GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Carlos Peguero made the most noise at Goodyear Ballpark. Until the beeping began, that is.
Peguero hit two home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday in an exhibition game delayed for 5 minutes by a false alarm.
An emergency evacuation warning went off in the eighth inning. An alarm beeped loudly throughout the stadium and an automated voice over the public address system repeatedly gave instructions to leave the ballpark.
Umpires huddled, players looked at one another and a few fans cleared the stands.
“That was a first for me,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I was looking around like everybody else, wondering what was going on.”
So did Indians manager Terry Francona.
“The fourth time, when the guy said walk (to the exits), I said forget that, I’m running,” he said.
The scoreboard soon flashed “False Alarm” and play resumed.
Mariners prospects Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker combined to pitch four scoreless innings.
Hultzen, a 2011 first-round pick, struck out four over two innings.
“Danny has been impressive early on,” Wedge said of the left-hander, who gave up one hit and walked two.
Walker, a 2010 supplemental first-round choice, fanned two over two hitless innings with one walk.
Wedge is looking for something other than strikeouts and perfect innings, however.
“I don’t get caught up in numbers,” he said. “It’s more about their stuff and the way they handle themselves. You don’t want them to try and do too much.”
Wedge wants the outfielder to be more patient at the plate. Peguero, 26, has eight homers, but only nine walks and 82 strikeouts in 199 big-league at-bats.