Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 13
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 / 33 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Baseball Is Back!:
The Mariners played their Cactus League opener today against the San Diego Padres…more on that later in the blog.
Boomstick Checks In With Brock & Salk:
With Mike Salk and Brock Huard from 710 ESPN Seattle in town, Nelson Cruz made sure to stop by for a few minutes to chat on the radio about the upcoming season. Cruz told them that “there’s no better time to be a Mariner than right now.”
The Bear In The Pen:
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma threw another bullpen today and is in line to pitch in a game on the 7th in one of the two split-squad games.
Busy Day For The King:
Felix Hernandez had a busy day today. He went about his usual schedule…but he had a production crew following him around everywhere he went. He worked on PFP with the rest of his teammates, then played long-toss in the outfield of Field 6, then warmed up in the bullpen before throwing live BP to some minor leaguers. The media corps, larger than usual, waiting patiently in the dugout.
Taijuan Walker Checks In With ROOT SPORTS:
After tossing two scoreless innings (more on that in a bit), Taijuan Walker jumped on the headset and chatted with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims during the game. Just a reminder, 16 spring training games will be televised, so be sure to tune in to watch the action and the interviews.
Mariners Open Cactus League Play With 4-3 Win Over Padres:
The Seattle Mariners opened Cactus League play with a walk-off 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres in 10 innings Wednesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. Tyler Marlette scored the game-winning run on a single by Patrick Kivlehan and a fielding error by Padres right fielder Rymer Liriano.
Jesus Montero (2×2), Michael Dowd (2×2) and Kivlehan (2×3) each recorded multi-hit games as the Mariners out-hit the Padres 13-7. D.J. Peterson went 1-for-5 connecting on a solo home run in his first at-bat.
Eight Mariners pitchers combined to allow just a pair of earned runs in the 10-inning game. Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out a pair in his spring debut. Sam Gaviglio (2.0,0,0,0,0,2), David Rollins (1.0,0,0,0,0,0), Carson Smith (1.0,0,0,0,2,1) and Mark Lowe (1.0,1,0,0,1,0) added scoreless outings. Lowe (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning.
The Padres were limited to two hits in the first six innings before Justin Upton led off the 7th inning with a home run off the center field fence. Tommy Medica went 2-for-2 with an RBI coming off the bench.
Here are a few highlights from today’s game:
D.J. Peterson Solo Home Run
Taijuan Walker on his First Spring Start
Mike Dowd Singles In Go-Ahead Run
Mike Dowd RBI Single
Kivlehan Throws Out Turner at Home in the 9th
Marlette’s Scores Game-Winning Run
Mariners March 4 Slideshow: