Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 31
Sunday, March 22, 2015 / 15 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
A pair of three-run home runs by Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz powered the Mariners to an 8-0 win over the Rangers Sunday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.
The game was played in front of 9,543 fans as the Mariners improved their Cactus League record at 9-8-2.
The Mariners rallied with two outs in the first inning on a Robinson Cano walk and Cruz single in front of a Seager three run home run to left-center. Cano was in the middle of the next rally, following Seth Smith’s one out walk with a single to left before a Cruz three-run shot off the center-field wall high above the yellow line.
Cruz has hit a home run in each of his last two games and now has three home runs on the spring. During Cactus League play, he is hitting .407 (11×27) with 5 runs, 3 home runs and 7 RBI.
Seattle tacked on two runs in the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles by Logan Morrison and Dustin Ackley
James Paxton, making his first start of the Cactus League this spring, earned the win while tossing 3.1 shutout innings while working around five hits, all singles. The relief corps consisting of David Rollins (1.2 IP), Danny Farquhar (1.2 IP), Carson Smith (1.1 IP) and Dominic Leone (1.0 IP) combined to throw the second Mariners shutout of the spring.
Game Video Highlights:
Bloop and a Blast
There’s an old baseball expression, “we just need a bloop and a blast”. The Mariners, and Kyle Seager, demonstrated that in the first inning today. With two outs, Robinson Cano worked a walk, and Nelson Cruz blooped a ball in to short right field. Suddenly, it was two-on and two-out, and when Seager deposited a 1-0 pitch over the left-center field wall Seattle had a 3-0 lead. In the third, it was a walk by Seth Smith, a single the other way by Cano, and Cruz blasting a towering home run off the Blue Monster in center field. Starting pitcher James Paxton said after the game that he’d happily take a pair of 3-run homers in every start he makes this year.
Night Court at a Day Game
Rick Rizzs had a special guest drop by the booth today. Harry Anderson, an actor, writer, director and magician best known for the long-running sitcom Night Court. Harry starred as an eccentric judge in the TV show that ran from 1984-1992. Anderson used to live in the Seattle area, where he became friends with Rick. Anderson also guest-starred on Cheers several times (as Harry the Hat), where he got to know writer Ken Levine. Levine later broadcast Mariners games, as well. Harry Anderson also was a featured guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and Saturday Night Live, including as a host.