Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 41
Monday, March 25, 2013 / 7 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 14 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
Catcher Jesus Montero went 3-for-3 with a grand slam and 6 RBI and right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer turned in 5.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariners to a 16-0 victory over the Reds Monday at Goodyear Ballpark. The Mariners tied their spring highs in runs scored and hits, with five players recording multi-hit games. First baseman Justin Smoak continued his torrid spring going 2-for-2 with a double, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI and 2 walks. In 16 Cactus League games Smoak is batting .431 (22×51) with 11 runs scored, 8 doubles, 4 home runs and 14 RBI (1.297 OPS). Michael Saunders, Smoak and Montero combined to go 8-for-9 with 2 HR and 11 RBI Here is a box score from MLB.com.
Home Run Record:
The home runs by Jesus Montero (Grand Slam in the 5th inning) and Michael Saunders (solo HR in the 4th) both homered, giving the Mariners a MLB leading and spring club record 52 home runs. The old Mariners record was 51 home runs in 32 games in 1999. The Mariners have homered in 28 of the 29 spring games, and are averaging 1.79 HR per game.
Brandon Maurer turned in another solid outing, this time striking out seven batters in 5.0 shutout innings. The right-hander is now 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA and 22 strikeouts in six Cactus League appearances (3 starts). And since we have been getting asked a lot more, Maurer’s last name is pronounced like the Twins catcher, Joe Mauer.
Loe Added to Roster:
Right-handed reliever Kameron Loe was added to the 40-man roster today, which means he is a shoe-in for the Mariners Opening Day roster. Loe has been impressive this spring with 15 strikeouts in his eight relief appearances (13.5 K/9.0 IP).
Seager at First:
Kyle Seager is used to bouncing between third base and second base during spring training, but he had a weird duty late in today’s game. With the game out of hand, Seager was asked to borrow a glove and play first base. He borrowed Dustin Ackley’s first base glove and played pretty well at first, including turning a double play in the ninth inning.
Seahawks vs. Bengals:
There were a few jokes in the press box about the final score of today’s game, the best probably being that the Seahawks beat the Bengals 16-0, with two touchdowns and a safety.
Tweet of the Day:
One Week From Today:
In exactly one week the Mariners will open the 2013 regular season against the Oakland A’s (7:07 pm), and in two weeks the Mariners will host the Houston Astros at Safeco Field in the 2013 home opener (7:10 pm). The Mariners officially break spring camp on Friday, traveling to Salt Lake City for an exhibition game vs. the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
Big Day for Catchers Birthdays:
Happy birthday to former Mariners catcher Dan Wilson and future Mariners catcher Mike Zunino!
Cactus League Report:
You can listen to the Cactus League Report tonight from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com. Guests are scheduled to include Jack Zduriencik, Eric Wedge, Felix Hernandez, Brendan Ryan, Jason Bay and Dan Wilson.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (19-10) return to Cactus League play tomorrow hosting the Kansas City Royals (21-6-1) at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm). Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (2-0, 7.20) is scheduled to appear in his fifth Cactus League game and third start against Royals left-hander Bruce Chen. The game will be broadcast by 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.