Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 27

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 / 19 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)


Seattle Mariners' Luis Sardinas, left, celebrates his two-run home run with Norichika Aoki, of Japan, during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

After falling behind 5-0 early, the Mariners batted around for 6 runs on 6 hits in the bottom of the third and never looked back, defeating the Giants, 9-6, at Peoria Stadium.

San Francisco jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring 2 runs in the top of the second and 3 runs in the third, but the Mariners responded with a big inning.

Effren Navarro led off the bottom of the third with a walk, followed by a single off the bat of Shawn O’Malley. Leonys Martín then connected for his first home run of the spring to cut the Giants lead to 5-3. After a single from Norichika Aoki, Luis Sardiñas belted his first home run to even the score at 5-5. Robinson Canó was the sixth Mariners batter to reach base safely to begin the third as he tripled to center field. Canó later scored on Chris Iannetta’s single to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead.

O’Malley began the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to right field to give the Mariners a 7-5 advantage.

Canó started the bottom of the fifth with a double to right field, advanced to third on a single from Nelson Cruz and scored when Franklin Gutierrez lifted a sacrifice fly to center. The Mariners took a 9-5 lead in the bottom of the fifth as Iannetta drove home pinch-runner Luis Caballero with a double.

Making his third start of the spring, Hisashi Iwakuma allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and walked 2 in 2.2 innings pitched. Vidal Nuño (1-1) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in relief and earned the win. Emilio Pagan and Casey Coleman each pitched 1.0 scoreless inning with two strikeouts apiece.

O’Malley was 2-for-2 with 2 runs, 1 home run and 1 RBI on the day and is now batting .545 (12×22) with 11 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run and 2 RBI this spring. Sardiñas was 1-for-3 with 1 run, 1 home run and 2 RBI and is batting .433 (13×30) with 6 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 10 RBI in 13 games this spring.


The Mariners take the lead with six runs in the 3rd inning, fueled by home runs from Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas.

Leonys Martin hits his first homer of the spring, a three-run shot over the right-center field fence, to cut into the Giants’ lead.

Luis Sardinas hits a long, two-run home run over the right-center field fence, tying the game at 5 in the bottom of the 3rd inning

Shawn O’Malley lines a pitch from Jeff Samardzija over the right-field wall for his first home run of the spring

Chris Iannetta singles into right right field, scoring Robinson Cano and giving the Mariners a 6-5 lead the 3rd inning

Chris Iannetta drives an RBI double to right-center field, scoring Tyler O’Neill and adding to the Mariners’ lead




The Mariners had their biggest crowd of the spring today as 11,171 fans enjoyed a Mariners victory under a sunny blue sky. What better place to be during this time of year?



Cruz in Cape

We all know that Superman is faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…but everybody in Major League Baseball knows that Nelson Cruz hits baseball fastballs that rival bullet speeds and that his home runs bounce off of tall buildings. Today, Nelson played the part, taking batting practice wearing a Superman shirt and cape. We didn’t get a great shot of the shirt, but above you’ll see a picture from last spring wearing one.



1200x628_CommercialsIf you missed them earlier today, be sure to check out the Mariners commercials that debuted this morning. If you’d like a recap as well as links to the videos, check out our earlier blog: Introducing the 2016 Mariners Commercials



Charlie Furbush likes Kyle Seager’s style in his commercial so much that he may have walked off the set with some of the “swag” that Kyle wore during the shoot. We provide you with a photo of Charlie (courtesy of Shannon Drayer) without commentary.



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