Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 41

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 / 5 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)



The Seattle Mariners never recovered from an early 4-run deficit and fell to the San Diego Padres, 7-5, before a crowd of 6,417 on Wednesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. Felix Hernandez surrendered 4 runs (3 earned runs) on 4 hits in 3.0 innings pitched and took the loss to fall to 0-2 in Cactus League action.

The Padres struck first for four runs in the top of the first, plating one run on a Matt Kemp double, two runs on a double off the bat of Derek Norris and one run on a Mariners fielding error.

Seattle got a run back in the bottom of the first to cut San Diego’s lead, 4-1, as Nelson Cruz doubled down the left field line with two outs to score Luis Sardiñas.

The Padres added a run in the top of the fourth when Melvin Upton Jr. tripled and scored on a Tyson Ross single to left field, extending their lead to 5-1. Seattle responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth, again moving within three runs, 5-2. Efren Navarro drew a one-out walk and advanced to third when Daniel Robertson singled to right field. Navarro scored as Sardiñas hit into a fielder’s choice.

Adam Rosales hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to add to the Padres lead, 7-2.

Robertson drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth with a double off the wall in left field. Robertson now has 13 RBI this spring, tied with Kyle Seager for 3rd-most on the club behind Robinson Canó and Sardiñas.

In his final start of the spring before making his 8th consecutive (9th overall) Opening Day start on April 4 at Texas, Hernandez bounced back after allowing 4 runs in the first inning. Hernandez retired 8 of the last 9 batters he faced. Hernandez walked one and struck out one.



Felix Hernandez gets Derek Norris to strike out on a foul tip caught by Chris Iannetta for his first strikeout in the 3rd inning

Nelson Cruz rips a double down the left field line, scoring Luis Sardinas with the first run for the Mariners in the 1st inning

Nelson Cruz throws out Matt Kemp trying to stretch a single when he plays the ball off the wall and fires to second for the out

Efren Navarro is able to score on a forceout by Luis Sardinas, as the Mariners cut the deficit to three runs in the 5th inning

Rayder Ascanio makes a sliding stop on Derek Norris’ ground ball, and he throws him out at first to end the top of the 7th inning

Austin Wilson singles to left field to score Gianfranco Wawoe, cutting the Mariners’ deficit to four runs in the 8th inning



Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez during a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Felix Hernandez made his final spring training start today and is now ready to make his 9th Opening Day start and his 8th consecutive for the Mariners.



Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Nick Vincent from the San Diego Padres in exchange for a player to be named later (PTBNL).

Vincent, 29, appeared in 26 games in four separate stints with the Padres last season, posting a 0-1 record with a 2.35 earned run average (23.0 IP, 6 ER). In the month of September, he pitched in 13 games and did not allow a run (9.1 IP).

He made 40 relief appearances with AAA El Paso in 2015 and was 5-3 with 1 save and a 3.04 earned run average (50.1 IP, 17 ER).

In four Major League seasons with San Diego (2012-15), he has combined to go 9-6 with 1 save and a 2.63 ERA (44 ER, 150.2 IP) with 161 strikeouts in 161 relief appearances (150.2 IP).

Vincent has made 9 appearances this spring with San Diego, recording 1 save, and allowing 5 ER in 8.1 innings (5.40 ERA).

The right-hander was originally selected by San Diego in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State University.




It has been really nice having former Mariners left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith in Peoria this week. Over the last four days, he’s served as an analyst for both ROOT SPORTS and  710 ESPN Seattle. Ryan has done some TV and radio work in his past, including in the Australian Winter League, and he hopes to get into broadcasting on a full time basis when his playing career is over.




It might not seem like it, but the start of the season will arrive faster than we think. With the team scheduled to play its last spring game in Arizona on Saturday, guys are getting a start on packing all of their gear. It won’t be long before the team is back in Seattle.




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