Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 27
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 / 19 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Erasmo Ramirez (4.0 IP), Jordan Pries (3.0 IP), Tyler Olson (1.0 IP) and Carson Smith (1.0 IP) combined on a 3-hit shutout to lead the Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.
Starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez allowed one hit, a leadoff double in the first inning, in his 4.0 innings of work. The right-hander walked one and struck out a pair in his third spring start (1-0, 2.00 ERA). Jordan Pries added 3.0 scoreless innings allowing just a pair of hits (BB, 2 K) and Tyler Olson continued his dominating spring with a 1-2-3 8th inning. Olson has faced the minimum 21 batters over 7.0 innings (5 appearances) in Cactus League play. Smith fired a scoreless 9th to preserve the shutout.
The Mariners struck first with a single tally in the bottom of the 4th inning. Kyle Seager drilled a two-out double to right field and scored on a single to left by Justin Ruggiano.
With the pitching staff keeping the A’s in check, Seattle added three insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to extend the lead to 4-0. James Jones, Stefen Romero and Patrick Kivlehan each recorded run-scoring singles in the frame.
Nine different Mariners recorded a hit in the win. Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison each tabbed their second doubles of the spring.
The Video Highlights From Today’s Game
If You Missed Today’s Game…
If you were not able to catch today’s game on MLB Network or ROOT SPORTS this afternoon, you can try to convince your boss to let you watch the games during work hours in the future, or you can catch the replay later tonight on ROOT SPORTS at 7 pm or tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 pm.
Don’t Walk Away During The Commercial Break
As you’re well aware, the Mariners television commercials were released this morning. If you haven’t checked them out already, be sure to check out the blog post from this morning. Or you can check out the coverage from MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.
J.A. Happ Throws Simulated Game This Morning
Starter J.A. Happ threw against mostly Mariners minor leaguers this morning while building his pitch count up to 76. He pitched in five innings but his final pitching line was 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, HR while in a semi controlled environment while throwing 76 pitches, including 46 for strikes. The outing puts him in line to start on Tuesday, March 24th against the Padres in Peoria.
A Seinfeld Reunion
If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you must check out the blog for a blast from the past: “You Traded Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?!?!”
Speaking of Ken Phelps…
Ken Phelps and Jay Buhner both joined Mike Blowers and Aaron Goldsmith in the booth for part of today’s game. All we can say is that there was a lot of Major League power in the radio booth this afternoon. Let’s recap…Buhner hit 310 Major League home runs, Phelps hit 123, Blowers hit 78 and Goldsmith…well, he never even hit a home run during his Little League career.
And While We’re Talking About Jay Buhner…
Former Major Leaguer Tippy Martinez, who played 14 seasons with the Orioles Yankees and Twins, stopped by Mariners camp to chat with Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner. You never know who might stop by in camp.
The Birthday Boy
Mariners closer Fernando Rodney turned a very young 38 years-of-age today. The arrows will be flying in celebration tonight!
Busy Media Day In The Clubhouse
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was in camp this morning checking in with various players in the clubhouse so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the Mariners in the next few days. Also in camp were Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette from MLB Network Radio. You can listen to all of their interviews from Mariners camp by clicking the links below.
Robinson Cano discusses the new and improved Mariners lineup
Felix Hernandez discusses the new-look Mariners and his expectations for the season
Lloyd McClendon discusses the high expectations surrounding this years Mariners
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik discusses the team’s improved lineup
Quote of the Day
“There was no acting necessary for that bit. It was just the love of life. I’m really grateful for the Mariners. They’ve given me the opportunity to be a big league pitcher and now a rock star. Two dreams that every kid wants to live.” – Tom Wilhelmsen on his performance during the “Hawt Corner” Mariners commercial.