Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 34
Monday, March 18, 2013 / 14 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 21 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
Hisashi Iwakuma turned in another solid start and Michael Morse hit his spring training leading sixth home run as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland A’s 6-5 Monday afternoon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Mariners extended their Cactus League winning streak to five consecutive games to improve to 16-7. Seattle also had a 10-game winning streak earlier this spring. Justin Smoak (2×3, R, 2B) and Dustin Ackley (2×4, 2 RBI) both recorded multi-hit games. Smoak is now batting .390 (16×41) in 13 Cactus League games. Iwakuma (2-0) earned the win allowing 6 hits and 3 runs in 5.0 innings, while Carson Smith earned his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Here is a box score from MLB.com.
Morse Remains HR Leader:
Michael Morse entered today tied for the spring training lead with five home runs, and will end today as the leader with six home runs. During the course of the day four players in the Grapefruit League (Domonic Brown-PHI, Juan Francisco-ATL, Freddie Freeman-ATL, Christian Yelich-MIA) hit their 5th home runs. But Morse hit a towering solo home run in the 6th inning for his sixth round tripper of the spring.
Cactus League Report:
Be sure to tune into the Mariners Cactus League Report tonight from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or Mariners.com. Or, if you are in Arizona for Spring Training, come out and watch the show live and meet some of the players from 6-8 p.m. at the Salty Senorita near the Mariners Spring Training Complex in Peoria. A star-studded lineup is schedule for the 2-hour show hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer, including: Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, Charlie Furbush, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, first base coach Mike Brumley and broadcaster Mike Blowers.
Two Weeks From Today:
The Mariners and Athletics will square off on Opening Day in exactly two weeks (April 1) in Oakland. The Mariners have opened each of the last three seasons vs. the A’s, including last year in Tokyo & Oakland.
Three of the next four Mariners games will be televised on ROOT (check your local listings). Tomorrow night’s game vs. the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tweet of the Day:
Final line for Hultzen was 3IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 K's and according to my count 39 pitches. Command was outstanding. Had one full count.—
Chris Harris (@CHarris731) March 18, 2013
With the NCAA Basketball Tournament about to kick off and the brackets announced, there is a lot of talk about who is going to make the Final Four. Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley took to the task of making a life-size bracket for the players to follow the tournament in the clubhouse. Hartley partially filled a wall that used to be lockers before roster cuts were made.
Get Your Cactus:
The media meal is usually pretty solid at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and graciously provided by the A’s. In the past there has been a really good spread from Pita Jungle. Today’s meal was catered by Barrio Queen in Scottsdale (which turns out to be one of the more popular restaurants in the area). Today’s special was a pretty awesome guacamole (with pomegranate seeds on top) and street tacos made with cactus. Unique, and pretty good!
The Radio Dial:
Today’s game was not on the radio, but rest assured, as the remaining 10 spring training games will all be carried live by 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (16-7) return to Cactus League play tomorrow night against the San Francisco Giants at Peoria Stadium (7:05 p.m.). The game will be televised by ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-hander Brandon Maurer (2-1, 0.90) is scheduled to make his fifth spring appearance and second start vs. Giants left-hander Barry Zito (1-0, 3.38).