Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 40

The outfield berm at Salt River Fields were packed as a record crowd of 12,864 took in the Mariners vs. D-backs game.

The outfield berm at Salt River Fields were packed as a record crowd of 12,864 took in the Mariners vs. D-backs game.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 / 8 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 15 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Game Recap:
Franklin Gutierrez
hit a leadoff home run and Kendrys Morales continues his torrid spring with a three-run home run, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Arizona Diamondbacks in an 8-4 loss at Salt River Fields. Starting pitcher Joe Saunders was touched for seven hits and eight runs in 5.0 innings (4 BB, 2 K, HR). Dustin Ackley was the lone Mariner to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double. Here is a box score from MLB.com.

Another Morales HR:
Kendrys Morales
hit his sixth home run, a monster 3-run home run in the top of the third inning, to tie Michael Morse for the team lead. Morales has now homered in four of his last five games.

Nearing HR Record:
Franklin Gutierrez
(leadoff HR) and Kendrys Morales (3-run HR in 3rd inning) both hit home runs today, increasing the Mariners spring home run total to 50 (most in the Cactus & Grapefruit Leagues). The Mariners are now one homer short of the spring club record set in 1999.

Endy Makes Debut:
Newly acquired outfielder Endy Chavez made his spring debut for the Mariners as a defensive replacement in center field in the bottom of the 8th inning, and doubled off the right-center field fence in his only plate appearance. Chavez was signed this morning as a minor league free agent with an invite to Major League spring training.

Taking His Hacks:
Joe Saunders
is only a career .138 hitter (17×123), but he made the most of his chance to swing the bat today going 1-for-2 with a single in the third inning (scored on Morales HR).

Record Crowd at Salt River Fields:
Today’s game featured a crowd sold-out of 12,864, setting a record for Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (18-10) continue Cactus League play tomorrow traveling to Goodyear to face the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Right-hander Brandon Maurer (2-1, 1.20) will make his third spring start (6th appearance) against Reds right-hander Homer Bailey. The game will be broadcast by 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

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