Sunday’s Intrasquad (Almost) Live Blog
Once again, we’ll try to update you as best we can during today’s Intrasquad Game in Peoria. We’ll post highlights as they happen and a complete box score after the completion of the 9-inning game. We hope you are able to get a feel for what is going on down here in Peoria. Be sure to check back for updates (hit F5 to refresh your browser).
Final Score – The home team beat the visitors 7-3. Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-3 with a home run, Dustin Ackley hit a two-run home run and Justin Smoak recorded 2 hits. Here is a complete box score:
9th Inning - RHP Yoervis Medina heads to the mound to face a couple of the Mariners top prospects, Ramon Morla, Phillips Castillo and Stefan Romero.
Vinnie Catricala hit a screaming double high off the left-center field fence for his second extra base hit. Carlos Triunfel just scored on a wild pitch by Philippe Valiquette to increase the home team lead to 7-3. Valiquette struck out the side to end the game.
8th Inning - LHP Sean Henn worked a 1-2-3 top of the 8th inning by getting three groundouts (Peguero, Henriquez, Martinez).
LHP Steve Garrison will pitch the bottom of the 8th. John Jaso leads off with a single down the left field line and advances to second on an error. And we are going to the 9th inning with the home team leading 6-3.
7th Inning - RHP Matt Fox is now pitching for the home team. Fox allowed a leadoff single to Nick Franklin, but did not allow a run.
RHP Scott Patterson now in to pitch the bottom of the 7th inning. Vinnie Catricala just hit a deep home run to left field. Home team leads 6-3.
6th Inning - RHP Jarrett Grube now pitching, Vinnie Catricala at 3B, Carlos Triunfel at SS, minor leaguer Eric Campbell at 2B, John Jaso at 1B, Mike Wilson in RF and Chih-Hsien Chiang in CF.
RHP Jeff Marquez now pitching. Lot’s of defensive changes. Ramon Morla is at 1B, Stefan Romero at 2B, Francisco Martinez at 3B, Ralph Henriquez at C and Phillips Castillo in RF. Still 5-4 home team.
5th Inning - LHP Mauricio Robles now in to pitch for the visitors. He is scheduled to face Franklin, Gutierrez and Jimenez. Robles got Franklin to strikeout looking to open the inning. Guti continues to look strong, driving a ball to left field for his third hit of the game.
Heading to the bottom of the 5th and we have our first defensive changes. RHP Josh Kinney is in to pitch, Carlos Peguero is now in left field and Darren Ford is in center field. Munenori Kawasaki led off the bottom of the 5th with a triple down the right field line, and scored on a single to center by Chone Figgins. Dustin Ackley just hit a two-run home run off Kinney to give the home team a 5-3 lead.
[Just got word that Brendan Ryan has a left foot contusion from when he fouled a ball of his instep, and is day-to-day.]
4th Inning – RHP Tom Wilhelmsen now in to pitch the top of the 4th inning. Alex Liddi singled with one out, but was thrown out by Miguel Olivo trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. Michael Saunders drew his second walk and scored on a double by Luis Rodriguez. Rodriguez was caught in a run-down to end the inning.
University of Washington product Forrest Snow is now in to pitch the bottom of the 4th. Snow quickly got two outs on a groundout (Olivo) and flyout (Wells), before Adam Moore lined a ball sharply off third baseman Kyle Seager for a single. Robinson flew out to left to end the inning. Through 4.0 innings, Mariners #2 leads 3-2.
3rd Inning - All-Star closer Brandon League now in to pitch the top of the third inning. He will face Gutierrez, Ryan and Carp to start the inning. Gutierrez adds his second hit of the game with a single to left field. Brendan Ryan just fouled a ball off his foot and it looks like he is going to come out of the game. Luis Jimenez is going to pinch-hit with the count 1-2. Jimenez struck out, but statistically it is credited to Ryan. Mike Carp just worked a 9-pitch walk, and now there are runners on first and second with two outs. Montero struck out to end the inning.
Beavan remains in the game for his second inning of work. Munenori Kawasaki grounded out to third and Chone Figgins worked a 5-pitch walk to open the frame. With Figgins running on the play, Dustin Ackley executed a perfect hit-and-run with a sharp single to center field to move Figgins to 3rd base. Ichiro followed with a run-scoring single to right field, scoring Figgins and moving Ackley to 3rd. Justin Smoak followed with another run-scoring single to tie the game at 2-2. Due to a pitch-count limit on Beavan, the inning ended with 2 runners on base and only one out. Beavan threw 1.1 innings (34 pitches/22 strikes).
2nd Inning - RHP Hector Noesi is now in to pitch. Kyle Seager led off the 2nd inning with a sharp single to right-center. Noesi then got Alex Liddi to ground into a 5-4-3 double play that featured a nice turn by Ackley at second base. Michael Saunders drew a 6-pitch walk, stole second base, and scored on a single to right field by Luis Rodriguez. Nick Franklin struck out to end the inning. Noesi threw 20 pitches/112 strikes. After an inning and a half, Mariners #2 holds a 2-0 lead. Blake Beavan now in to pitch the bottom of the 2nd. Miguel Olivo led off the bottom of the 2nd with a sharp single to center field, but was thrown out by Jesus Montero trying to steal second base. Adam Moore hit a two-out triple to center field that was lost in the sun by Franklin Gutierrez. Moore was stranded on third when Beavan got Trayvon Robinson to fly out to left field to end the inning.
1st Inning - Franklin Gutierrez led off with a solo home run to left field on a 2-1 inside fastball from Felix. He then got Brendan Ryan to strikeout swinging, and Mike Carp and Jesus Montero to fly out to right field. He threw 14 pitches/10 strikes. Kevin Millwood is starting for the visitors (we are calling them Mariners #2 for box score purposes only). Millwood worked a pretty clean inning, getting Chone Figgins and Ichiro to fly out, Justin Smoak to ground out, and Dustin Ackley reached on an error. Millwood threw 11 pitches/9 strikes.
12:40 – The teams have finished warming up, Felix is about to make his way from the bullpen and we’ll get going shortly.
11:50 – The team is off the field from the morning workout and will start the Intrasquad game in less than an hour at 12:45 p.m. on Field 1 here in Peoria. We posted them this morning, but here are the starting lineups again for today’s game: