Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 36
Friday, March 25, 2016 / 10 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS VS. WHITE SOX RECAP
Leonys Martín connected on a 1-0 pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning for a solo home run to right field, sending the Mariners past the White Sox, 5-4, in front of 9,527 at Peoria Stadium. Felix Hernandez blanked the White Sox for 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits while striking out 3. Dan Altavilla earned the win in relief to improve to 2-0 this spring.
For the 4th straight game, the Mariners scored in the first inning. Norichika Aoki led off with a single up the middle and scored on Adam Lind’s sacrifice fly to right field. Kyle Seager scored on a fielding error with two outs in the inning to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
In his 3rd start of the spring, Hernandez allowed at least one base hit in each of the first 4 innings, but came away unscathed each time. Hernandez did not walk a batter and retired the last 8 White Sox batters he faced, two on strikeouts.
Making his first appearance since March 15, Justin De Fratus allowed a grand slam home run to Austin Jackson – his second home run of the spring – in the top of the seventh as the White Sox took a 4-2 lead.
Tony Zych worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, recording 2 strikeouts to bring his total to 13 strikeouts this spring.
With the Mariners trailing the White Sox, 4-2, Robinson Canó doubled to right field to begin the bottom of the ninth. Nelson Cruz evened the score at 4-4 with a towering home run to left-center field – his 3rd home run in Cactus League play – sending the game to extra innings.
With one out in the 10th, Martín belted the walk-off home run to complete the late-inning comeback.
MARINERS VS. WHITE SOX HIGHLIGHTS
Nelson Cruz ties up the game in the bottom of the 9th with a two-run homer that scores Shawn O’Malley
Felix Hernandez strikes out three over six shutout innings and allows five hits in the Mariners’ 5-4 win over the White Sox
Adam Lind drives a fly ball to deep right for a sacrifice fly to score Nori Aoki in the the 1st inning and put the Mariners up 1-0
Luis Sardinas corrals a high chopper and makes a quick throw home to get Hector Sanchez and keep the game tied in the 10th
Franklin Gutierrez hits a sharp grounder to short that is mishandled by Tyler Saladino, allowing Kyle Seager to score in the 1st
OPENING DAY IS GETTING CLOSER
Opening Day is a week from Monday and the signs are all around us. The road grey’s were taken out of storage today and they are being prepped for packing. Felix Hernandez will make his 8th consecutive Opening Day start, the longest active streak in the Majors. The club opens on April 4th against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
ANOTHER SIGN THAT SEASON IS ABOUT TO START
Boxes of luggage are piled from floor to ceiling (almost) in the equipment room down here. Over the next few days, those will be distributed to the players as they prepare to pack for the start of the season. Good thing we don’t have to worry about extra baggage fees.
NATE BOYER SPEAKS TO MARINERS
Nate Boyer, a former United States Army Green Beret, who played college football at Texas and was in the Seahawks training camp prior to last season, came to Mariners camp to speak abut his experiences. Boyer came with a group that he’s a part of, Mission 6 Zero, specializes in performance enhancement. We identify, assess, and develop human behaviors to help organizations achieve optimal performance results. As you’ll see above, Boyer also threw out the first pitch prior to the game.
TWEET OF THE DAY
Congratulations to the UW Women’s basketball team as they advance to the Elite 8 of the tournament.