Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29
Friday, March 18, 2016 / 17 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS VS. RANGERS RECAP
The Mariners scored 7 runs over 3 consecutive innings in the second, third and fourth on their way to a 7-1 victory over Texas in front of 9,742 fans at Peoria Stadium.
Mariners starter Nathan Karns recorded 7 strikeouts and allowed just 1 run on 3 hits over 4.2 innings pitched to improve to 1-1 this spring. Karns allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in both the first and second innings, but each time bounced back to hold the Rangers scoreless, ending each frame on a strikeout. Karns finished his day by retiring the last 6 batters he faced, four on strikeouts.
Franklin Gutierrez opened a 4-run bottom of the second for the Mariners with a solo home run to the left of the batter’s eye in center field. Following Gutierrez’ home run, Chris Iannetta walked and one batter later, Shawn O’Malley singled to right field. Leonys Martín drove home Iannetta with a single, and O’Malley scored on an RBI groundout from Norichika Aoki. Martín eventually scored on a fielding error to give the Mariners a 4-0 advantage.
After a rocky top of the third in which he allowed a run on a double and two walks, Karns retired the Rangers 1-2-3 in the fourth with two strikeouts.
In the bottom of the third, Nelson Cruz lined a solo home run – his first of the spring – to stake the Mariners to a 5-1 lead.
The Mariners manufactured a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Martín was hit by a pitch, stole second base and came around to score on Ketel Marte’s double into the left field corner. Kyle Seager brought home Marte with a single to stretch the Mariners lead over the Rangers to 7-1.
Adrian Sampson (2.1 IP), Tony Zych (1.0 IP) and Jonathan Aro (1.0 IP) combined for 4.1 scoreless innings pitched in relief. Aro struck out the side in the top of the ninth.
Gutierrez is now batting .389 (7×18) with 4 home runs and 7 RBI on the spring. Martín stole 2 bases in the game and is tied with O’Malley for the team lead with 5 steals apiece this spring. The Mariners lead the Cactus League with 23 steals.
Nelson Cruz sends a long home run over the right-center field wall, extending the Mariners’ lead to 5-1
Ketel Marte drives an RBI double down the left-field line, adding to the Mariners’ lead in the bottom of the 4th inning
Leonys Martin singles up the middle and plates a run, adding to the Mariners’ lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning
Franklin Gutierrez sends a solo home run over the left-center field wall, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning
Kyle Seager rips an RBI single into left field, extending the Mariners’ advantage to 7-1
HOME OPENER IS 3 WEEKS FROM TODAY
The Mariners host the Oakland Athletics to open the 2016 home schedule three weeks from today: Friday, April 8 at 7:10 pm. It’s the first game of a six-game homestand that also features the Texas Rangers. Tickets are limited for Opening Night, but still available as part of multi-game tickets packages. Click here for more information.
BIG DAY ON TAP
The Mariners are split tomorrow, traveling to Kansas City for a 1:05 tilt, and hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 in Peoria. The D-Backs game will be televised by ROOT Sports and broadcast live on ESPN 710 Seattle. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to start for Seattle against Arizona in his second start of the spring.
IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY
20 years ago, Jay Buhner and his son, Chase were photographed in what turned out to be the cover of Sports Illustrated. Since this year is the anniversary, Jay and Chase took part in a recreation of the shot which you’ll see below. Time flies!
The Mariners had a small flury of roster moves today. Catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Boog Powell and right-handed pitcher Cody Martin were all optioned to AAA Tacoma. Seattle also signed Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract with an invitation to Big League camp. De Fratus was released by Seattle on March 16, but chose to re-sign a minor league deal today. The moves leave Seattle with 47 players in camp: 35 roster players, 10 non-roster invitees and 2 players on the 60-day DL.
NATHAN KARNS MAKES HIS PITCH
Starter Nathan Karns continued making his pitch to join the rotation, tossing 4.2 innings and allowing one run. After the game, Nathan shared his thoughts on his outing.
CONEXION CON BEISBOL
Felix Hernandez, Jesus Montero and Manny Acta sat down with media outlet Conexion con Beisbol (Connection with Baseball) this afternoon and it is clear that these guys are in demand not just locally, but internationally.
MARCH 18 PHOTO GALLERY