Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 23

Saturday, March 14, 2015 / 23 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker turned in 3.0 scoreless innings and Rickie Weeks went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 11-4 Cactus League victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,964 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Seattle blew open a close game (led 5-4 entering 9th inning) by scoring 6 runs in the top of the 9th inning, sending 11 batters to the plate. The Mariners evened their spring record at 6-6 earning a win for the second day in a row (10-5 win over Milwaukee yesterday). The Mariners have scored 21 runs and recorded 27 hits over the last two games. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

Another Solid Start:
Taijuan Walker
had another solid Cactus League start, with 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings today vs. the Diamondbacks. In three spring starts Walker has yet to allow a run, while scattering 2 hits and striking out 8 in 8.0 innings. Walker left after his third inning today after being hit in his midsection with a hard grounder (video below), but he continued throwing in the Mariners bullpen to reach his pitch count.

Web Gem:
Dustin Ackley
made a sliding catch in left field to rob Ender Inciarte of a hit in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Weather Report:
Not to bore anyone reading the blog, but another day of sunshine and 84° at first pitch.

True to his Word:
Mariners strength and conditioning coach James Clifford lost an offseason bet with Willie Bloomquist, and today was payday. Bloomquist, a product of Arizona State University, bet Clifford, a former University of Washington football player on the outcome of the UW-ASU football game. The Sun Devils were victorious 24-10, and today was payday. Clifford wore Willie’s old ASU baseball jersey around camp this morning.

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Bad News for Taylor:
Middle infielder Chris Taylor has been diagnosed with a fracture of the triquetrum bone in his right wrist. race for 7 – 10 days. At that time, he will begin additional treatment and will progress based on healing and tolerance. He will continue to wear the brace on the wrist except while rehabbing, including while sleeping, but is expected to be able to perform baseball activities in 4 to 6 weeks. Taylor was struck in the wrist by a pitch in the 6th inning of yesterday’s (Friday, March 13) game versus the Brewers by pitcher Jim Henderson (ruled by umpire as a foul ball). Taylor remained in the game, and singled up the middle, but was removed after the single for a pinch runner.

Nice Wheels:
James Jones
got a chance to show off his blazing speed in the top of the 6th inning. After drawing a two-out walk, Jones raced around the bases to score on a double to center field by Stefen Romero. You can see the video clip below:

Pi Day:
Today (3.14.15) is National Pi Day, celebrating all the joys of the mathematical constant…with that in mind, the Mariners are happy to remind you that Robinson Cano hit .314 in 2014, his first season with the team & that Jose Vidro hit .314 in 2007 with the M’s…Armando Benitez had a 3.14 ERA in 2003 with the Mariners and, finally, the π-est Mariner of them all: Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched four MLB seasons (2000-2003), all with Seattle, and ended his big league career with an earned run average of 3.14.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (6-6) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 15) vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm / ROOT SPORTS / 710 ESPN Seattle). Left-hander Roenis Elias (0-0, 4.50) is scheduled to make his third spring appearances (2nd start) against Dodgers left-hander and reigning 2014 National League Cy Young award winner and MVP Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.80).

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Mike Zunino signing autographs.

 

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