Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 25

Saturday, March 8, 2014 / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 31 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Giants:
The Mariners defeated the Giants 18-3 in today’s afternoon in Scottsdale. Brad Miller and Michael Saunders each hit two-run home runs in the first inning and starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez tossed 4.0 scoreless to improve to 2-0, 1.04 ERA this spring [Box Score]. Dustin Ackley finished 3-for-4 with a double, triple and 2 RBI and is batting .500 (10×20) with 4 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home runs and 10 RBI in 7 Cactus League games. Saunders (2×3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI), Endy Chavez (2×4, R, 2 RBI), Leon Landry (2×2, 2 R) and Ketel Marte (2×2) also recorded multi-hit games. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats.

Here are video highlights of the home runs by Miller and Saunders:

Game Recap vs. the Dodgers:
Jesus Montero homered twice and drove in three runs, Stefen Romero doubled, homered and drive in a pair of runs and Justin Smoak hit a two-run, go-ahead homer as Seattle pounded out an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Camelback Ranch.
Starting pitcher Blake Beavan (1-0, 2.25) earned the win in his third spring start. Beavan allowed 3 runs (1 earned run) in 3.0 innings. All three runs scored in the bottom of the first, as a pair of errors led to two un-earned runs.  Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the spring.
Seattle tied the game at 3-3 in the second inning with back-to-back homers from Jesus Montero (#1, a two-run shot to right field) and Stefen Romero (#1, to left field). Romero later added an RBI double, and threw out the speedy Dee Gordon at the plate to end the fifth inning. Montero added his second homer of the game, a solo shot, to lead off the 8th inning.
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer (#1) in the third to give Seattle a 5-3 lead. Smoak finished with a pair of walks and two runs scored in addition to the two RBI.

Packed House (x 2):
The Mariners and Giants played in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,123 fans at Scottsdale Stadium. One of the best venues in the Cactus League, Scottsdale Stadium never disappoints with a usual packed house. In the nightcap, Seattle and the Dodgers hooked up in front of another sell-out crowd of 13,427 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.

Double Duty:
Lloyd McClendon and his full Major League staff pulled double duty today, managing/coaching the day game in Scottsdale and the night game in Glendale. That’s a long day for that group, as the staff arrives between 4 and 5 am each day. Tacoma’s Bob Dutton was the only media member to cover both games today.

I Know That Guy:
First Base Coach Andy Van Slyke should have been able to provide a pretty good scouting report on the Dodgers clean-up hitter: his son, Scott Van Slyke started in right field battng fourth in the late game. Scott was 1-for-3 with run scored and an RBI single in the first inning.

Marines All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7 pm and 1:30 am (check your local listings). Tune in to watch highlights from today’s 18-3 win over the Giants.

Photo of the Day:
Mariners clubbie Chris Dewitt had quite the juggling act this morning when delivering shoes to players lockers.

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Mariners clubbie Chris DeWitt.

Split Squad:
today is the second of four planned split-squad days this spring. The Marinesr will also play a pair of games Monday (vs. KC and at ARI) and March 22 (at OAK and at COL).

Talking Expos:
A camera crew from TSN Canada was in camp today to interview veteran outfielder Endy Chavez, who played for the Expos from 2002-04. The crew is putting together a short documentary on the last few years of the Montreal Expos, which Chavez was a member of from 2002-04. Endy recalled his playing days at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the long flight from Puerto Rico to Seattle in 2004 and the last season of playing baseball in Montreal. The interview will run during a special show previewing the exhibition games between the Mets and Blue Jays being played in Montreal March 28-29.

Endy Chavez talking about his playing days with the Montreal Expos.

Endy Chavez talking about his playing days with the Montreal Expos.

Mariners Podcasts:
There have been a lot of players join local and national radio programs this spring. If you want to catch up on the interviews, we have you covered via the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

What’s on Tap:
After tonight’s game vs. the Dodgers, the Mariners return to Cactus League action tomorrow with a home game vs. the Texas Rangers at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm). RH Felix Hernandez (1-0, 0.00) will make his second spring start against Rangers RH Colby Lewis (0-0, 27.00). The game will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com (for subscribers).

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