Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 24
Sunday, March 13, 2016 / 22 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
Reds at Mariners Recap:
The Mariners (7-6) fell behind early and never fully recovered in a 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Cincinnati Reds in front of 7,428 fans at Peoria Stadium.
Seattle mounted a rally in the eighth inning; Shawn O’Malley doubled with two outs, he scored on a single by Daniel Robertson and then Luis Liberato singled to put runners on the corners. The go-ahead run came to the plate in the form of Dae-Ho Lee, but he struck out to end the inning and the threat.
Starter Nathan Karns cruised at the start of the game, retiring the first seven batters he faced before allowing back-to-back home runs in the third inning to Zack Cosart (2 R-HR) and Jake Cave (solo). He faced the minimum of three batters in the fourth inning, getting help from his defense with an inning-ended lineout double play that doubled off the runner at third base.
Seattle got two runs back in the bottom half of the third inning, as Norichika Aoki (2B) and Boog Powell (2-RBI 1B) both came through with two-out hits to put the Mariners on the board and get them to within a run at 3-2.
Willie Bloomquist, who announced his retirement as an active player earlier in the week, swung by the complex to say hello to his former teammates and front office friends. Willie is a Port Orchard native who was drafted by Seattle twice: once out of South Kitsap High School, and again in the 3rd round of the 1999 Draft out of Arizona State.
He played with the Mariners from 2002-2008 and again in 2014-2015. While at the game, he was kind enough to join Aaron Goldsmith and Rick Rizzs in the radio booth. Willie finished out his career having appeared in over 1,000 games with Seattle, Kansas City, Arizona and Cincinnati.
Camp is getting smaller
Their were another seven roster moves prior to the morning workout, as six players (LHP Paul Fry, C Marcus Littlewood, C Steve Lerud, INF Benji Gonzalez, INF Tyler Smith and OF Dario Pizzano) were re-assigned to minor league camp. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia, who joined camp late after signing as an international free agent (from Cuba) was optioned to AA Jackson.
Major League spring training camps have all the players on a team’s 40-man (MLB) roster, as well as some number of minor league players who are “invited” to camp. When the cuts start, invited players are re-assigned to minor league camp, while players on the 40-man roster need to be optioned out of camp.
After today’s moves, 51 players remain in camp. The team will break with 25 players on the active roster.
Old Friends…and young ones
The Cincinnati Reds feature several old friends of the Mariners. They are managed by Bryan Price; “BP” played in the Mariners system, was a coach in the minor league system, and was big league pitching coach from 2000-2005.
Also in Reds camp are Mariners Hall of Famer Lou Piniella (who is now a Reds special assistant) and bench coach Jim Riggleman (who was a coach and interim manager for Seattle). Finally, a defensive replacement for Cincy in the game was Beau Amaral, the son of former Mariners outfielder Rich Amaral.
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The Weather Report
We’ve tried to avoid this since it feels like we’re taking a cheap shot at our fans who can’t be here…but, today was perfect: 77 degrees at first pitch. It’s supposed to be spectacular all week.