Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 46

Saturday, March 30, 2013 /  2 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 9 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Today’s Recap:
The Mariners set a new club record for wins in a spring, claiming their 22nd victory 4-3 over the Colorado Rockies in Salt Lake City. The game was played before a sold out crowd of 15,411 fans. Seattle’s previous record was 21 wins, set in 1994. The Mariners broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. Raul Ibanez drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Brad Miller followed with an RBI double to increase the lead to 4-2. Stephen Pryor (1-0) picked up the win with a perfect inning in relief and Brian Sweeny notched the save (#1). Full box score is here

The Spring of 58:
Kendrys Morales (#7 in the fourth inning) and Justin Smoak (#5 in the 5th inning) each homered today. That increased the Mariners Major League leading total to 58 this spring; that’s the most by any team in spring play since 1999 (Cubs, 62).

The Record:
Today’s win improved Seattle’s Spring Training record to 22-11, the second-most wins in MLB (Kansas City, 25-7-2).

That’s a Wrap:
Today was the 32nd, and final, exhibition game of 2013 Spring Training. Seattle had a record-setting spring, setting the club record for wins with 22 among other accomplishments. (The 1994 Mariners won 21 games). We’ll have a full recap of records/accomplishments tomorrow from Oakland.

Is That Eddie?:
Pregame featured a live eagle. The eagle was hanging out (so to speak) with his handlers before introductions and there were a lot of fascinated players. For the National Anthem the handler stood on home plate, and the eagle spread its wings.

Pregame guest: the Eagle.

Pregame guest: the Eagle.

Welcome Back:
Among the popular interview targets pre-game today (in addition to Jack Zduriencik and Eric Wedge) was Mike Brumley. Brum was the manager here from 2002-2004, and said today he loved his time here. Trainer Rob Nodine was re-telling tales of mammoth home runs he saw here while he was on the Tacoma staff, while Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin was busy saying hellos to friends and family in the stands. Rick is a native of Brigham City, Utah, which is just 60 miles from here. Rick was the unofficial champion in the “clubhouse ticket ask”. He left 29 tickets. Since each player and staff member gets two tickets, he had to borrow 27, which means he had to hit up nearly half the travelling party.

Hot Ticket:
The Salt Lake Bees staff told us that the game sold out in less than an hour when tickets were put on sale. The level of excitement in the ballpark reinforced that idea. The crowd was announced as a sellout at 15,411.

Fans lining up to get into the game.

Fans lining up to get into the game.

#90 in Your Program:
Mike Zunino, who was reassigned to minor league camp a week ago, was in Salt Lake as an extra player. However, the number 5 jersey he wore all spring had already been packed. He wore number 90 in the game today, and contributed a solid hit-and-run single.

Meanwhile, Back in Seattle:
A reminder that fans are invited to check out all the changes in Safeco Field, including Edgar’s Cantina, the expanded bullpen market and the unbelievable new scoreboard, at the free Open House on Monday, April 1. Doors open at 6 pm, and the Mariners first game of the season versus the A’s will be on the new board at 7 pm. Opening Night at home, always one of the great sporting events on the Seattle calendar, is April 8. Good seats are still available for every game in the first homestand, including Opening Night. Tickets are available with no service charge at Safeco Field and Seattle Mariners team stores. Or, grab them on-line at www.mariners.com.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Sunday, March 31):
The Mariners will work out in Oakland Coliseum beginning at 2 pm. It will be the final run through before Opening Day on Monday.

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