Mariners LHP James Paxton had a strong season debut last night, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 9 batters in 7.0 shutout innings vs. the Angels. If you combine his starts from the end of the 2013 season, James is now 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA (4 ER, 31.0 IP) with 30 strikeouts in his first 5 career starts. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that this is a pretty notable start to a career:
First five career starts
Félix Hernández 2-1, 36 IP, 1.75 ERA, 0.778 WHIP, 9.50 K/9
James Paxton 4-0, 31 IP, 1.50 ERA, 0.839 WHIP, 8.71 K/9—
MLB Play Index (@BRefPlayIndex) April 03, 2014
Here are some video highlights of his start last night:
Tuesday, March 20, 2014 / 11 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 19 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)
Game Recap vs. the Cubs:
Led by 6.0 scoreless innings from starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, four pitchers combined to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Chicago Cubs Thursday afternoon in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 15,243 at Cubs Park.
The Mariners improved to 15-6-3 with the win, including going 10-1-2 on the road. The Mariners and Cleveland Indians (off today) are the only teams to record 15 wins in spring training play.
Ramirez (3-0) scattered four hits in 6.0 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out four and did not walk a batter to lower his Cactus League ERA to 0.96 (2 ER, 18.2 IP). Left-hander Joe Beimel (1.0 IP, K), right-hander Fernando Rodney (1.0 IP, BB, 2 K) and right-hander Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP) secured the win with 3.0 hitless innings. Medina secured his second save with a 1-2-3 9th inning.
Left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with a double, and is now batting .457 (21×46) in Cactus League play. Robinson Cano added a pair of hits (2×3, BB) to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. Cano has recorded a hit in 10 of 11 games played, and is now batting .567 (17×30).
Seattle jumped out to a 2-0 lead with sacrifice flies from Kyle Seager (5th inning) and John Buck (6th inning). The first run came into score after Abraham Almonte singled, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Seager lifted a fly ball to left field to score Almonte. The Mariners loaded the bases in the 6th inning on a single by Corey Hart, double by Ackley and walk to Nick Franklin, before Buck flew out to deep center field to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Mariners added an insurance run in the 9th inning on a run-scoring groundout by Endy Chavez.
Instagram of the Day:
New Digs in Mesa:
The Mariners played their first game at Cubs Park in Mesa. It is a really nice facility, located right on the Mesa/Tempe border where the loop 101 and loop 202 intersect, on the site of the old Riverview Golf Course. There were several nice features, including the outfield berm seating and food trucks in right-center field.
Getting Some Work In
Felix Hernandez pitched in a minor league game against the Milwaukee Brewers High-A team on field six at the Peoria Sports Complex and finished with a line of 7.0 innings, five hits, three runs, two earned runs, six strikeouts and a wild pitch while throwing 82 pitches, with 62 of those being strikes. Afterwards, he told the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish and 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer that he will throw 100 pitches in his final outing before Opening Day. Mike Zunino caught Felix in that game and finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, a double and a walk in his seven innings. Charlie Furbush and Lucas Luetge each tossed a scoreless frame against the Brewers Low-A club.
Mariners Replay on MLB Network Tonight
Today’s game against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon will be aired on a delay basis on MLB Network at 10 pm PST tonight. Be sure to check out Erasmo Ramirez’s strong performance as his makes his pitch to join the rotation for the start of the season.
Jeremy Reed Sighting
A voice shouted over at Jay Buhner from across the field before the Mariners High-A game against the Brewers this afternoon. As Jay walked over, he noticed it was none other than former Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed who is now a minor league hitting coordinator for Milwaukee. Reed spent some time chatting with Buhner and his former manager with the Rainiers Daren Brown. Reed spent parts of five seasons at the big league level with Seattle (2004-08), appearing in 336 games.
Autographs For All
Mariners great Jay Buhner didn’t disappoint when fans approached him for autographs before a minor league game this afternoon. Jay took the time to accommodate every autograph and picture request and every fan came away happy.
Kyle Seager Sac Fly (5th inning)
John Buck Sac Fly (6th inning)
Mariners Turn Wild Double Play (3rd inning)
Medina Nails Down Win with Second Save
Mariners Radio Podcasts
First baseman Logan Morrison joined the Brock and Danny Show on 710 ESPN Seattle this morning to chat about getting ready for the season and you can listen to the podcast by clicking here. If you miss any of these interviews, check out our podcasts on the side of this blog to catch up.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (14-6-3) will play a night game on Friday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action and watch the game on ROOT SPORTS Northwest starting at 7 pm. Left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).
Tweet of the Day:
First game upset! There goes my perfect bracket. So much for me being a Billionaire.—
Lucas Luetge (@LucasLuetge) March 20, 2014
Here are some video highlights from the Mariners and Padres 5-5 tie last night:
Brad Miller Solo HR:
Dustin Ackley Outfield Assist:
Endy Chavez RBI Single:
Willie Bloomquist RBI Single and Scores on Error:
The Mariners rallied late to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 in 10 innings Wednesday night in Cactus League play. Seattle scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to force extra innings, with John Buck coming up with a clutch 20-out, 2-run single. Abraham Almonte and Willie Bloomquist each singled to lead off the 10th inning, and Ty Kelly hit a walk-off single to improve the Mariners to 12-4-1 in Cactus League play.
Robinson Cano continued his torrid spring at the plate going 2-for-2 with 2 doubles and one RBI. Cano is now batting .632 (12×19) in 8 Cactus League games. Starting pitcher Randy Wolf recorded a no-decision allowing 6 hits and 2 runs in 4.0 innings. Shortstop Brad Miller was 2-for-2 with his team-leading third home run of the spring. Here are some video highlights of the game:
Brad Miller’s Solo Home Run:
Cano’s Slick-Fielding Double Play:
Cano’s RBI Double:
Buck’s game-tying hit:
Kelly’s walk-off hit:
And the official box score:
Robinson Cano went 3-for-3 this afternoon vs. the Kansas City Royals. You can watch all three of his singles by clicking on the link in the below tweet. In 6 Cactus League games Cano is batting .600 (9×15) with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI.
In case you missed it, MLB Network was in Mariners camp today for their 30 Clubs in 30 Days promotion, and we have some video clips for you.
Taijuan Walker talks with Dan Plesac:
Corey Hart talks about joining the Mariners family:
Dustin Ackley talks about his excitement for the 2014 season:
And Nick Franklin talks about playing the shortstop position and turning double plays:
The Mariners beat the Dodgers tonight 8-5 in the second game of a day-night, split-squad doubleheader. The game was televised on the MLB Network, so we are able to post some video highlights of the game.
Jesus Montero and Stefen Romero hit back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning:
Justin Smoak hit 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off Josh Beckett:
Montero lofted his second home run of the game in the 8th inning:
Here is Romero showing off his arm throwing out the speedy Dee Gordon at homeplate:
And center fielder Abraham Almonte making a nice sliding catch in the bottom of the first inning:
Something new for 2013 at Peoria Stadium is an intro video that runs right before the Mariners take the field. The video shows highlights from Mariners history, including a lot of current players, and pays tribute to the 20th Anniversary of playing Cactus League games at Peoria Stadium. You can watch the video below:
One of the great things we are able to provide during spring training are video highlights that we deliver to Seattle and national TV stations through an FTP process. We are lucky to have six TV games (starting with March 4 game vs. Colorado), but sometimes it is tough to get a visual of what is going on down in Arizona.
A lot of people are talking about Justin Smoak’s hot start this spring (.556/5-for-9, 2 HR, 4 RBI). He hit a mammoth, game-winning 2-run home run yesterday in the 8th inning vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Here is video (and audio) of the tape-measure home run:
Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders may have a career after his current career, as a broadcaster. This morning he interviewed Mariners radio announcer Rick Rizzs about the upcoming 2013 season. As you can see, Michael has quite the personality and is a joy to be around (and to watch on the field)!