Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 26

Day 26 / Thursday, March 8, 2012 / 20 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 36 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

The cooler weather seems to have passed, and temperatures were again in the low 70’s today. First pitch in Scottsdale for the B game at 10 a.m. was 62° and for the Cactus League game in Mesa was 65°. The high for the day in the Peoria area was 71°.

Mariners Remain Hot With 5th Straight Win:
Dustin Ackley
hit a tie-breaking three-run home run and starting pitcher Kevin Millwood allowed one run in 3.0 innings to send the Mariners to their fifth consecutive Cactus League victory in a 10-3 win over the Cubs at Hohokam Stadium. The Mariners improved to 6-1 in spring training play with their fifth consecutive win. The Mariners trailed 1-0 after four innings, but posted a four-run 5th inning. Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki singled to drive in catcher Miguel Olivo to tie the game at 1-1, and Ackley followed with a 3-run homer to right field (on the 10th pitch of the at-bat) to give Seattle a 4-1 cushion. Backup catcher Guillermo Quiroz added a two-run home run and third baseman Alex Liddi drove in a pair with a double.

Starting pitcher Kevin Millwood allowed 1 run in 3.0 innings today vs. the Cubs.

Mariners Also Victorious in B Game:
The Mariners also played, a won, a B Game today, defeating the Colorado Rockies 7-3. Highlights included starting pitcher Hector Noesi allowing 1 run on 2 hits in 3.0 innings pitched, and reliever Oliver Perez notching the win with 2.0 innings of relief. RHP Steve Delabar struck out all three batters he faced. Trayvon Robinson collected 3 RBI, including a 2-run homer, and Jesus Sucre was 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI. John Jaso also was 2-for-3.

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Busy Days Ahead:
The Mariners have a couple of busy days ahead, scheduled to play four games over the next three days. Seattle hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow afternoon in Peoria (1:05 p.m.), and be split on Saturday for a pair of games vs. the Dodgers (1:05 p.m. in Peoria) and Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. in Scottsdale). The Mariners will travel to Scottsdale on Sunday to face the Giants.

On Tap Tomorrow (3/9):
vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Location: Peoria Stadium
1:05 p.m. MT/12:05 p.m. PT
Pitching Match-up:
LHP Jason Vargas (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (0-0, 0.00)
The game return to the live airwaves tomorrow on 710 ESPN Seattle and select stations on the Mariners Radio Network. The game will also available on for subscribers.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers:
3/10 vs. LAD (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Hisashi Iwakuma vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi
3/10 at ARI (7:10 p.m.) – RHP Erasmo Ramirez vs. TBA
3/11 at SF (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Felix Hernandez vs. LHP Eric Surkamp
3/12 vs. TEX (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Blake Beavan vs. LHP Matt Harrison

– JE


M’s are looking mighty good so far this spring. Can they keep it up?

Hope springs eternal for the boys of summer. I look forward to a great year.

Keep it up Mariner’s will be down to watch some games next week, can’t wait!

I am SO tickled to watch these kids this spring! I can’t wait to see how they are treated in Japan, and even more so, can’t wait till they open at Safeco. I have such HIGH hopes this year, They just seem so different this spring–so ON. I am a believer!

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