Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 37

Tuesday, March 20, 2014 / 11 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 19 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Cubs:

Led by 6.0 scoreless innings from starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, four pitchers combined to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Chicago Cubs Thursday afternoon in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 15,243 at Cubs Park.

The Mariners improved to 15-6-3 with the win, including going 10-1-2 on the road. The Mariners and Cleveland Indians (off today) are the only teams to record 15 wins in spring training play.

Ramirez (3-0) scattered four hits in 6.0 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out four and did not walk a batter to lower his Cactus League ERA to 0.96 (2 ER, 18.2 IP). Left-hander Joe Beimel (1.0 IP, K), right-hander Fernando Rodney (1.0 IP, BB, 2 K) and right-hander Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP) secured the win with 3.0 hitless innings. Medina secured his second save with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with a double, and is now batting .457 (21×46) in Cactus League play. Robinson Cano added a pair of hits (2×3, BB) to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. Cano has recorded a hit in 10 of 11 games played, and is now batting .567 (17×30).

Seattle jumped out to a 2-0 lead with sacrifice flies from Kyle Seager (5th inning) and John Buck (6th inning). The first run came into score after Abraham Almonte singled, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Seager lifted a fly ball to left field to score Almonte. The Mariners loaded the bases in the 6th inning on a single by Corey Hart, double by Ackley and walk to Nick Franklin, before Buck flew out to deep center field to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Mariners added an insurance run in the 9th inning on a run-scoring groundout by Endy Chavez.

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New Digs in Mesa:
The Mariners played their first game at Cubs Park in Mesa. It is a really nice facility, located right on the Mesa/Tempe border where the loop 101 and loop 202 intersect, on the site of the old Riverview Golf Course. There were several nice features, including the outfield berm seating and food trucks in right-center field.

Getting Some Work In
Felix Hernandez pitched in a minor league game against the Milwaukee Brewers High-A team on field six at the Peoria Sports Complex and finished with a line of 7.0 innings, five hits, three runs, two earned runs, six strikeouts and a wild pitch while throwing 82 pitches, with 62 of those being strikes. Afterwards, he told the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish and 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer that he will throw 100 pitches in his final outing before Opening Day. Mike Zunino caught Felix in that game and finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, a double and a walk in his seven innings. Charlie Furbush and Lucas Luetge each tossed a scoreless frame against the Brewers Low-A club.

Felix Hernandez prepares to pitch in a minor league game this afternoon.

Felix Hernandez prepares to pitch in a minor league game this afternoon.

Mariners Replay on MLB Network Tonight
Today’s game against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon will be aired on a delay basis on MLB Network at 10 pm PST tonight. Be sure to check out Erasmo Ramirez’s strong performance as his makes his pitch to join the rotation for the start of the season.

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Jeremy Reed Sighting
A voice shouted over at Jay Buhner from across the field before the Mariners High-A game against the Brewers this afternoon. As Jay walked over, he noticed it was none other than former Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed who is now a minor league hitting coordinator for Milwaukee. Reed spent some time chatting with Buhner and his former manager with the Rainiers Daren Brown. Reed spent parts of five seasons at the big league level with Seattle (2004-08), appearing in 336 games.

Former Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed chats with Daren Brown.

Former Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed chats with Daren Brown.

Autographs For All
Mariners great Jay Buhner didn’t disappoint when fans approached him for autographs before a minor league game this afternoon. Jay took the time to accommodate every autograph and picture request and every fan came away happy.

Jay Buhner surprised fans at a minor league game and signed autographs for all who asked.

Jay Buhner surprised fans at a minor league game and signed autographs for all who asked.

Video Highlights:

Kyle Seager Sac Fly (5th inning)

John Buck Sac Fly (6th inning)

Mariners Turn Wild Double Play (3rd inning)

Medina Nails Down Win with Second Save

Mariners Radio Podcasts
First baseman Logan Morrison joined the Brock and Danny Show on 710 ESPN Seattle this morning to chat about getting ready for the season and you can listen to the podcast by clicking here. If you miss any of these interviews, check out our podcasts on the side of this blog to catch up.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (14-6-3) will play a night game on Friday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action and watch the game on ROOT SPORTS Northwest starting at 7 pm. Left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.

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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