The Cubs’ Pete Crow-Armstrong (70) beats a tag by Mariners second baseman Kolten Wong (16) to steal second base during the second inning of a spring training game Monday in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

The Cubs’ Pete Crow-Armstrong (70) beats a tag by Mariners second baseman Kolten Wong (16) to steal second base during the second inning of a spring training game Monday in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Mariners fall to Cubs in Castillo’s 2nd start of spring

Seattle’s ace allows two runs in two-plus innings and Cade Marlowe hits his second spring homer in the 6-2 defeat.

By Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times

Cubs 6, Mariners 2 at Peoria Stadium

PEORIA, Ariz. — Luis Castillo made his second start of the spring, working 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The Cubs picked up the two runs in the first inning as Castillo eased into his outing, not showing his regular-season velocity or movement. While some fans might get scared noticing that he never had a fastball go over 93 mph, this is typical of Castillo’s buildup to the regular season.

“We’re getting there and the rhythm is getting there, the repertoire that I have is getting better, the pitches that I’m throwing are getting better,” Castillo said through interpreter Freddy Llanos. “It’s my second start so you know little by little we’re getting there to get ready for the season.”

The Mariners managed just two runs. Cal Raleigh’s double to score Ty France in the third inning was Seattle’s first run. Cade Marlowe produced the second run, smashing a solo homer over the wall in deep right-center. It was his second homer of the spring.

Player of the game

Top pitching prospect Bryce Miller gave the Mariners a dominant performance, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing two hits while striking out four batters. His fastball routinely hit 98 mph, generating several swings and misses.

“It all felt good,” Miller said. “As it went on, I kind of lost (my) feel with the off-speed. But the fastball was there all day. It was good.”


“Bryce Miller was outstanding again. It’s his second time out, and he showed a really good fastball, ton of strikes, a lot of swing and miss on the fastball. He’s got the secondary pitches to go along with it.” — manager Scott Servais

On tap

The Mariners have their first of two days without a game on the Cactus League schedule. They will return to action on Wednesday evening at Camelback Ranch where they will face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Right-hander Logan Gilbert will get the start for Seattle. Also expected to pitch for Seattle are right-handers Emerson Hancock, Taylor Dollard, Penn Murfee, Trevor Gott and Riley O’Brien. The Dodgers will start right-hander Tony Gonsolin. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by Spectrum Sports Los Angeles with a stream on MLB TV. It will also have a live radio broadcast on Seattle Sports 710 and

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