Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 34
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 / 12 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS VS. ATHLETICS RECAP
PEORIA, Ariz. – Chris Iannetta and Luis Sardiñas equaled the most RBI by a Mariners player this spring with 4 RBI apiece, but it was not enough in a 13-12 loss to Oakland before 10,014 on a clear night at Peoria Stadium. Sardiñas collected his 4 RBI on the Mariners first grand slam of Spring Training action.
Oakland wasted little time in taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on three straight singles and a Mariners fielding error.
The Mariners quickly captured the lead in the bottom of the first. Norichika Aoki laced a doubled into the right-center field gap, and Ketel Marte followed with a frozen-rope single back up the middle. With two outs in the inning, Iannetta delivered a two-run double into the right field corner. Seth Smith drove in the go-ahead run with his 2nd triple of the spring, as the Mariners went in front, 3-2.
The Athletics scored 3 runs in the top of the second – all with two outs – to go back up, 5-3.
Aoki began a two-out rally in the bottom of the second as he singled to left and later scored on Kyle Seager’s single to bring the Mariners within one run of the Athletics, 5-4. With the bases loaded and two outs, Iannetta once again came through in the clutch, sending a single to right field to bring home two runs and give the Mariners a 6-5 lead. Seattle extended the lead to 7-5 on a run-scoring single from Smith.
Oakland tallied 4 runs in the top of the third to take a 9-7 lead over Seattle. The majority of the damage was credited to Jake Smolinski’s 3-run home run.
With the bases loaded and no out in the bottom of the fifth, Sardiñas belted a grand slam down the left field line, his 2nd home run of the spring and the Mariners first grand slam in Cactus League action. Sardiñas’ grand slam gave the Mariners an 11-9 advantage.
In the top of the sixth, the Athletics sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 4 runs on 4 hits to take a 13-11 lead. The Mariners answered back with 1 run in the bottom of the seventh, as Dae-Ho Lee scored on an RBI groundout, but the 13-12 Oakland advantage would be the final tally.
Iannetta was 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 4 RBI and 1 walk in the ballgame. Iannetta is now batting .346 (9×26) with 9 RBI on the spring. Smith finished 2-for-3 with 1 run scored, 1 triple and 2 RBI to raise his batting average to .556 (15×27) in 11 games this spring.
Making his 5th start of the spring, Nathan Karns allowed 9 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks in 2.1 innings pitched. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless top of the eighth, striking out 3 batters.
The Mariners (10-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 24) at 1:10 pm against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Taijuan Walker is scheduled to face Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed).
MARINERS GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Chris Iannetta hits a two-run double to tie the ballgame in the 1st
Seth Smith hits an RBI single into left field in the 2nd inning
Kyle Seager hits an RBI single into left field in the 2nd inning
Chris Iannetta hits a two-run single into right in the 2nd inning
Seth Smith hits an RBI triple into right field and the Mariners take the lead
HAPPY 40TH, JOEL!
Mariners reliever Joel Peralta celebrated his 40th birthday today and his teammates made it a special one by getting him a cake…and to poke some fun at him, a motorized scooter to get him around the complex in his now “old” age.
MARINERS ROAD TO THE MAJORS
You may have seen some of the new pieces of art that were installed before this spring, including the “Road To Seattle” board that includes every player that was signed, developed and made their Major League debut with the Mariners. Today, two players on the list showed up in camp; Jose Cruz Jr. and Phil Bradley.
ROBINSON CANO ON ROOT SPORTS
If you’ve been watching the Mariners broadcasts, you’ve seen that once players come out of the game, some have jumped on a headset to chat with some combination of Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers, Dave Sims and Aaron Goldsmith. Since we’ve arrived to the part of the spring where the starters are playing most of the game, Robinson Cano took time befor the game to share some thoughts with ROOT SPORTS in a short interview that was played during the game.
MLB NETWORK RADIO IN CAMP
MLB Network Radio‘s Casey Stern and Jim Duquette were in camp today and did a round of interviews with Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Steve Cishek and Scott Servais today as part of their Spring Previews series. they’ll return to our camp on Saturday to check in with Kyle Seager, Taijuan Walker and GM Jerry Dipoto.
MLB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
Executive Director of the MLB Players Association Tony Clark, along with former Major Leaguers Dave Winfield, Bobby Bonilla and former Mariners Mike Myers, Phil Bradley and Jose Cruz Jr., were in Mariners camp for a meeting with the players. After the meeting, Clark spent some time with the media and talked about different issues confronting the union right now in a labor negotiation year.
NATIONAL PUPPY DAY!