Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 39

Peoria Stadium

Peoria Stadium

Saturday, March 23, 2013 / 9 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 16 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Game Recap:
Justin Smoak
(3×5, 2 2B) and Raul Ibañez (3×4, HR, 3 RBI) each recorded three hits, but the Mariners dropped a Cactus League slugfest 10-5 to the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners led 5-4 through five innings, but the Indians pushed ahead with a five-run sixth inning. Starter Blake Beavan allowed 9 runs (8 ER) and 16 hits to record the loss . Here is a box score from MLB.com.

Iwakuma in MiLB Game:
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma started in a minor league game today against the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate. Kuma allowed 2 runs and 10 hits in 7.2 innings, striking out 5. He faced 32 batters and threw 91 pitches (65 strikes). Iwakuma is scheduled to make his final spring start Thursday vs. the Chicago Cubs in Mesa.

Jason Bay vs. Eric Wedge:
Not sure if there was any wager, but Eric Wedge pulled Jason Bay aside this morning and had a little chat about the big basketball game tonight featuring Wichita State (Wedge’s school) vs. Gonzaga (Bay’s school). Should be fun to see who has the biggest smile tomorrow morning.

Spread of the Spring:
The clubhouse lunch today was catered by the Havana Café, and drew rave reviews from the players and staff.  Black beans, rice, plantains, Cubano sandwiches, yuca frita were all on the menu.

Montero is OK:
Jesus Montero left today’s game in the top of the second inning with a head contusion after being hit on a follow through by Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. Montero did not suffer a concussion, but as the below picture shows, he had quite the welt.

Jesus Montero left today's game with a head contusion.

Jesus Montero left today’s game with a head contusion.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (18-9) continue Cactus League play tomorrow traveling to Scottsdale to face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Left-hander Joe Saunders (1-0, 9.45) will make his third spring start (4th appearance) against Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley (0-1, 6.75). The game will be broadcast by 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

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