LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Henry Blanco and Angel Echevarria hit solo
homers off Dan Reichert in the ninth inning as the Chicago Cubs
beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Saturday in the last exhibition game
for both teams.
Echevarria hit the first pitch from Mariners relief pitcher Dan
Reichert over the left-field fence at Cashman Stadium to tie the
score 2-2 and Blanco followed with a one-out homer to left to win
Blanco also drove in a run with a single in the seventh.
Cubs starter Renyel Pinto allowed one run in four hitless
innings as Chicago wound up spring training at 15-17. The Cubs
opener the season Monday at Arizona. Seattle, which went 13-16,
starts at home Monday against Minnesota.
Pinto left the game trailing 1-0 after his wild pitch in the
first inning allowed the Mariners' Jeremy Reed to score. Blanco's
RBI single in the seventh drove in Echevarria, who had doubled, to
tie the score 1-1.
Mariners 18-year-old pitching prospect Felix Hernandez gave up
three hits and two walks in four scoreless innings.<
Notes: After the game, the Cubs announced they sent OF David
Kelton and RHP Sergio Mitre to Triple-A Iowa. ... Mariners leadoff
hitter Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-2 Saturday to finish the two-game
series 0-for-7. Suzuki finished with a .436 exhibition average.