Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 41

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 / 5 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Right fielder Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead the White Sox to a 12-4 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners dropped to 11-17-2 in the final Cactus League game of the spring. Seattle will wrap up the spring schedule with a pair of exhibition games Friday (7:05 pm in Peoria) and Saturday (12:10 pm in Scottsdale) vs. the Rockies. The 2015 season opener is Monday, April 6 vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

The White Sox scored in each of the first four innings to build a 10-1 lead. Garcia recorded a 2-run single in the 2nd inning and a 2-run home run off relief pitcher Dominic Leone in the 4th inning.

Starting pitcher James Paxton (1-2) took the loss allowing 10 hits and 7 runs in 3.1 innings. Closer Fernando Rodney allowed one hit in his scoreless outing (1.0 IP), and has not allowed a run in 8 appearances this spring (7.2 IP).

Center fielder Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double, raising his spring batting average to .351 (20×57).

 

Game Highlights:

Marvelous Mariner:

Taijuan Walker's spring training numbers have got people's attention.

Taijuan Walker’s spring training numbers have got people’s attention.

We could give you a few sentences about how good Taijuan Walker has been this spring for the Mariners, but let the above ESPN graphic do the talking.

Where’s All The Stuff?:

The equipment truck left at noon today and is now on its way to Seattle to get everything ready for Opening Day.

The equipment truck left at noon today and is now on its way to Seattle to get everything ready for Opening Day.

Now that the equipment truck has left, a lot of the areas in the Mariners complex are pretty bare. Most of the bats, uniforms, medical equipment, office supplies, golf clubs, luggage…anything you can think of is now on its way to Seattle. Just another sign that the season is just around the corner.

ROOT SPORTS Interviews:

Robinson Cano checks in with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims.

Robinson Cano checks in with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims.

If you’ve been watching the Mariners games on ROOT SPORTS, you’ve no doubt heard Mike Blowers and Dave Sims interview players during the game. Today, Fernando Rodney, Robinson Cano and Logan Morrison checked in on headset to talk about their spring trainings and getting ready for the season.

Tyler Olson Honored Prior to Game:

Mariners rookie left-hander Tyler Olson was honored prior to today's game.

Mariners rookie left-hander Tyler Olson was honored prior to today’s game.

Mariners rookie left-hander Tyler Olson put together a solid spring, making 10 appearances and not allowing an earned run in 12.2 innings while striking out 15 batters. He was honored prior to the game as the Peoria Sports Complex Rookie of the Year. The Gonzaga product has put himself in good position to make the Mariners Opening Day roster.

Something To Look Forward To:

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