Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 32

Saturday, March 15, 2014 / 16 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 24 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Giants:
 The Seattle Mariners let an early lead get away and dropped a 13-6 decision to the San Francisco Giants in Cactus League action Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,777 at Peoria Stadium.

Seattle battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead after four innings, but then a combination of four errors, windy conditions and a very bright sun led to a series of events that allowed the Giants to outscore Seattle 10-1 over the final five frames.

Starter James Paxton allowed six hits in 4.0 innings but limited the damage to just two unearned runs while striking out four batters. In four starts, he has posted a 2.08 ERA (3 ER, 13.0 IP) this spring.

Abraham Almonte (2×3, 2 R, HR, RBI) and Justin Smoak (2×4, R) were the only Mariners to collect multi-hit games but nine different Mariners collected at least one hit. Seattle used 25 players in the game including seven pitchers.

Only relievers Ramon Ramirez (0.2 IP) and Jonathan Arias (1.2 IP) had scoreless outings in the game.

Closer Fernando Rodney entered the game in the 5th inning but was ejected by umpire Adam Hamari for arguing balls and strikes after retiring just one batter and allowing three runs on two hits. It was the first time that Rodney had been ejected at any level.

Seattle took on the Giants this afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

Seattle took on the Giants this afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

Roenis Elias Getting Closer Look
A guy who entered came a bit under the radar has been opening some eyes this spring and that could lead to him making the Opening Day roster. Manager Lloyd McClendon had some nice things to say about young Cuban left-hander Roenis Elias. “Left-hander, 91-94, he throws strikes, has quality stuff, he competes, holds runners. He’s been interesting.”  Elias finished 6-11 with a 3.18 ERA at Double-A Jackson in 2013. He’ll be stretched out in his start tomorrow against the Angels and will be looking to build up to 75 pitches and possibly thrust himself into the starting rotation mix.

Roenis Elias has been impressing the coaching staff.

Roenis Elias has been impressing the coaching staff.

Running Like The Wolf
Left-hander Randy Wolf was spotted running sprints in the outfield this morning…by himself. He might be a veteran, but he still puts in the time to get better. If you’re wondering why the picture is so blurry…let’s just say that Randy was running REALLY FAST!

Randy Wolf runs too fast to be in focus!

Randy Wolf runs too fast to be in focus!

MLB Network Radio
Former MLB General Manager Jim Bowden and Casey Stern were in camp with MLB Network Radio this morning talking to various players at the complex. Shortstop Nick Franklin was one of those who took the time to chat with the radio duo about spring training and the upcoming season.

Nick Franklin chatting with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern.

Nick Franklin chatting with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern.

OH DANNY BOY
If you’re looking to win a bet at the ballpark this season, feel free to challenge your seat mate to identify Danny Farquhar‘s family heritage. The name “Farquhar” is actually Scottish, dating back over 1,000 years. Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair which means “son of Farquhar” and “Farquhar” is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar which means “very dear one”. So the name Farquhar means “son of the very dear one”. In Danny’s case, his mother is Venezuelan (his first language was Spanish) so he’s Scottish/Venezuelan.

The Farquhar family crest.

The Farquhar family crest.

From The Trainer’s Room
Right-hander Brandon Maurer has been sidelined with a stick back lately and he’ll be out for another 6-7 days according to Manager Lloyd McClendon.

Well, That Escalated Quickly
Fernando Rodney
entered the game in the fifth inning but didn’t quite make it through the inning. With one out in the frame, Fernando was tossed from the game by Adam Hamari for arguing balls and strikes. Fernando told the media that it is the first time he has ever been ejected at any level.

Tacoma Rainiers Management
Members of the Tacoma Rainiers (staff & management) were in town to tour the facility and get a look at some of the players who could be joining their team next month. They checked out the minor league side and then headed over to catch the Mariners game against the Giants. The Triple-A team squared off against the Double-A squad today and they will both start their spring schedule against the Brewers minor league squads tomorrow.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (13-4-2) will play a day game tomorrow afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims calling the action. Left-hander Roenis Elias is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.

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).

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