Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 33
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 13 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
The Mariners dropped to 9-10-2 in Cactus League play falling to the Padres 6-4 in a “road” game at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners jumped out to an early 1-0 game two batters into the game following a leadoff double by Austin Jackson and a run-scoring single by Seth Smith. Smith added a solo home run in the 3rd inning (video below) and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ was saddled with the loss allowing 8 hits and 6 runs (5 ER) in 3.2 innings. Here is the official box score from MLB.com.
Felix Hernandez and Robinson Canó grace the cover of Sports Illustrated on one of the four regional covers that hit newsstands this week. Canó was on a regional cover last year. Check out the regional cover and be sure to pick one up this week:
Ken Griffey Jr. arrived in camp late yesterday afternoon and made his presence in camp this morning. He even joined the radio broadcast for a few innings, which you can listen to tonight starting at 7 pm on ESPN 710.
I Grew Up Watching You:
Utility players Shawn O’Malley is a Washington native (Tri-Cities) and grew up watching Ken Griffey Jr. play for the Mariners. As you could expect, the 27-year-old was a little nervous to meet one of his childhood idols. Longtime trainer Rick Griffin caught wind of O’Malley wanting to meet Junior, and pulled the two together. Shawn’s first words to Ken? “I grew up watching you!” Always fun to see those interactions in the clubhouse.
Felix Hernandez and James Paxton threw bullpens on their normal throwing days, ramping up to their next starts. Felix is scheduled to throw Thursday vs. the Royals in Peoria and Paxton is scheduled to go Friday night vs. the Royals in Surprise.
Road Game (sort of):
Today was the first of two spring dates where the Mariners will play a road game, without leaving the friendly confines of Peoria Stadium. The Mariners will also play a “road” game vs. the Padres this Sunday (3/29).
The first pitch temperature at Peoria Stadium was 81° with a slight breeze blowing out to right field.
Night Game Tomorrow:
The Mariners will play their second night game of the spring tomorrow night vs. the Chicago Cubs. The game will be played under the Peoria Stadium lights at 7:05 pm. The Cubs are always one of the biggest draws of the spring, so it is sure to be a packed crowd. The game will also be televised live by ROOT SPORTS and broadcasted on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Tweet of the Day:
Minor league shortstop Jack Reinheimer made a nice over-the-shoulder catch while running with his back to home plate in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Welcome to Camp:
The voice of the Tacoma Rainiers, Mike Curto, arrived in Peoria today, and after a stop at In-N-Out Burger, made his way to the Peoria Sports Complex. You can give Mike a follow on twitter (@Curtoworld) and via his great blog, Booth, Justice and the American Pastime.
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