Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 32
Monday, March 23, 2015 / 14 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
The Mariners bullpen allowed just one run in 6.1 innings but the offense couldn’t rally from an early deficit, falling 5-0 to the Angels in Cactus League play on Monday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The game was played in front of 7,720 fans as the Mariners had their Cactus League record fall to 9-9-2.
Erasmo Ramirez, making his fourth start of the spring, retired the side in order in the first but an error to lead off the second frame led to four runs, two of them earned, before he gave way to the bullpen.
Reliever Grady Wood, who played last season at High-A High Desert, allowed a run in 1.1 innings before the rest of the bullpen threw up zeroes the rest of the way. Jordan Pries allowed just two hits in his three shutout frames, before Charlie Furbush (7th) and Yoervis Medina (8th) closed out the loss.
The Mariners collected just two hits, a one-out double by Mike Zunino in the 5th, which was followed by a Logan Morrison single. Unfortunately, both runners were stranded.
Tempe Diablo Stadium, We Meet Again:
The Mariners returned to their first spring home today, making the trip over to Tempe Diablo Stadium…the Mariners called Tempe Diablo Stadium home from the team’s inception in 1977 until 1992 before moving over to Peoria…the Seattle Pilots also called Tempe Diablo home in 1969.
A Minor Note:
While the Mariners were in Tempe taking on the Angels there was, as always, plenty of action on the minor league fields. Hisashi Iwakuma stayed back to pitch in a minor league game, and we have the following report from Field 6: Kuma threw 5.0 innings vs. the Round Rock Express (Texas AAA). He allowed 6 hits, 2 earned runs, while walking 1 and striking out 8. Shin-Soo Choo led off each inning for Round Rock and finished 3-for-5.
“I felt good overall out there,” said Iwakuma. “It was different to face (Shin-Soo) Choo each inning, but also good to face a Major League hitter in the game. I had a good feel with the split, it is starting to dive a lot. I feel like I could start the season right now physically, just all mental from here out.”
Jesus Montero hit a 2-run homer. Robinson Cano, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson bounced between the AAA and AA games, picking up at bats.
One Short Step for Man:
Willie Bloomquist made his spring 2015 debut at shortstop today in Tempe. The team was cautious with Willie this spring as he finished the 2014 season on the disabled list. With his return to short, Willie is a full go. Perfect timing as the team counts down the final two weeks prior to Opening Day in Seattle.
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