Spring Training Update – Day 37

Day 37 (The one day late edition)/ Saturday, March 31, 2012 / 13 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

Weather:
It was 90° and sunny at game time but it quickly cooled down as the sun set.

Tweet of the Day:

Game Recap vs. Padres: Recap | Box Score
The Mariners gave their regular starters a night off after arriving from Japan yesterday morning and the prospects took advantage of the opportunity as they defeated the San Diego Padres 6-1 in Cactus League play in front of 5,773 at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners used a lineup of mostly minor leaguers as the team was still adjusting to the time change after arriving from Japan yesterday morning.

Kevin Millwood made his fifth appearance and fourth start of the spring and tossed 7.0 innings of one-run ball. He scattered five hits while striking out a spring-high 8 batters. He threw 97 pitches, 59 for strikes. In his last four Cactus League appearances he is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA (3 ER, 19.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts. Millwood has already been named to the Mariners starting rotation.

The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI triple by shortstop Brad Miller that scored Denny Almonte and an RBI single to left by Rich Poythress. After the Padres got within a run in the fifth, the Mariners countered with two runs in the sixth on back-to-back RBI singles by DH Joe Dunigan and catcher Jesus Sucre. The Mariners capped the scoring with a solo home run by Daniel Carroll in the seventh, and a solo shot by catcher John Hicks in the eighth inning.

Poythress finished the night 3-for-4 with an RBI and Stefen Romero and Sucre each collected multi-hit games. Eight different Mariners collected hits and six different players scored a run.

Bankers Hours:
After returning from Japan yesterday morning, and had a short “workout” in the afternoon to make sure they didn’t go to sleep too early (to counteract the time difference). Despite that, players, broadcasters, coaches and front office staff came in with stories about their odd sleep schedules. Some went to bed too early and woke up in the middle of the night, others stayed up as late as they could but still failed to make it through the night.

With stretched time scheduled for 2:30 pm, players got the chance to sleep in a little bit. When they arrived, they were told that after the workout they did not have to stay for the night game. The only player projected to be on the 25-man roster that went to the game was starting pitcher Kevin Millwood.

Upcoming Pitching Probables:
Sunday, April 1 vs. Kansas City: RHP Blake Beavan
Monday, April 2 vs. Colorado: RHP Erasmo Ramirez
Tuesday, April 3 at Colorado: Staff Day
Wednesday, April 4 at Colorado: Hector Noesi

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