Peguero’s moon shot propels Seattle to victory

McClatchy news servicesApril 26, 2013 

SEATTLE — Carlos Peguero hit a mammoth homer in his first at-bat of the season, and Kyle Seager had a two-run homer to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-0, on Thursday night.

Peguero hit his solo shot on a 3-2 pitch from Garrett Richards (1-1) in the third inning, 451 feet to deep center. The only two longer home runs in the stadium’s 121/2-year history were 462 feet by San Francisco’s Barry Bonds (June 16, 2006) and 460 feet by Mariners’ Raul Ibañez (June 20, 2007).

It’s believed Peguero is the second player ever to hit the center field batter’s eye. The other was Mike Napoli in 2008. Peguero was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday when Franklin Gutierrez was

placed on the disabled list.

Rookie Brandon Maurer (2-3) went 6 innings to pick up the victory. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one.

Seager extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. That matches the longest streak in the majors this season, as Chicago Cubs’ Starlin Castro and Philadelphia’s Michael Young each had 14. Seager is hitting .412 (21 of 51) during his streak. He moved his average from .147 to .306. It also was his third three-hit game this season.

Jason Bay had two hits and two RBI, and Endy Chavez had three hits.

After posting a 16.20 ERA in his first two starts, Maurer has a 1.89 ERA in his last three games.

The Mariners continued to rally in the third. Bay singled to right and advanced to second on Chavez’s one-out single to right. Seager followed with his single to left, scoring Bay from second.

The Mariners added a pair of runs in the seventh on Bay’s bases-loaded single to left. He is a .287 career hitter with the bases loaded. It was the Mariners’ first hit in 10 tries with the bases loaded this season.

Seager finished the scoring in the eighth when he hit his third home run of the season on a 2-1 pitch Nick Maronde.

ACKLEY’S COMING AROUND

One flicker of light from the Mariners’ 1-5 trip came from second baseman Dustin Ackley, who went 9-for-22 (.409) with two doubles.

When the Mariners opened their homestand Thursday at Safeco Field, Ackley was batting fifth – his highest spot in the order this season. He went 1-for-4 Thursday night to extend his hitting streak to six games

He was asked if he took that as affirmation that manager Eric Wedge has noticed the recent uptick.

“I think so,” Ackley said. “Any time that guys are hitting well, I think you want to get them as many at-bats as you can. I don’t know if that’s what he’s thinking or if he’s just trying to jump the lineup to maybe spark something. You really don’t know what that is, but I’m just going to take it as ‘OK, I’m moving up in the lineup.’ I feel confident.”

HEALTH UPDATES

Wedge said Michael Saunders (shoulder) could be sent to Triple-A Tacoma as early as today to begin work as designated hitter.

ON TAP

The second game of this four-game series begins at 7:10 p.m on Root Sports and 710-AM. Probable starting pitchers are Mariners right-hander Aaron Harang (0-2, 10.24 ERA) and Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson (1-0, 4.00).

Staff writer Don Ruiz contributed to this report.

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