Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 44
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / 5 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 12 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)
Game Recap vs. Texas Rangers
Despite a strong start from right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and a long home run from Justin Smoak that snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, Seattle dropped a 5-3 decision at the Texas Rangers in front of 7,621 fans at Surprise Stadium Wednesday in Cactus League play.
Ramirez scattered three hits in five-plus innings of work, striking out six and not walking a man. The only run he allowed came when a runner he left on base scored off of the bullpen. Ramirez finished the Cactus League season with a 1.14 earned run average.
Following the game, manager Lloyd McClendon said that Ramirez “is my number two starter.”
After Rangers starter Colby Lewis tossed 5.0 shutout innings of his own, Seattle broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth inning, keyed by a long home run to right field by first baseman Justin Smoak. It was Smoak’s third homer of the spring and he finished the game 1-for-3 to raise his average to a solid .311.
Seattle added a third run in the 6th inning, as Michael Saunders bunted his way aboard, Nick Franklin followed with a base hit to right field, and Dustin Ackley collected an RBI single.
The Rangers answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Charlie Furbush (0-2). Furbush allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, including a home run by Kevin Kouzmanoff, in one inning of work. Texas added one more run in the seventh off of Joe Beimel.
Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless eighth inning to keep the game close, but Seattle was unable to score in the ninth.
Sports Illustrated Cover: Robinson Cano
Sports Illustrated’s 2014 MLB season preview is here, and Mariners slugger Robinson Cano graces one of the regional covers. The other players who share the distinction include the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka, the Cardinals Yadier Molina and the Angels Mike Trout.
2014’s Baseball Preview Cover (2 of 4):
ROOT SPORTS Northwest Coverage
ROOT Sports Northwest will carry the two final games of the spring vs. the Rockies March 28-29. Both telecasts will be joint productions of ROOT Northwest and Rocky Mountain. Dave Sims will be the lead announcer on Friday, March 28; the Rockies lead announcer will handle Saturday, March 29. Mike Blowers and the Rockies analyst will be in the booth for both games.
Getting Lonely In The Desert
Not counting the home-state Diamondbacks (and their Cubs opponent), come Friday, the Mariners and Colorado Rockies will be the only teams left in sunny Arizona. Most other teams are off to either their Opening Day cities or minor league towns around the country. In previous years, Seattle has played games in Albuquerque and Salt Lake City before starting the Championship season but this year will stay in the desert before heading to Anaheim on Saturday night.
Boxes, Boxes & More Boxes
With spring training quickly coming to a close, everybody in camp including players and staff are busy packing everything up to make sure everything gets on the shipping truck back to Seattle. It’s a difficult task when you don’t know which players are going where, how much you need, what you need on the opening road trip…oh, and you have to ship cars to various locations as well. Ryan Stiles, Billy Sepich, Jeff Bopp, Pete Fortune and Chris DeWitt do a great job of making sure the team only has to worry about getting ready for the game and this is one part of it.
Cactus League Report
The final Cactus League Report of 2014 will air tonight from 7-8 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and will be hosted by Matt Pitman. Guests will include: Jack Zduriencik, Felix Hernandez, Logan Morrison, Michael Saunders and Mariners Senior Director of Marketing Gregg Greene. Aaron Goldsmith, Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will have a Round Table discussion as well.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (17-11-3) will have a day off on Thursday before playing a home-and-away set against the Colorado Rockies on Friday and Saturday. You can hear all the action for both games on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Left-hander Roenis Elias is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Friday against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
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).