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Mariners strike out 12 times in 4-0 loss to Giants

In this Feb. 28, 2018 file photo, Seattle Mariners left fielder John Andreoli is unable to make a catch on a double hit by Cleveland Indians’ Roberto Perez during the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)
In this Feb. 28, 2018 file photo, Seattle Mariners left fielder John Andreoli is unable to make a catch on a double hit by Cleveland Indians’ Roberto Perez during the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)
By Larry Stone Seattle Times

Giants 4, Mariners 0 at Peoria Stadium

The Mariners managed just four hits, all singles, and struck out 12 times, continuing a recent struggle at the plate that concerns manager Scott Servais.

“We haven’t done much offensively in the last two or three days,” he said. “For whatever reason, we’re getting in good counts and not taking advantage of that, chasing a lot of balls, and strikeouts have been up. We have to get back on that, controlling the strike zone a little better than we have.”

One of the Mariners’ hits was by Guillermo Heredia, making his first start in left field after offseason shoulder surgery. The Mariners had cautioned Heredia to play it safe in the field, and he made it through the game without incident.

“We’ll keep building up his at-bats and get him comfortable in there, but there were no issues with him,” Servais said.

Players of the game

Juan Nicasio and Edwin Diaz, who will be late-inning relievers for the Mariners this season, each turned in a perfect inning. Nicasio struck out two, Diaz one.

“They’re throwing the ball really well,” Servais said. “Eddie looks really good. Nicasio is very comfortable, working on the breaking ball. The command of his fastball was really good tonight. We still haven’t seen the plus velo yet. We’ll see that as we get later in the camp, but I really like the way those guys are throwing the ball.”

Quotable

“He’s a master of disrupting timing. That’s what he does with the quick steps and the pause in his delivery. It’s something we’ve introduced to a number of our guys this spring. Some guys are grasping onto it and seeing the advantage of it, and he’s the perfect example of what you can do without overpowering stuff. He really pitches. It’s about getting the hitter uncomfortable, and that’s what he does.” – Servais on Giants starter Johnny Cueto, who blanked the Mariners for three innings with five strikeouts.

On tap

After three straight home night games, the Mariners return to day action on Friday and will hit the road to play the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. James Paxton, coming off a start in which he gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings against Texas, will be on the mound for the Mariners. Andrew Moore is also scheduled to see action, while Jeff Samardzija will start for the Giants. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on mariners.com. It will not be televised.

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