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Mariners’ young talent on display vs. Reds

Field Level Media

September 11, 2019 at 9:04 am.

The Seattle Mariners got another glimpse into their future.

And outfielder Kyle Lewis certainly made a favorable first impression.

Lewis, in his major league debut, broke up a no-hit bid by Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer in the fifth inning Tuesday night with a 426-foot home run deep into the Mariners’ bullpen in left-center field.

It was a matchup of former Golden Spikes Award winners as the top collegiate player — Bauer won the award at UCLA in 2011 and Lewis in 2016 at Mercer.

Fellow rookie Dylan Moore and Kyle Seager also homered for the Mariners, the latter a two-run shot in the eighth inning to give Seattle a 4-3 victory in the opener of a three-game interleague series at T-Mobile Park. The series continues Wednesday.

“I was trying to keep it as simple as possible,” said Lewis, the Mariners’ first-round draft pick in 2016. “I was trying not to make things bigger than they are. But when I hit that, it was definitely like an out-of-body experience.”

To make matters better, Lewis’ parents were in the stands.

“It was really special,” Lewis said. “They were really nervous before the game. I was glad I was able to get a hit for them. I just wanted one hit.”

The Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak, which matched their worst of the season (set five times).

Lewis was among four players who joined the Mariners on Tuesday after Double-A Arkansas’ playoff run ended in the Texas League. He was joined by right-handers Justin Dunn and Art Warren and infielder Donnie Walton.

When Walton entered the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement, he became the 65th player used by the Mariners this season, a major league record. The previous mark of 64 was set by the 2017 Texas Rangers. The Mariners’ total includes another record with 19 rookies.

“It doesn’t matter where we are in the standings, or what our win-loss record is, when you’ve got guys that are debuting and guys that are young and just getting here, there’s an excitement level there,” Seager told MLB.com. “There’s a learning level. Every day brings something new. It can be a lot of fun, and there are certainly a lot of teaching moments.”

Cincinnati rookie Brian O’Grady also hit his first major league homer Tuesday, as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.

“Huge pinch-hit home run by Brian O’Grady,” Reds manager David Bell said. “That was fun to see and it was a big hit in the game. We were almost able to hold onto that lead that he gave us.”

Wednesday’s game is scheduled to feature Reds right-hander Sonny Gray (10-6, 2.75) against Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales (14-11, 4.37 ERA).

Gray has won five straight decisions. He is coming off two straight no-decisions despite allowing only two runs (one earned) over 12 2/3 innings.

Gray has made 11 career starts against Seattle, going 5-2 with a 2.71 ERA.

Gonzales is 0-0 with a 6.75 in two relief appearances covering just 2 2/3 innings against the Reds.