Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 44
Saturday, April 2, 2016 / 2 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS AT ROCKIES RECAP
The Seattle Mariners wrapped up their 40th Spring Training with an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies before a crowd of 8,018 on Saturday afternoon at Salt River Field at Talking Stick. The Mariners improved to 16-14-3 in Cactus League action. Nathan Karns picked up the win to move to 2-1 this spring, and Nick Vincent earned his first save of the spring.
Colorado took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Nolan Arenado led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Gerardo Parra. Both runners eventually came around to score.
The Mariners cut the Rockies lead to 2-1 in the top of the third when Kyle Seager drew a two-out walk and scored on Robinson Canó’s double off the wall in left-center field. Seattle plated four runs in the top of the sixth for a 5-2 advantage. Dae-Ho Lee delivered the key base hit in the inning, a two-run double to left field.
The Rockies responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Seattle still held a two-run lead, 5-3.
The first five Mariners batters in the top of the seventh reached base safely, and three came around to score, extending Seattle’s lead to 8-3. Luis Sardiñas drove home Efren Navarro with a double. It was Sardiñas’ 16th RBI of the spring, 2nd-most on the club behind Canó who finished with 17 RBI. Lee picked up his third RBI of the game with a single to right field.
Colorado scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Mariners held on for the 8-5 victory.
In his 7th and final start of Spring Training, Karns allowed 3 runs on 3 hits over 6.0 innings pitched. Karns struck out 8 – the most by a Mariners starter this spring – and walked 2. At one point, Karns retired 12 consecutive batters – 6 on strikeouts – starting with the third out in the bottom of the second inning through the second out in the bottom of the sixth.
Mike Montgomery (8th) and Vincent (9th) each pitched 1.0 scoreless inning in relief.
MARINERS AT ROCKIES HIGHLIGHTS
Robinson Canó opens the Mariners scoring in the top of the third with a double off the wall in left-center, scoring Kyle Seager from first base.
Dae-Ho Lee drives in two runs in the top of the sixth with a double.
Steve Clevenger caps the Mariners 4-run sixth inning with a single to center.
Lee pickes up his 3rd RBI of the ballgame.
KARNS MEETS THE MEDIA
Nathan Karns speaks with the media in Scottsdale after making his 7th and final start of Spring Training. Karns is scheduled to make his first start of the regular season on Saturday, April 9 at 6:10 pm against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.
Today: Bags are packed. The truck is loaded. It’s time to hit the road. Following today’s game, the club travels to Arlington, Texas ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s workout at Globe Life Park. Next stop: Texas.
Monday: The Mariners open the 2016 season Monday, April 4 at 1:05 pm PT against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his 9th Opening Day start (8th consecutive) against Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised on ROOT SPORTS.
Friday: After three games in Texas, the Mariners return home to Safeco Field for the home opener on Friday, April 8 at 7:10 pm against the Oakland Athletics. Right-hander Taijuan Walker is slated to start against Athletics left-hander Felix Doubront.
Sunday: The first King’s Court of the season is slated for Sunday, April 10 at 1:10 pm against the Athletics. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to face Oakland left-hander Rich Hill. For King’s Court tickets and more information, visit Mariners.com/Felix.
SPRING TRAINING FINALE
With Seattle and Colorado preparing to open the regular season on Monday, both clubs played their starters sparingly. The Mariners and Rockies combined to use 44 position players and 13 pitchers in today’s game.
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