Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 41

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 / 5 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Right fielder Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead the White Sox to a 12-4 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners dropped to 11-17-2 in the final Cactus League game of the spring. Seattle will wrap up the spring schedule with a pair of exhibition games Friday (7:05 pm in Peoria) and Saturday (12:10 pm in Scottsdale) vs. the Rockies. The 2015 season opener is Monday, April 6 vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

The White Sox scored in each of the first four innings to build a 10-1 lead. Garcia recorded a 2-run single in the 2nd inning and a 2-run home run off relief pitcher Dominic Leone in the 4th inning.

Starting pitcher James Paxton (1-2) took the loss allowing 10 hits and 7 runs in 3.1 innings. Closer Fernando Rodney allowed one hit in his scoreless outing (1.0 IP), and has not allowed a run in 8 appearances this spring (7.2 IP).

Center fielder Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double, raising his spring batting average to .351 (20×57).

 

Game Highlights:

Marvelous Mariner:

Taijuan Walker's spring training numbers have got people's attention.

Taijuan Walker’s spring training numbers have got people’s attention.

We could give you a few sentences about how good Taijuan Walker has been this spring for the Mariners, but let the above ESPN graphic do the talking.

Where’s All The Stuff?:

The equipment truck left at noon today and is now on its way to Seattle to get everything ready for Opening Day.

The equipment truck left at noon today and is now on its way to Seattle to get everything ready for Opening Day.

Now that the equipment truck has left, a lot of the areas in the Mariners complex are pretty bare. Most of the bats, uniforms, medical equipment, office supplies, golf clubs, luggage…anything you can think of is now on its way to Seattle. Just another sign that the season is just around the corner.

ROOT SPORTS Interviews:

Robinson Cano checks in with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims.

Robinson Cano checks in with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims.

If you’ve been watching the Mariners games on ROOT SPORTS, you’ve no doubt heard Mike Blowers and Dave Sims interview players during the game. Today, Fernando Rodney, Robinson Cano and Logan Morrison checked in on headset to talk about their spring trainings and getting ready for the season.

Tyler Olson Honored Prior to Game:

Mariners rookie left-hander Tyler Olson was honored prior to today's game.

Mariners rookie left-hander Tyler Olson was honored prior to today’s game.

Mariners rookie left-hander Tyler Olson put together a solid spring, making 10 appearances and not allowing an earned run in 12.2 innings while striking out 15 batters. He was honored prior to the game as the Peoria Sports Complex Rookie of the Year. The Gonzaga product has put himself in good position to make the Mariners Opening Day roster.

Something To Look Forward To:

Game Central – April 1 vs. White Sox

04.01.15 Lineups

Spring #30: Seattle Mariners (11-16-2) vs. Chicago White Sox (10-15-3) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (1-1, 2.57) vs. RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.04)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game on a delay starting at 7 pm…available live via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS will televise today’s game live in the Mariners TV market
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | Spring Schedule | 2015 Schedule
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 40

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 / 6 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz (23) smiles as he celebrates his two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians with Robinson Cano, right, during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz (23) smiles as he celebrates his two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians with Robinson Cano, right, during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Rickie Weeks and Nelson Cruz both hit first-inning home runs but the Indians scored 7 runs off Felix Hernandez in an 8-6 Cleveland win in Cactus League play Tuesday afternoon at Goodyear Stadium.

The Mariners jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the first inning. Weeks hit a tape-measure leadoff home run to center field, and after a Robinson Canó double, Cruz hit a 2-run homer to center field to stake the Mariners to a 3-0 lead.

Cleveland answered with 4 runs in the bottom half of the first off Mariners starter Felix Hernandez. Right fielder Brandon Moss provided the big blow with a 2-run home run to right field. Cleveland added another 3 runs in the second inning on RBI doubles by Michael Bourn and Carlos Santana.

The Mariners scored one run in the second, as Brad Miller tripled and came home on a 2-out RBI single by Austin Jackson. Seattle’s final two runs came in the 8th inning, as Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino slugged RBI doubles.

Game Highlights:

Packing Leads to Tough Decisions:
With the Spring Training schedule coming to a close, and the truck leaving tomorrow to head back to Seattle, everybody is scrambling to pack all their belongings. Sometimes when you pack, you have to make some hard decisions. Clearly, Taijuan Walker is struggling.

Speaking of Packing:

In search of assistance.

In search of assistance.

The Mariners clubhouse guys (Ryan Stiles, Billy Sepich, Chris DeWitt, Pete Fortune, Jeff Bopp and Jason Brody) have been working overtime the last few days to make sure all of the equipment, uniforms, office supplies (and anything else you can think of) make it on to the truck back to Seattle. As you may have read on this blog a few months ago, the Mariner Moose happily helped load the truck when it was on its way to Arizona. As you see above, the clubhouse crew had just one question: “Where is the Mariner Moose when you need him to help pack?”

 950 KJR Arrives In Mariners Camp:
As you may have heard on the airwaves, KJR’s Ian Furness, Jason Puckett and Dave Softy Mahler arrived in Mariners camp and you can hear some of their interviews with Danny Farquhar, Mike Zunino and Fernando Rodney among others.

Fernando Rodney on the Ian Furness Show

Brad Miller on the Ian Furness Show

Danny Farquhar on the Ian Furness Show

Mike Zunino on the Ian Furness Show

J.A. Happ on the Ian Furness Show


Wrapping Up Spring Training Visit:

For those who have read the blog at some point during Spring Training, you no doubt saw some of the great photographs from Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen. Now that she’s back in Seattle getting ready for Opening Day, she’s begun to post some of her favorite photos on her Instagram account. Be sure to check them out.

Tweet of the Day:

Game Central – March 31 at Indians

03.31.15 Lineups

Spring #29: Mariners (11-15-2) at Indians (12-15-1) | 1:05 pm | Goodyear Ballpark
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (0-2, 5.91) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (1-1, 5.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game on a delay starting at 7 pm…available live via mariners.com
TV: No TV for today’s game
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | Spring Schedule | 2015 Schedule
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros

 Game Notes:

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 39

Taijuan Walker allowed 1 run in 7.0 innings today vs. the Angels.

Taijuan Walker allowed 1 run in 7.0 innings today vs. the Angels (AP photo).

Monday, March 30, 2015 / 7 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and hit his 7th home run and Taijuan Walker allowed one run over 7.0 innings to lead the Mariners to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Monday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

Walker (3-0) continued his dominating spring allowing just a Matt Joyce solo home run in his 7.0-inning start, the longest by a Mariners pitcher this spring. Walker struck out 5 and did not walk a batter in his sixth Cactus League start. The right-hander has allowed just 9 hits and one run in 25.0 innings this spring (0.36 ERA), with 24 strikeouts. Dominic Leone notched the save recording the final two outs after the Angels scored a pair of 9th-inning runs.

Trailing 1-0, the Mariners gained the lead with three runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. Consecutive singles by Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager (RBI) tied the game. Zunino followed with a 2-run double to left to give Seattle the lead for good.

Zunino hit his team-leading 7th home run to lead off the 7th inning, the second-most homers in spring training play behind Kris Bryant (9). Canó added to the lead with his first spring homer in the bottom of the 8th inning. In 15 spring games Canó is batting .364 (16×44). Cruz added a pair of hits as the Mariners out-hit the Angels 9-6.

Joyce gave the Angels the early 1-0 lead with a solo home run to open the 2nd inning. After the homer and a pair of singles, Walker settled down and retired the final 17 batters he faced in his outing.

Game Highlights:

He Is STRONG:
Everybody knows that catcher Mike Zunino is strong, but if his spring homers are any indication, he’s going to have a big year in the power department. He not only had a double and a home run in today’s game, he upped his team lead with his 7th home run of the spring.  Zunino ranks 2nd in the Cactus League (and all of spring training) with 7 home runs and trails only Kris Bryant (9) of the Cubs. His 7 home runs are not only 2nd-most in spring training play, but also 2 off Mariners spring club record of 9 set by Michael Morse in 2013. Russell Branyan (2009) and Kendrys Morales (2013) hit 7 Cactus League homers, & Mike Wilson hit 8 spring home runs in 2009.

Not Bad, Kid:

Taijuan Walker discusses his outing with the Seattle beat group.

Taijuan Walker discusses his outing with the Seattle beat group.

Taijuan Walker wasn’t untouchable this spring, but he came pretty darn close. Having entered the game not allowing a run in 18.0 innings this spring, he fired an efficient 7.0 innings of one run ball with only 72 pitches. When you add up the numbers, that’s an 0.36 ERA (1 ER, 25.0 IP).

Felix Hernandez In High Demand With Venezuelan Media:

Felix Hernandez chats with Venezuela's Deportes Union Radio.

Felix Hernandez chats with Venezuela’s Deportes Union Radio.

When you’re Felix Hernandez, you not only pitch the team to victories on the field, you also make times for media and fans in Seattle and other parts of the world. Felix has been popular with Venezuelan media this spring (obviously) and he makes sure to make time to them and by extension, his following in Venezuela. Today, Deportes Union Radio spent some time with the King.

Is Too Much Sun A Bad Thing?:
It’s hard to complain when the sun is out down here…but at what point is it too hot? The game time temperature today was 91 degrees. If you’re not sure if that’s too hot, ask Nelson Cruz.

GIF of the Day:

Photos of the Day:

Victor Sanchez (1995-2015)

Victor

The Mariners lost a member of the family on Saturday night as Venezuelan prospect Victor Sanchez succumbed to injuries sustained in mid February. He was just 20 years old.

Victor may be gone, but not forgotten, as various members of the baseball family had their way of remembering him on a tough day.

Greg Johns has the story of Jabari Henry, who hit a home run in yesterday’s game and said “one hundred percent, that was for him. All of today was all for him.”

Diario Panorama’s Augusto Cardenas checked in with Felix Hernandez about the passing of a young man who left us too soon.

Felix Hernandez sits next to Victor Sanchez's jersey prior to the game. (credit: Augusto Cardenas)

Felix Hernandez sits next to Victor Sanchez’s jersey prior to the game. (credit: Augusto Cardenas)

The Mariners during a moment of silence for Victor Sanchez.

The Mariners during a moment of silence for Victor Sanchez.

The Clinton LumberKings, the Mariners Single-A affiliate posted a clip from the final out of Victor’s no-hitter there in 2013.

Makeshift Memorial Begins In Front of Spring Training Offices

Teammates and fans have begun a memorial in front of the Spring offices in Arizona for Victor Sanchez.

Teammates and fans have begun a memorial in front of the Spring offices in Arizona for Victor Sanchez.

Game Central – March 30 vs. Angels

Lineup

Spring #28: Seattle Mariners (10-15-2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (13-11-1) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (2-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Nick Tropeano (0-0, 3.48)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game live…available live via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS NW will televise today’s game live (in Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data of today’s game

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | Spring Schedule | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 38

Sunday, March 29, 2015 / 8 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Dustin Ackley went 2-for-3 with his first home run, but the Mariners came up short in a 8-5 loss to the San Diego Padres Sunday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Padres jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after three innings. Wil Myers and Matt Kemp both homered off Happ as part of the three-run first inning.

Minor league outfielder Jabari Henry plated the Mariners first run with a leadoff home run in the top of the 4th inning off Padres starter Andrew Cashner. Henry finished 2-for-5 with 2 RBI.

Ackley fueled the Mariners three-run 7th inning with a 2-run, opposite field home run off left-handed relief pitcher Chris Rearick.

Starting pitcher J.A. Happ (1-3) suffered the loss allowing 11 hits and 6 runs (5 ER) in 5.0 innings. He walked a pair, struck out three and allowed two home runs.

Game Highlights:

Chris Taylor Progressing: 
Shortstop Chris Taylor continues to progress after fracturing the triquetrum bone in his right wrist the middle of March. Although he’s taken the field before today, he took grounders at the half field this morning but did not throw.

Felix Hernandez Checks In With Diario Panorama:
Diario Panorama’s Augusto Cardenas checked in with Felix Hernandez about his expectations for the season, his preparation and the clubs new additions this offseason. Be on the lookout for his work (in Spanish) on panorama.com.ve

Diario Panorama's Augusto Cardenas checked in with Felix Hernandez.

Diario Panorama’s Augusto Cardenas checked in with Felix Hernandez.

Even Felix’s Bullpens Draw A Crowd:
When you’re the King, even the day-to-day things you do draw a crowd. Felix Hernandez had a bullpen session this morning in advance of his start on Tuesday against the Indians and had quite the following as you can see.

Felix Hernandez works on his pitches during a bullpen session (credit: Bettina Hansen - Seattle Times).

Felix Hernandez works on his pitches during a bullpen session (credit: Bettina Hansen – Seattle Times).

The Fernando Rodney Experience:
If you’ve spend any time around Fernando Rodney, you know that he likes to dance. Today was no different.

Mariners Trim Roster Down To 28 Players:
Today’s roster moves leave the Mariners with 28 players in their Major League camp: 27 roster players and 1 non-roster invitee.

Optioned to AAA Tacoma (2):

  • Left-Handed Pitcher (1):    Roenis Elias
  • Right-Handed Pitcher (1):  Carson Smith

Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp (8):

  • Right-handed Pitchers (3): Mark Lowe, Jordan Pries, Kevin Correia
  • Left-Handed Pitchers (1):  Joe Saunders
  • Infielders (2):                    Shawn O’Malley, Carlos Rivero
  • Catcher (1):                      John Baker
  • Outfielder (1):                   Endy Chavez

Game Central – March 29 at Padres

03.29.15 Lineups

Spring #27: Seattle Mariners (10-14-2) vs. San Diego Padres (13-11-1) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP J.A. Happ (1-2, 7.27) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-0, 3.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game live…available live via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS NW will televise today’s game live (in Mariners TV territory)…MLB Network will air the game outside of the Mariners TV market (check local listings)
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data of today’s game

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | Spring Schedule | 2015 Schedule
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | Facebook

Sanchez

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 37

Saturday, March 28, 2015 / 9 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Catcher Mike Zunino hit a pair of home runs, but the Seattle Mariners let a late lead slip away allowing 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning in a 9-8 loss to the San Francisco Giants Saturday afternoon in front 11,173 fans at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners have dropped four straight games to fall to 10-14-2 in Cactus League play.

Seattle led 8-4 entering the 9th inning, before the Giants scored 5 runs off relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (1-2). Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson hit a game-tying 2-run triple and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Mark Lowe.

Zunino hit solo home runs to lead off the 2nd and 6th innings, giving him a team-leading 6 home runs this spring. Zunino also recorded a multi-homer game March 20 at Texas.

Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma allowed 5 hits and 4 runs in 5.0 innings. The Right-hander struck out 4 batters and walked a pair in his third Cactus League start.

The Mariners erased an early 1-0 Giants lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Robinson Canó drove in a run on a double to left field and Nelson Cruz put the Mariners ahead with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Zunino led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with the first of his two home runs to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead. After the Giants retook the lead on a 3-run home run by Justin Maxwell, Seattle answered right back with a 3-run inning of its own. Kyle Seager tied the game with a solo home run to right field to open the frame, and run-scoring singles by Willie Bloomquist and Justin Ruggiano followed to extend the lead.

Hit it Hard
Mike Zunino homered twice in today’s game, his fifth and sixth longballs of the spring. It was also his second two-homer game this spring (also: March 20 at Texas in Surprise). Mike’s six homers trail only Kris Bryant (Chicago-NL) this spring.

Game Highlights:

 

Who Is The Mariners Opening Day Starter?

Looking For Mariners Autographs? Come to Arizona:
Spring Training is pretty laid back for the players and staff and that gives fans an opportunity to get up close to their favorite Mariners. Every day, Mariners personnel stop to sign autographs and today was no different as Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager both took time to sign for fans.

Robinson Cano signs after taking BP.

Robinson Cano signs after taking BP.

Kyle Seager signs autographs by the bullpen area.

Kyle Seager signs autographs by the bullpen area.

Opening Day Thoughts:
MLB.com’s Greg Johns chatted with Manager Lloyd McClendon about what will be his 35th Opening Day and how special those are to start the year. On Sunday, Greg will check in with Felix Hernandez to chat about making another Opening Day start for the Mariners. Be on the lookout at Mariners.com to watch the full interviews when they get posted.

MLB.com's Greg Johns chats with Lloyd McClendon about Opening Day.

MLB.com’s Greg Johns chats with Lloyd McClendon about Opening Day.

Crowding In
The Mariners had another nice crowd today in Peoria, drawing 11,173 for the Giants game. That brought the spring total to 114,605, an average of 8,816 in the 13 games played so far. The 114,605 is already the most fans Seattle has drawn to spring since drawing 120,358 to 15 games in 2010. At this pace, Seattle will close out the spring with an attendance of over 141,000 fans; the club’s all-time spring attendance mark was set in 2002 when 145,146 came to 15 games in Peoria.

 

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