Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 22
Friday, March 13, 2015 / 24 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ allowed one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariners to a 10-5 Cactus League victory over the Brewers Friday afternoon in front of 9,694 fans at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the 1st inning. Right fielder Seth Smith doubled home Austin Jackson to get the scoring started. Mike Zunino keyed a three-run 3rd inning with a two-run single to left field to extend the lead. Chris Taylor led the offense going 3-for-3 with a triple and Dustin Ackley went 2-for-3 with a RBI. Happ (1-1) was solid in his second spring start, allowing just an infield single in his 3.0-inning appearance. The left-hander struck out a pair and did not walk a batter while facing 10 batters (43 pitches, 30 strikes). Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:
It was a busy morning in camp with Jon Heyman (CBSSports.com), Peter Gammons (MLB Network/MLB.com), Tyler Kepner (New York Times), Bob Nightengale (USA Today) and the MLB Network all covering the Mariners.
MLB Network 30 in 30:
Be sure to tune in tonight to the MLB Network at 7 pm PT to get an inside look at the 2015 Mariners and preview their upcoming season with 30 Clubs in 30 Days during MLB Tonight. Former Major Leaguer Sean Casey was in camp this morning conducting interviews with Robinson Canó, Felix Hernandez, Rickie Weeks, Kyle Seager, James Paxton, Mike Zunino and Taijuan Walker to name just a few.
After a few days of gray skies (but pleasant temps), today’s first-pitch temperature was 84°.
Shortstop Brad Miller turned in one of the top defensive plays of the spring, diving to his left and making a long throw to record the out. Give the play a watch:
Jack Z on High Heat:
Jack Zduriencik was a guest on MLB Networks High Heat with Chris Russo this morning. Here is the video clip of the interview:
Photos of the Day:
Quote of the Day:
Overheard in the Marines clubhouse after practices as Peter Gammons was in search of LHP Charlie Furbush, who like Gammons hails from the Northeast (Portland, Maine).
“I sure hope you didn’t go home this winter,” said Gammons, deadpanning about the frigid and snow-filled winter in the Northeast.
Furbush made his offseason home in Seattle, trading the harsh winter for the mild Northwest weather.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (4-6) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Saturday, March 14) vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his third spring start against Diamondbacks s scheduled to make his second Cactus League start against Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 0.00).
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