Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 38
Sunday, March 27, 2016 / 8 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS AT CUBS RECAP
Robinson Canó went 4-for-4 with 4 runs scored, 3 home runs, 7 RBI and 1 walk as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Chicago Cubs, 12-9, before a crowd of 15,438 on Sunday afternoon at Sloan Park. James Paxton picked up the win to improve to 2-1 this spring.
Canó extended his hitting streak to seven games and is now batting .478 (11×23) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 11 RBI during the streak.
For the 6th consecutive game, the Mariners scored in the first inning. After Ketel Marte singled to right field with one out, Canó belted a no-doubt home run to right field to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Chicago cut the Mariners lead in half on Dexter Fowler’s solo home run to right field.
Seattle erupted to score 5 runs with two outs in the top of the second. Dae-Ho Lee singled before Luis Sardiñas and Norichika Aoki drew back-to-back walks. Marte drove in a pair of runs with a double, and Canó drilled a three-run home run to left field to extend the Mariners advantage to 7-1.
The Cubs got five runs back in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run from Jason Heyward and a three-run homer off the bat of Addison Russell. Chicago evened the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth on a Kris Bryant RBI single.
Seattle regained the lead, 9-7, in the top of the fifth as Seth Smith lined a two-run double down the right-field line, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. The Mariners added a run in the top of the sixth on a run-scoring single from Adam Lind.
Canó capped a stellar day at the plate with a two-run home run – his third of the game and sixth of the spring – to center field in the top of the eighth, extending the Mariners lead to 12-7.
The Cubs plated a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth for the final tally of 12-9 in favor of Seattle.
In his 5th start in Cactus League play, Paxton went 4.0 innings, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits while walking 3. Donn Roach worked 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out 2. Joel Peralta tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, striking out 2.
Marte went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 2 RBI and 1 walk to extend his hitting streak to 6 games. Marte has now scored at least two runs in each of his last four games.
Robinson Cano connects for a two-run homer to right-center off Jason Hammel to give the Mariners an early 2-0 lead
Robinson Cano smashes an opposite-field three-run shot off Jason Hammel in the 2nd, his second home run of the game
Robinson Cano smashes a two-run shot to center off Trevor Cahill to tally his third home run of the game
Adam Lind lines a single to right to knock in Luis Sardinas and push the Mariners’ lead to three runs in the 6th inning
Ketel Marte bloops a double down the left-field line to drive in Dae-Ho Lee and Luis Sardinas and push the Mariners’ lead to three
Seth Smith doubles down the right-field line to plate Robinson Cano and Franklin Gutierrez and give the Mariners a 9-7 lead
HOW MANY HOME RUNS?
If you watched the Mariners game on MLB.tv, or read the above recap, you know that Robinson Cano hit three home runs today. During the regular season, a Mariners player has hit at least three home runs in a game 12 times, including Mike Cameron’s MLB record-tying four-homer game in 2002.
ROWLAND-SMITH & GOLD-SMITH
Former Mariners left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith joined Aaron Goldsmith on the radio broadcast this afternoon. Ryan will be with the broadcast crew for the next four days adding some color commentary to the game on the radio. Ryan was signed as an amateur free agent out of Australia in 2000 and pitched in four seasons with the Mariners (2007-10) and has his best season in 2008 when he was 5-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 118.1 innings in 47 games including 12 starts.
During the Mariners game against the Cubs today, there was a delay in the early part of the game. With Seattle batting, the game came to a halt when Cubs center fielder Jason Heyward began jogging away from his position, trying to swat the insects (or bees) away from him. Eventually the game resumed…let’s hope they don’t return.
The Mariners made a series of roster moves today as the club trims its roster as it works towards getting down to the Opening Day 25-man roster. Below are today’s transactions.
Optioned to AAA Tacoma (2):
Right-Handed Pitcher Joe Wieland
Infielder Shawn O’Malley
Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp (2):
Right-Handed Pitcher Casey Coleman
Right-Handed Pitcher Justin De Fratus
Added to Major League 40-Man Roster (1):
Infielder Dae-Ho Lee