03/03/10 8:52 PM ET
Lopez gets feet wet at third base
Mariners skipper liking combo with Figgins at second
By Jim Street / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Seattle Mariners
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The Mariners fell behind three runs in the top of the first inning as right-hander Doug Fister wobbled out of the gate. But the revamped lineup, which now includes Figgins and Milton Bradley, retaliated with three runs off two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error, Figgins and Bradley walked and, after Ken Griffey Jr. hit a sacrifice fly, Bradley faked a steal of second, luring Giants second baseman Kevin Frandsen to the base. Lopez slapped a run-scoring single to right-center, the ball skipping through the area Frandsen had just vacated. Casey Kotchman followed with a single to tie the game. Fister pitched a perfect second inning, striking out all three batters he faced. Seattle eventually fell behind by four runs, but scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the ninth to pull even. One of the highlights came in the top of the 10th. After Minor League pitcher Kenn Kasparek walked all three batters he faced, another one, Anthony Vasquez, came in and allowed only one of the runners to score. "I asked him if he was nervous and he said, 'Not really,'" Wakamatsu said of his brief conversation on the mound after changing pitchers. "I told him I was." Seattle has now lost 12 of its last 13 Cactus League openers. "Obviously coming back four runs is something we're trying to establish, talking about battling all the time," Wakamatsu said. "I thought Fister made a nice adjustment and overall, I was pleased."
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.