Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 37
Thursday, March 21, 2013 / 11 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 18 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
The Mariners allowed five runs over the final three innings to have their six-game winning streak snapped in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs Thursday night at Peoria Stadium. Mariners starting pitcher Jon Garland allowed five hits and two runs over 6.0 innings, allowing two home runs. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one. Relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (2-1) suffered the loss allowing six hits and four runs in 2.0 innings. Garland and Ramirez combined to allow three home runs, tying a team high this spring. The Mariners built a 4-2 led through the first six innings. Jason Bay opened the scoring with a single to score Jesus Montero (who doubled) in the second inning. Seattle added two more runs in the third on a run-scoring single by Raul Ibañez and a sacrifice fly by Justin Smoak. Smoak also hit his fourth spring homer in the sixth to extend the Mariners lead to 4-2. Bay finished 3-for-4 to raise his spring batting average to .371 (13×35). Here is a box score from MLB.com.
Tweet of the Day:
Welcome to the Rainiers:
Some of the Tacoma Rainiers ownership and front office staff have arrived in Peoria. In addition to checking out minor league games and the big league workout today, the group took in the night game vs. the Cubs.
When Felix Hernandez left the field tonight, he stopped by the Cubs dugout to shake hands with the Chicago pitching coach Chris Bosio. At that moment, two of the only three Mariners pitchers to throw complete-game no-hitters were standing together. Boz tossed his no-no on April 22, 1993. In his no-hitter vs. Boston, Bosio walked the first two batters he faced and fell behind the third man. He threw what he referred to as a “dead fish”, a batting practice speed, get-it-over fastball to induce a double play, and retired the next 25 men he faced for the second no-hitter in Mariners history.
On April 1 the Mariners open the season at Oakland but fans are invited to Safeco Field for an open house. At this free event, fans will be able to check out the new field dimensions and visit Edgar’s Cantina all while watching the Mariners open the season in Oakland on the new HD video screen. Felix Hernandez is currently scheduled to be on the mound for Seattle that night.
Like most offices, the Mariners clubhouse has an office pool on the NCAA Basketball Tournament. And like most offices, there was a lot of yelling at the TVs as teams fell in upsets. Speaking of upset, Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley (an OSU alum) did not take the Oklahoma State loss very well. Jason Bay was pretty happy with Gonzaga’s opening-round victory over Southern.
The Mariners made an additional three roster moves after the game tonight, so the big league camp roster is down to 34 players (27 “40-man” guys, and 7 “non-roster” players). Again, by Opening Day, the club will be down to 25 roster players. If someone from the non-roster group makes the team (or more than one guy) the team will need to create room on the Major League 40-man roster.
Long Days Night:
Friday will be the Mariners third consecutive night game, very unusual at spring training. Night games make for long days for the manager and coaching staff. Today, three Seattle pitchers worked in a minor league game at 1 pm, so the staff was in by 8 to get their work done. Eric Wedge, Carl Willis and others watched the minor league game, then ran the team through a normal workout and the game. While Seattle’s staff had a long day, the Cubs staff had a longer one. Chicago had a split squad today, playing one game in Tucson at 1 pm and the other here in Peoria at 7. Tucson is about a two-hour bus ride from Peoria.
Dave Valle arrived in camp today. He’ll help out with the broadcasts over the next couple of days, swinging between radio and TV. Dave Sims is working NCAA basketball this weekend in Salt Lake City. The Mariners will be back on ROOT on Saturday afternoon.
Photo of the Day:
Here is today’s photo of the day captured by Mariners fan (and great photographer) Jen Howson.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (17-8) continue Cactus League tomorrow with a “road” game vs. the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-hander Felix Hernandez (0-1, 3.60) is scheduled to make his third Cactus League start against Padres right-hander Tyson Ross (3-2, 2.76). The game will be televised by the Padres on Fox Sports San Diego (check your local listings) and available for subscribers to MLB.tv. The game will also be replayed at 6 a.m. PT Saturday morning on MLB Network.