Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 / 19 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 26 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
Hisashi Iwakuma retired the first nine batters he faced, and turned in a solid 4.0-inning start, but it was not enough in a 4-2 loss against the Royals at Surprise Stadium. After opening spring play with a 10-4 record, the Mariners (11-7) have dropped six of their last seven games, including a current four-game losing streak. Left-hander Danny Hultzen (1.0 IP, 1 H) and Stephen Pryor (1.0 IP, 3 K) turned in scoreless relief efforts. The Mariners were out-hit 9-4 by the Royals, with Kyle Seager going 2-for-4 with one RBI and Carlos Triunfel adding his first home run of the spring, becoming the 20th Mariner to hit a homer in Cactus League play. Here is a box score from MLB.com.
2 Outs, So What:
Kyle Seager recorded his first two-out RBI of the spring with a single in the top of the sixth inning. Seager was of course Mr. 2-out RBI last season, ranking second in the American League (behind Miguel Cabrera) with 44 2-out RBI.
The Mariners award-winning commercials were unveiled today on Mariners.com. the six spots feature nine players and Manager Eric Wedge. Fans can vote for their favorite commercial by visiting the following link at Mariners.com. In addition to running on the website, they will begin to air on Sunday when (coincidence?) the Mariners game vs. the Rangers will be televised by ROOT Sports. Let us know what your favorite commercial was this year!
Center field Teammates:
Today’s starting lineup featured a pair of center fielders that are pretty familiar with each other. Mariners Michael Saunders and Royals Lorenzo Cain were teammates at Tallahassee Community College (FL) in 2005.
Tweet of the Day:
Today was our hottest day yet, with a first-pitch temperature of 87° in Surprise. It should reach the low 90’s tomorrow, and it looks like the forecast calls for temperatures in the 80’s for the next week.
Old Wives Tale – Apple Cider Vinegar:
It is easy to find our group of bullpen guys each morning, as they can often be found together telling stories or talking baseball. They are a pretty tight-knit bunch. Today’s odd moment from the group came when I saw them all taking shots of Apple Cider Vinegar. Led by Josh Kinney and Tom Wilhelmsen, the group downed a small amount of the brown substance that is known as a cure-all of sorts. Wilhelmsen says it just overall makes him feel better and it is kind of a bonding moment for the group. He also said it is a tradition they are carrying on after John Jaso started it last year.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (11-7) return to Cactus League play tomorrow with a home game vs. the Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m. at Peoria Stadium. Left-hander Joe Saunders (1-0, 6.00) will be making his third spring appearance (2nd start) vs. Reds right-hander Homer Bailey (0-0, 1.80). There will also be a “B” game at 10 a.m. vs. the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, with left-hander James Paxton and right-hander Taijuan Walker expected to pitch multiple innings.