Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 43
Friday, April 3, 2015 / 3 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ allowed 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings and shortstop Brad Miller hit a two-run triple to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday evening in spring training play at Peoria Stadium.
The Mariners improved to 12-17-2 in preseason play with one exhibition game remaining tomorrow vs. the Rockies at Salt River Fields. The Mariners open the 2015 regular season Monday (April 6) vs. the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 pm at Safeco Field (RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jered Weaver).
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2-3) turned in his best spring start in his final tune-up, scattering 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings. Happ struck out 4 batters and walked a pair while throwing 69 pitches (44 strikes). Relievers Danny Farquhar (1.1 IP, H, K) and Grady Wood (2.0 IP, 2 H, R, 2 K) and Paul Fry (1.0 IP, 2 K) held the Rockies to one run over the final 4.1 innings to secure the win. Fry recorded the save with a 1-2-3 9th inning with a pair of strikeouts.
The Mariners jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Miller tripled in a pair of runs and scored on a sac fly by Austin Jackson. First baseman Logan Morrison added to the lead with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
The Rockies pulled to within one run at 4-3 with a three-run 5th inning. Four consecutive singles by DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez led to the big inning.
Gabby Guerrero, the Mariners No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, added an insurance run in the 7th inning with a towering home run off the batter’s eye in center field.
Mariners prospect Gabby Guerrero, nephew of Vladimir, hit a booming home run off the center field backdrop at Peoria Stadium. As a 20-year-old at High-A High Desert last season, he hit .307 (165×538) with 97 runs, 28 doubles, 2 triples, 18 home runs and 96 RBI in 131 games. We still don’t know where he is starting the season, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him move up to Double-A Jackson.
Taking The Time:
It’s been a fun and eventful spring for autograph seekers. After players come out of the game, they pass through autograph alley where fans can line up and meet their favorite Mariners. Today, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley and J.A. Happ came out of the game at the same time and all three stopped in the alley and signed until every single fan had a chance to have their souvenir signed. The Mariners really appreciate the fan support and make sure to stop by to say thanks.
Seattle Times Special Section Photography:
Ever wonder what goes into photographing the Mariners special section for the Seattle Times? Check out the link above to read about Bettina Hansen‘s first-hand account of her great photos.
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