Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 37
Saturday, March 26, 2016 / 9 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS VS. DODGERS RECAP
Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a triple and 2 runs batted in, Seth Smith was 2-for-3 with a solo homer and Ketel Marte was 2-for-3 with a double, an inside-the-park home run and 2 runs scored as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in front of 10,644 fans at Peoria Stadium in Cactus League play Saturday.
Wade Miley started and worked 6.0 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits in the first inning, but settled in to limit the Dodgers to just one run on four hits over the next five innings, and left with a 4-3 lead. Tony Zych allowed a solo homer in his inning of work, but was credited with the win (1-0) when Seattle scored in the 7th. Mike Montgomery worked a 1-2-3 8th inning, and Steve Cishek battled his way to a save (#1), allowing two runs but stranding the go-ahead run on base in the 9th.
Seattle scored a pair of runs in the first, as Marte led off the game with a double and Seager followed with a triple. Seager scored on a Smith RBI single.
The Mariners added single runs in the fifth (Marte’s inside-the-park homer) and sixth (Smith solo homer, a blast to the berm in right field). The team tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh to take a 6-4 lead, as Seager’s two-RBI double scored pinch-runner Daniel Robertson and Tyler Smith, who had singled. Seattle closed out the scoring with an un-earned run in the eighth inning, then survived a pair Dodgers runs in the ninth.
The Mariners (13-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 27) at 1:05 pm as they visit the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa. Left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to face Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
MARINERS VS. DODGERS HIGHLIGHTS
Kuma Bears Down in AAA Game
Hisashi Iwakuma made his second-to-last start of the spring pitching today in a minor league (AAA) game on the lower fields. He worked six innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits while striking out six. The make-shift infield playing behind him committed four errors in his six innings of work, leading to a total of five runs being scored. Iwakuma tossed 81 pitches, including 56 strikes, and said afterward that he felt ready for the season.
Big Mac in the House
A camp visitor today was former Mariners right-hander Mac Suzuki. Mac came by to say hello to old friends, including Sr. Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin. While he was here, he caught of few innings of the AAA Game in which Hisashi Iwakuma was pitching. Mac was the first Japanese-born pitcher to appear in the American League when he debuted with Seattle in 1996. (He was the third Japanese pitcher, overall, behind Masanori Murakami (SF) and Hideo Nomo (LAD). Suzuki now spends most of his time in his hometown of Kobe, Japan, and works as a commentator on televised baseball games.
MLB Network Radio Visit, Part 2
After visiting with manager Scott Servais, as well as Felix Hernandez, Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Steve Cishek, on Wednesday, Casey Stern and Jim Duquette from MLB Network Radio spent more time in Mariners camp this morning. Stern and Duquette chatted today with general manager Jerry Dipoto, Leonys Martín, Taijuan Walker and others.
As Heard on ROOT Sports
As ROOT Sports televises a record-tying 16 Cactus League games this spring, several Mariners have stopped by to chat with Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith. Leonys Martín and Tony Zych talked with Sims and Blowers after exiting today’s game vs. the Dodgers. The next game to be televised on ROOT Sports will be when the Mariners host Kansas City on Monday, March 28 at 1:10 p.m.