Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 35

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 35:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / 13 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 21 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Padres:

Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Brad Miller prepare to take the field.

Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Brad Miller prepare to take the field.

Brad Miller went 3-for-4 and fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle as the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres played to a 5-5 tie Tuesday evening in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners are 14-5-3 in Cactus League play, with a little under two weeks remaining until the start of the regular season March 31 at Los Angeles Angels.

Miller, who started at second base for the first time this spring, hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning, singled in the 7th and doubled in the 8th inning. He is batting .412 (14×34) with 11 runs scored, 7 extra-base hits (2B – 1, 3B – 2, HR – 4) and 8 RBI in 12 Cactus League games.

Starting pitcher Randy Wolf tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, to go with 3 strikeouts. Left-hander Charlie Furbush worked a perfect 5th inning with one strikeout.

The Mariners took the early lead on a Miller solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The solo blast was Miller’s team-leading 4th home run of the spring (tied for 2nd-most in the Cactus League).

San Diego took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 6th inning. Jedd Gyorko drove in a run with a double down the left field line and the go-ahead run came into score on a passed ball.

After Seattle evened the score in the 7th inning on a Justin Smoak sacrifice fly, the Padres retook a 4-2 lead with a pair of runs (1 ER) off closer Fernando Rodney.

The Mariners took a 5-4 lead with a wild three-run 8th inning. Endy Chavez and Willie Bloomquist recorded two-out, RBI singles, and Bloomquist came around to score when he advance to second on the throw and scored on a throwing error by Padres catcher Austin Hedges.

San Diego tied the game with a run off Dominic Leone in the 9th inning to secure the Mariners third tie of the spring.

Doesn’t Matter Where He Plays, He Just Hits
Brad Miller made his first start of the spring at second base tonight, as Nick Franklin got the start at shortstop. The position shift didn’t seem to phase Brad: he was 3-for-4 with a LONG solo homer to give Seattle an early lead and a double. The home run was Brad’s fourth of the spring, placing him among the Cactus League leaders.

Brad Miller got his first start of the spring at second base tonight.

Brad Miller got his first start of the spring at second base tonight.

And Then There Were 39…
One roster move today, as outfielder Cole Gillespie was re-assigned to minor league camp. The move left Seattle with 39 players in camp, 29 roster players and 10 non-roster invitees.

Guests In Camp
We had an influx of national media arrive in Mariners camp this afternoon, well, a trio at least. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, USA Today’s Paul White and Bob Nightengale made the rounds today, speaking with GM Jack Zduriencik, Manager Lloyd McClendon as well as multiple players about the upcoming season. Be on the lookout for their reports from camp and we’ll post things as we see them.

Pryor Throws Live BP:
RHP Stephen Pryor threw a round of live batting practice today, and said he felt great. Pryor is working his way back from a torn lat muscle that forced him to miss most of last season. He said he threw 35 pitches, with zero limitations. Pitching coach Rick Waits caught up with us today and said he looked great on the mound, and hopes to get him in some type of game action this weekend.

Walker Takes Mound Again Tomorrow:
Manager Lloyd McClendon said RHP Taijuan Walker will throw another bullpen tomorrow, scheduled for around 50 pitches. McClendon said Walker has been feeling great after his last few throwing sessions, and will work in some breaking pitches tomorrow.

Brackets, Get Your Brackets
With the NCAA tournament about to get started, and tons of people (players, staff, media) in camp, there is a lot of talk going around about the tournament, who is going to advance and who is going to get upset in the Big Dance. We’ll go around tomorrow and ask the guys who their favorites are but we have a feeling where some of their allegiances may lie as is the case with Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley.

Look Ma, I’m On TV!
With the Mariners game being on television tonight, viewers got a chance to see two of their favorite players interviewed during the game against the Padres. After playing the first half of the game and getting in some at-bats, Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino threw on the headset and spent a few minutes chatting with the ROOT SPORTS Northwest gang.

Justin Smoak (r) and Mike Zunino (l) took time to check in with the ROOT Sports broadcast.

Justin Smoak (L) and Mike Zunino (R) took time to check in with the ROOT Sports broadcast.

Mariners Radio Podcasts
Shortstop Brad Miller joined Wyman, Mike and Moore this afternoon on ESPN 710 Seattle and you can listen to the podcast by clicking here. Also, be sure to tune in to KJR 950 at 8 am Wednesday morning as left fielder Dustin Ackley joins the Mitch in the Morning show to talk about getting ready for the season. If you miss it, check out our podcasts on the side of this blog to catch up.

Too Bad it’s not July 7th
First pitch for tonight’s game came at 7:07 pm. The game-time temperature was 77 degrees.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (14-5-3) will play a day game on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. Right-hander Blake Beavan is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta.

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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