Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29
Friday, March 20, 2015 / 17 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI and 2014 first-round draft pick Alex Jackson hit a game-tying home run in the 8th inning as the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers played to a 4-4 tie Friday afternoon in Cactus League play at Surprise Stadium.
The Mariners are 8-7-2 in spring training play, including a 4-1-2 record over the last seven games.
Zunino hit a solo home run with two outs in the 4th inning to tie the game 1-1 and then connected on a go-ahead 2-run home run in the 6th inning.
The Rangers jumped ahead in the bottom of the 7th inning on a 2-run home run by designated hitter Mitch Moreland off Mariners relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen.
Jackson, the 6th overall selection in the 2014 MLB June Draft, crushed an opposite field home run to right field to tie the game at 4-4. The 19-year-old out of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., was the 2014 Baseball America High School Player of the Year.
Starting Pitcher Roenis Elias allowed 5 hits and 2 runs (1 ER) in 4.0 innings while recording a no-decision. The left-hander struck out 4 and walked 2 in his fourth spring outing (3rd start). LHP Charlie Furbush (1.0 IP), RHP Yoervis Medina (1.2 IP) and LHP Joe Saunders (1.0 IP) did not allow runs in their relief outings.
Game Video Highlights (more will be posted as they are available)
Mariners 2014 draft pick Alex Jackson hit a monster home run to right-center today to tie the game. Be sure to check back tomorrow when we’ll have the video shot by Mariners video guru Jimmy Hartley.
Mariners Spring Roster Gets Smaller
The Mariners trimmed the Spring roster this morning by optioning left-hander Lucas Luetge, catcher John Hicks, infielders Ketel Marte and Jesus Montero, outfielders James Jones and Stefen Romero to AAA Tacoma, and re-assigning right-hander Justin Germano, left-hander Rafael Perez, infielders D.J. Peterson and Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to minor league camp.
Today’s roster moves leave the Mariners with 39 players in their Major League camp: 30 roster players and 9 non-roster invitees.