Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 46

Friday, March 28, 2014 / 3 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 10 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Mariners Walk Off With Win In Final Peoria Spring Game of 2014

Minor league infielder Tyler Smith hit a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the 9th inning and Nate Tenbrink delivered a walk-off single to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday night in Cactus League exhibition play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners trailed 2-0 and were limited to 4 hits in the first innings before storming back for their 18th Cactus League victory. John Buck led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error by Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge. Smith, who was the Mariners 8th round pick out of Oregon State last June, lined a double down the left field line to score pinch-runner John Hicks and Endy Chavez. After an intentional walk to Stefen Romero, Tenbrink lined a one-out single into right field for the game-winner.

Smith, who was the 2013 Appalachian League MVP for the Pulaski Mariners, is batting .571 (8×14) with 9 runs scored, one double, one triple, one home run and 6 RBI in 13 Cactus League games. Center fielder Abraham Almonte (1×2), second baseman Robinson Cano (1×3, 2B), third baseman Kyle Seager (1×3) and designated hitter Logan Morrison (1×3) also recorded hits.

Starting pitcher Roenis Elias made his final Cactus League start in preparation for his Major League debut next Thursday vs. the A’s in Oakland. The left-hander allowed a pair of runs, striking out 5 and walking 2 in 5.0 innings. Relief pitchers Yoervis Medina (2.0 IP, 3 K), Fernando Rodney (1.0 IP, H, BB) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0 IP, BB) held the Rockies scoreless the rest of the way.

The Rockies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd inning. After a leadoff triple by pitcher Tyler Chatwood, a two-out double by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and single by left fielder Carlos Gonzalez put the Rockies up 2-0. Chatwood left the game for a pinch-runner with a strained left hamstring and cramping.

Mariners Set 25-Man Roster
In case you didn’t see it, the Mariners have set the Opening Day 25-man roster. Here is the news release that went out today explaining the roster moves and who you will see in uniform when the team takes the field Monday in Anaheim.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (18-11-3) complete the Cactus League schedule with a game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Right-hander Chris Young is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Saturday against Rockies left-hander Franklyn Morales.

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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