Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 20
Monday, March 3, 2014 / 28 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 36 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)
It was a split-squad sweep for the Mariners, as the club improved to 5-1 in Cactus League play. In Peoria, Dustin Ackley continued his hot hitting going 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI. His 3-run double in the bottom of the 5th inning broke the game open. Starting pitcher Blake Beavan tossed a spring-high 3.0 innings, allowing 4 hits and one run. In Goodyear, the Mariners battled back from a 4-0 deficit to log a 6-5 comeback win over the Reds. Brad Miller hit a solo home run in the top of the 6th inning, and his backup, Chris Taylor hit a grand slam in the 7th inning. Relief pitcher Logan Kensing earned the win with 2.0 scoreless innings and left-hander Nick Hill earned the save striking out the side in the 9th inning. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. Here are some photos of the game vs. the Rockies by Mariners photographer Ben Van Houten.
If you are reading this, and want to listen to Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith call the game, you are in luck. Today’s game vs. the Rockies will air tonight at 7 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle. When games are delayed on radio, they are available free of charge via Mariners.com.
In the Morning:
The club went through a normal morning routine prior to the team splitting up for games in Peoria (vs. the Rockies) and Goodyear (vs. the Reds). A group of 15 players had early morning bunting practice on Field #1, with each player taking turns laying down bunts to different sides. Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney threw 20 pitches in a simulated game on the back fields as well.
Happy Birthday Trent:
Another spring training birthday. Bench coach Trent Jewett turned the big 5-0 today. To celebrate his big day, manager Lloyd McClendon sent him on the road to Goodyear where he served as the skipper in the game vs. the Reds.
Lots of Moving Parts:
The team had their first split-squad action today, with games vs. the Rockies in Peoria and on the road vs. the Reds in Goodyear. Today was the first of four times this spring when the Mariners will play two games in a day (also: March 8, March 10, March 22).
Anybody Find My Keys?:
Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish had quite the afternoon trying to track down his car rental keys. For the better part of 5 hours, Divish was looking for his lost car keys. From retracing his steps to where he ate lunch, or under cars in the parking lot, there was not a place Ryan did not look. Turns out, after hours of looking, they were not too far away. The keys, which are actually the new kind of key fobs that don’t look like keys, were at the front desk because someone was looking for the contemporary type of car key, not the new kind. Needless to say, Ryan is happy he found them, but probably ready for happy hour.
Suiting Up Some Youngsters:
The split-squad action allowed for some players from the minor league side to dress for the Major League game. The minor leaguers that suited up included the following players: RHP Stephen Shackleford, RHP Mayckol Guaipe, INF Jack Reinheimer, INF D.J. Peterson, INF Ketel Marte, INF Tyler Smith, OF Leon Landry, OF Dario Pizzano, OF Ramon Morla, OF Jabari Blash, INF Patrick Kivlehan and catcher Steven Baron. Check out the box scores to see how all the youngsters fared vs. the Reds and vs. the Rockies.
Bottle This Weather:
While seeing morning reports of rain in Seattle and mountain passes closed due to snow, we feel a little bad writing this. But it was pretty much perfect down here today. It looks as if the rainy/cloudy weather has passed through, and nothing but blue skies and pleasant temperatures in the low 70s.
Tweets of the Day:
Willie Ball Game:
He hasn’t played in a Mariners uniform since 2008, but Willie Bloomquist still remains a fan favorite. Willie stepped up to the plate in the second inning and got another big cheer from the fans at Peoria Stadium…and he responded with a sharp single to center field. Bloomquist is a native of Port Orchard and played with the Mariners from 2002-08.
Let’s Talk College Baseball:
A camera crew from ESPN was in camp this morning talking to players about college baseball. The interviews will be used during ESPN’s broadcasts of college baseball during the season and the College World Series in Omaha in June. Justin Smoak (South Carolina), Willie Bloomquist (Arizona State), Danny Hultzen (Virginia), Mike Zunino (Florida) and Kyle Seager (North Carolina) were among the players who talked about their college days.
Instagram of the Day:
Mariners All-Access airs tonight at 7 pm PT (with a replay at 10 pm) on ROOT SPORTS (check your local listings). Tonight’s show will catch you up on all the Mariners action at Spring Training, including a feature on Fernando Rodney, an interview with manager Lloyd McClendon and lots of highlights from the Cactus League games so far. Mariners Monday will air right after Mariners All-Access at 7:30 pm PT, with a show dedicated to the late-inning hitting of Kyle Seager.
The players had a short meeting with a representative from the Major League Baseball Players Association Alumni this morning. The MLBPAA is based out of Colorado Springs and has the goal to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images and protect the dignity of the game through former players.
King Felix Debuts Tomorrow:
Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut tomorrow vs. the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. The game vs. the Dodgers (1:05 pm MT/12:05 pm PT) will not be on the radio, but fans can watch the Dodgers telecast on MLB.tv (for subscribers).
Safeco Field Open House:
Mariners fans are invited to come out to Safeco Field on Monday, March 31, to watch the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels live from Anaheim in the season opener for the 2014 season. During the Safeco Field Open House, there will be live music in The ‘Pen. Fans are invited to walk around the warning track. The ROOT SPORTS broadcast of the game will be carried live in HD on MarinersVision. All fans through the gates will receive a free “True to the Blue” T-shirt.