Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 19
Monday, March 4, 2013 / 28 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 35 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
Mariners Win 10th Straight:
Casper Wells went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI and fell a home run short of the cycle as the Mariners slugged their way to a 16-6 victory over the Rockies at Peoria Stadium. The win extended the Mariners (10-1) spring winning streak to 10 consecutive games. Raul Ibañez (#2) and Kyle Seager (#1) hit home runs to lead the 16-hit parade. Ibañez (2×2, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Wells (3×4, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 5 RBI), Eric Thames (2×5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Kelly Shoppach (2×4, 2B, 3 RBI), Carlos Triunfel (2×5) and Carlos Peguero (2×3, 2 R, 2B) all recorded multi-hit games as the Mariners tied their spring-high in hits. You can view a full box score and recap on Mariners.com. Here are some video highlights from the game via MLB.com.
The Mariners extended their winning streak to 10 consecutive games, blowing past the old spring training record winning streak of 8 games from March 28-April 4, 1993. Pretty amazing to think the Mariners opened spring play on February 22 with a 9-3 loss vs. the Padres, and have not lost since.
Home Run Derby:
The Mariners hit two more home runs (Ibañez & Seager) giving Seattle 24 home runs in 11 games this spring, the most in baseball (Cactus or Grapefruit League). The Mariners have now collected multi-homer games in each of the last eight contests, and have had 16 different players hit at least one home run.
Zags are No. 1:
For the first time a Washington college sits atop the college basketball national rankings as the Gonzaga Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 this morning. Jason Bay, who played baseball at Gonzaga in 1999 and 2000, proudly wore a Gonzaga shirt into the clubhouse this morning.
Jay Buhner arrived in camp today, as well. Jay will spend the week working with our big league, and minor league, players. Ken Griffey Jr. and Dan Wilson are also expected to be in Peoria this spring to help pass the Mariners way on to younger players.
Tweet of the Day:
Another beautiful (and hot) day in Peoria with first pitch temperature registering 73°. We are expecting one of our first days in the 80’s tomorrow.
Meeting Du Jour:
The big league team had a slightly longer meeting than usual today before the start of the workout. Mariners team medical director Dr. Ed Khalfayan spent a few minutes educating the players on the Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol. Then representatives from Major League Baseball and the Mariners security departments talked about security procedures for the players and their families.
Getting Crowded in Here:
After three days of minor league meetings, minor league pitchers and catchers arrived in camp today. Sixty-one players were scheduled to go through physicals today, and be on the field tomorrow morning. Minor league games are scheduled to begin March 16.
Today’s Small World Moment:
Jim Caple from ESPN.com arrived in camp today. He’s in Arizona to cover both the World Baseball Classic, and to visit a number of team’s spring training sites. Caple was greeted by Mariners clubbie Jeff Bopp in the home clubhouse with a chant of “let’s go Monarchs”. As it turns out, both Jeff and Jim grew up in Longview, WA, but attended rival high schools. Bopp went to Mark Morris (the Monarchs), and Jim attended RA Long (the Lumberjacks). While they were discussing the possibility of the two high schools being combined, Ryan Stiles walked into the conversation. Stiles, the Mariners equipment manager, also grew up in Longview and attended RA Long. Jim and Ryan compared notes on teachers and athletes from RA Long.
Mariners television director Mark Engelbrekt arrived in Peoria for today’s first spring training telecast on ROOT Sports. Mark’s son, Max, is a true freshman at Oregon State University and is pitching for the 5th-ranked Beavers. If you ask, Mark is happy to share the stats he carries in his back pocket (in 5 relief appearances, Max is 2-0 with 2 saves and a 0.00 ERA, having allowed just 2 hits, struck out 8 and not allowed a walk in 9.0 innings pitched), or show you photos or video of Max pitching. The Beavers are off to an 11-0 start.
Today’s game was broadcast on TV on ROOT Sports, and in case you missed it, the game will re-air at 10:30 pm PT tonight. It will actually be a full night of Mariners Baseball on ROOT, as Mariners All-Access – Spring Training will air at 7 pm and Mariners Mondays will follow at 7:30 pm. The next Mariners game on TV will be March 17 vs. the Rangers.
On Tap Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 5):
Mariners (10-1) players and staff (for the most part) will enjoy their first off day of the spring tomorrow. They return to Cactus League action Wednesday hosting the Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria Stadium (1:05 MT/12:05 PT). It will also likely be a day off for the blog, but we’ll get things rolling again Wednesday and try to share with you what some of the guys did on the off day (there may be some golf and pool time involved).