Miley, Bergman strong in short outings for Mariners, Rockies
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Wade Miley tuned up for the regular season with three solid innings in the Seattle Mariners' 1-1 nine-inning tie with the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Miley, Seattle's No. 3 starter, allowed a run on three hits and struck out three. He'll pitch next Wednesday in Texas.
''Happy with that, ready to go,'' Miley said. ''Just being able to command. Fastball was good the first inning, not so good the second inning, got it back in the third inning. Ready to get out of here.''
Christian Bergman struck out four in three scoreless innings for the Rockies. Ben Paulsen had two hits and scored the Rockies' only run.
''He's in a good place. He's ready to go,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Bergman.
Yohan Flande threw four scoreless innings in relief for Colorado. Seattle relievers Joaquin Benoit, Vidal Nuno and Joel Peralta held the Rockies to one hit between them.
''Good ties, bad ties. We pitched outstanding tonight,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''Obviously didn't swing the bats that great but I thought Wade was really sharp with all his pitches going. Benoit, ready to go. That's clear.''
Flande remains in the mix for a long relief role with the Rockies on opening day.
''That's why he's a valuable piece. Throws strikes. Very durable, very versatile,'' Weiss said. ''Regardless of how we use him, he comes in and throws strikes.''
Ketel Marte had three hits, including a triple, and scored the tying run on an error in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Kyle Seager added two hits for the Mariners.
''Just dropped the head on that ball,'' Servais said of Marte's triple.
Marte has a .358 batting average in spring training with a nine-game hitting streak and will open the season as the Mariners' starting shortstop.
''The speed game. Played good at short. He's ready to go. Ready for a big year,'' Servais said.
EAGER FOR SEAGER
As Seager walked up to bat for the first time in the bottom of the first inning, the public address announcer at Peoria Stadium announced him as ''Corey Seager.'' That would be Seager's younger brother, who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The announcer quickly corrected himself, saying ''Kyle Seager,'' to which Seager responded with a raised fist in the batter's box.
BIG SPRING FOR CROWDS
The Mariners and San Diego Padres combined to draw 240,211 fans to Peoria Stadium this spring training, which is a record for attendance. Friday's crowd was 8,529, which gave the Mariners an attendance record on their own.
ROCKIES: Bergman is expected to start the regular season in the bullpen as a long reliever. He threw 53 pitches in the game.
''Making quality pitches when I have to, that's always important,'' Bergman said. ''I was happy with the way it went.''
MARINERS: Miley completed his first spring training with his new team and didn't care about a final spring earned run average of 4.74 in five starts.
''Obviously a whole new team and I'm able to get to know these guys,'' Miley said. ''We've got a good thing going right now so that's probably the happiest thing I'm about, is getting to know everybody and my new teammates.''
Part of the fun is interacting with the affable ace, Felix Hernandez.
''He likes to have a good time and I'm kind of all about that,'' Miley said. ''You can't come out here and take this too seriously.''
MARINERS: OF Leonys Martin is away from the team after the birth of his child. Martin could rejoin the team is soon as Saturday. ... OF Seth Smith was scratched from the starting lineup before the game with minor groin tightness and replaced by Daniel Robertson in left field. ''He's going to be fine when the bell rings. A little apprehension where he was at. He's not 90 or 100 percent so that was my call,'' Servais said of Smith.
ROCKIES: RHP Jordan Lyles wraps up spring training with a start against the Mariners and No. 5 starter Nathan Karns. The Rockies will remain in Arizona to open the season against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
MARINERS: Karns gets the start, after which the Mariners will head to Texas to open the season on Monday. A workout is scheduled for Sunday in Arlington, Texas.