect innings in his debut against the Padres and is making a strong bid to earn a rotation berth after shining in four starts last season as a September callup. He'll likely go three innings, with Brandon Maurer then making his first appearance of the spring after dealing with a stiff back. Lucas Luetge, Joe Beimel, Danny Farquhar and Bobby LaFromboise are also scheduled to pitch.