Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 25

Camelback Ranch in Glendale.

Camelback Ranch in Glendale.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 30 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Mariners Fall to Dodgers:
The Mariners allowed a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, wiping out a 2-1 lead and sending the club to 3-2 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Cactus League play on Saturday. After winning 10 of their first 11 spring training games, Seattle has lost three of their last four to fall to 11-4. Seattle jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning behind four consecutive singles by Dustin Ackley, Jesus Sucre, Brendan Ryan and Franklin Gutierrez (2 RBI). Gutierrez finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. The Mariners collected 11 hits but just one extra base hit (Michael Morse double). It was the first game this spring that the Mariners failed to homer. Right-hander Jon Garland made a strong start, working 3.0 innings and allowing 1 run on 3 hits.

B Game vs. the Padres:
The Mariners and Padres played a 6-inning B game at Peoria Stadium at 10 am. The Mariners won 6-3, in a game played with pretty loose rules. For instance, the Mariners scored four runs with the first seven batters reaching base in the first inning, and then the teams switched sides. B games are all about getting players extra at-bats and work on the mound. Jason Bay went 1-for-2 with 2 walks and a three-run home run, and Robert Andino, Brad Miller and Vinnie Catricala all recorded multi-hit games. Left-hander Joe Saunders started and allowed 3 runs (2 ER) in 2.2 innings (53 pitches, 32 strikes).

The view from the B game this morning vs. the Padres.

The view from the B game this morning vs. the Padres.

Last Call for the Bus:
There is no mistaking when last call for the team bus on road trips is, because Felix Hernandez will let you know. Felix walked around the clubhouse today with a blow horn from one of the clubbies, announcing the bus was about to leave for Glendale.

Brotherly Love:
Prior to today’s game the Seager brothers, Kyle and Corey, got a chance to take their first photo together in professional baseball uniforms. Kyle, of course is the Mariners third baseman, and his brother, Corey, was selected in the first round of the 2012 Draft by the Dodgers (18th overall).

Corey and Kyle Seager.

Corey and Kyle Seager.

Tweet of the Day:

Must Have Been Stuck in Traffic:
A group of Mariners players (Brad Miller, Julio Morban, Francisco Martinez, Carlos Triunfel) jogged into the stadium down the left field line in the middle of the first inning after arriving late from the morning B game vs. the Padres. Must have been the bad traffic along Camelback road.

Saunders on Fire for Team Canada:
Michael Saunders
went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk in Canada’s 10-3 win over Mexico. In two WBC games, Saunders is batting .857 (6-for-7) with 3 doubles, 5 RBI and a 2.175 OPS (1.286 SLG, .889 OBP).

Michael Saunders is 6-for-7 in two games for Canada in the WBC. (AP Photo)

Michael Saunders is 6-for-7 in two games for Canada in the WBC. (AP Photo)

Doing Double Duty:
Former LA manager and longtime Dodgers front office executive Tommy Lasorda has been with the US World Baseball Classic team this month. Lasorda arrived in the middle of the first inning at Camelback Ranch, in full uniform, and was greeted by a round of applause.

Always a Good Draw:
Today’s attendance at Camelback Ranch was 10,330, a crowd bolstered by a loud Seattle contingent. It was the largest crowd for a Dodgers home game this spring…by over 5,000 fans.

On Tap Tomorrow (Sunday, March 10):
The Mariners (11-4) will look to get back on the winning track tomorrow hosting the White Sox at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm PT). Right-hander Andrew Carraway (0-, 2.25) is scheduled to make his first spring start (4th appearance) against White Sox right-hander Dylan Axelrod. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 710 Seattle and Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv).

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