Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 23
Saturday, March 12, 2016 / 23 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
LET’S PLAY TWO:
MARINERS AT REDS RECAP:
The Mariners rallied for 4 runs in the top of the 8th inning as Seattle defeated Cincinnati 5-2 at Goodyear Park in front of 6,907 fans.
Starter Mike Montgomery made his first start of the spring, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings. The left-hander allowed only 2 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 2 vs. the Reds.
Reliever Vidal Nuño followed and tossed a scoreless 4th and 5th innings before allowing 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning that allowed Cincinnati to take a 2-1 lead. RH Dan Altavilla faced the minimum, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 2 to earn his first win. RH Emilio Pagan worked around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 9th inning before retiring the next 3 batters to earn the save.
3B Shawn O’Malley led off the 6th inning with a triple to left-center and scored on a 1-out single to centerfield by Luis Sardiñas to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead.
Trailing 2-1, the Mariners erupted in the top of the 8th inning sending 9 men to the plate and recording 4 runs on 5 hits to take a 5-2 lead. First-baseman Dae-Ho Lee tied the game with a 1-out single in the top of the 8th inning scoring centerfielder Braden Bishop. Left-fielder Tyler O’Neill followed with a 3-run bomb to right-center that gave the Mariners a 5-2 lead.
MARINERS VS. DODGERS RECAP:
The Mariners took an early lead and battled back from two deficits, but dropped an 8-4 extra-inning affair against the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of 10,066 fans at Peoria Stadium.
After giving up four runs in the top of the 10th inning, Seattle mounted a two-out rally on a double by Tyler Smith, a walk by Arby Fields and a single to center by Steve Lerud. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia came to the plate as the tying run, but struck out on a foul tip to end the game.
Seattle got on the board first in the third inning as Franklin Gutierrez led off with a single and came around to score on a double by catcher Steve Clevenger (moved to third on throw). Boog Powell followed with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0.
After the Dodgers took the lead with a single run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, Seattle tied the game on a Robinson Canó solo home run in the sixth inning. Seattle and Los Angeles traded single runs in the seventh inning to keep the game tied at four.
Starter James Paxton tossed 4.0 strong innings, allowing one unearned run while striking out two. In three starts this spring, he is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA (4 ER, 9.0 IP) with 4 strikeouts.
MARINERS RETURN TO ACTION TOMORROW:
The Mariners continue Cactus League play tomorrow against the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 PT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised by ROOT Sports. Right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Reds righty Anthony DeSclafani.
DIFFERENT KIND OF DAY:
For the first time this spring, the Mariners had a night game today. Actually, they had two, as the team had its first split squad of the spring. Tim Bogar took one half the team on the road to Goodyear to take on the Reds, while Scott Servais led the other half of the squad at home in Peoria against the Dodgers. Players did not have to arrive until 3 pm, so most took advantage of a rare opportunity to sleep in a bit. Seattle will also play split squad tilts on Monday (March 14) and Saturday (March 19).
SEEN IN CAMP:
A visitor to the Mariners offices today, and sitting in the front row of the home game vs. the Dodgers, was former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn. Also in the ballpark night was current Seahawks punter, Jon Ryan.
THE HALL IN THE HOUSE:
Brad Horn, the Hall of Fame’s Vice President of Communications and Education, is in Peoria this week hosting a booth featuring information on the Hall of Fame and Induction Weekend. Fans in Peoria could get information on travel, housing and the greater upstate New York area, as well as information on how they can come see Ken Griffey Jr. be inducted. More information for all fans is available at http://www.baseballhall.org/
IT’S GETTING TO BE THAT TIME OF THE SPRING:
The Mariners made their first cuts of camp tonight, as left-handed pitchers Danny Hultzen & Brad Mills and outfielder Mike Baxter were re-assigned to minor league camp. Seattle now has 58 players in big league camp. With Opening Day less than three weeks away, and starting pitchers working deeper into the game, camp will begin to shrink rapidly.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM TONIGHT’S GAME IN PEORIA: