Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 26
MARINERS VS. ANGELS RECAP
TEMPE, Ariz. – Dario Pizzano hit his first home run of the spring to give Seattle a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th, but Los Angeles rallied for an equalizing run in the bottom of the inning as the Mariners and Angels played to a 4-4 tie at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Seattle got on the board in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Stefen Romero and Kyle Seager hit back-to-back singles with two outs. Romero then scored on Dae-Ho Lee‘s single to left field, the Mariners third consecutive two-out hit of the inning.
The Angels answered back with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the score at 1-1. Yunel Escobar led off with a double and scored on Daniel Nava’s double. Los Angeles took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Mike Trout started the inning with a double and later scored on a single from Kole Calhoun.
The Mariners struck again with two outs in the fourth to plate two runs for a 3-2 advantage. Lee led off the inning with a double and Mike Zunino reached on an error. Daniel Robertson delivered a two-out double down the right-field line to bring home Lee and Zunino.
Los Angeles evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. Jett Bandy drew a one-out walk and took second base on a wild pitch. Nava brought home Bandy on a single to right field.
After Pizzano’s home run gave the Mariners the 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th, the Angels tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Craig Gentry tripled down the right-field line to begin the inning. With one out, Geovanny Soto lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Gentry.
Cody Martin made his first start of the spring for Seattle and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 in 3.0 innings. Reliever Justin De Fratus gave up 1 run in 2.0 innings. Donn Roach tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 6. Jonathan Aro allowed 1 run on 1 hit in the bottom of the 9th.
Romero continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4, with 1 run scored. Romero is now batting .480 (12×25) with 5 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBI in 11 games this spring. With one hit in today’s game, Robertson is now batting .529 (9-for-17) with 3 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples and 7 RBI this spring.
The Mariners (7-8-1) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 16) to face the San Francisco Giants at 1:10 pm at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed), and televised by ROOT Sports. Right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Pizzano’s 9th Inning, Go-Ahead Homer
Robertson’s Two-Run Double
Lee’s RBI Single
Romero’s Tough Stop
MARINERS COMMERCIALS DEBUT TOMORROW
The commercials, shot on location during Spring Training, begin airing tomorrow during the broadcast of the Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants game at the Peoria Sports Complex. (1:10pm first pitch). The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS. The commercials will run throughout the season on local and regional broadcast and cable channels. They can also be viewed starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Mariners.com/Commercials, where viewers can vote online for their favorite.
WADE MILEY SIMULATED GAME
Left-hander Wade Miley was scheduled to start today’s Cactus League game against the Angels, but instead the staff decided to have him toss a simulated game at the Mariners complex. Wade breezed through 4.0 innings against Mariners minor leaguers, working 4.0 shutout frames, allowing a bloop hit to center, while striking out four. He made 40 pitches, 31 of them were strikes.
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW
Baseball’s a funny game. It doesn’t matter how many games you watch, there will be things that still catch you by surprise. We could write about what happened on the play, but it’s best if you just watch it.
WHO WE ARE
As part of 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Who We Are” series, Shannon Drayer sat down with Mariners fan favorite Franklin Gutierrez for an in-depth interview to discuss what he values in his life, in the clubhouse and what drives him. Shannon will check in with various players and coaches over the coming weeks and the features will be used on various formats including the radio, their website and on other social media accounts.
FORMER MARINERS LEFTY RETIRES
Some of you may remember left-hander Rob Rasmussen, who spent the second half of the season with the Mariners…today, he decided to walk away from the game and focus on his education. He’s one class short of completing his bachelors and will then work on his Masters of Business Administration. If you’d like to read more about his decision, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has more details: Rasmussen announces retirement from game
THE IDES OF MARCH
Today is March 15, the Ides of March…Seattle has never had a player named Julius, Caesar, Brutas or Cassius…we did have Cesar Jimenez (lhp) and former minor league coach, Cal MicLish; his full name: Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish.
PETE & BUBBA
Pete Fortune (left) and Bubba Harkins (right) catch up in the visiting clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Between 1986 (when Pete started with the Mariners while Seattle trained here) and now, with Bubba handling the visiting clubhouse duties, the two have spent the past 30 years in this clubhouse in Tempe.
MARCH 15 PHOTO GALLERY