Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 31

Sunday, March 22, 2015 / 15 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
A pair of three-run home runs by Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz powered the Mariners to an 8-0 win over the Rangers Sunday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The game was played in front of 9,543 fans as the Mariners improved their Cactus League record at 9-8-2.

The Mariners rallied with two outs in the first inning on a Robinson Cano walk and Cruz single in front of a Seager three run home run to left-center. Cano was in the middle of the next rally, following Seth Smith’s one out walk with a single to left before a Cruz three-run shot off the center-field wall high above the yellow line.

Cruz has hit a home run in each of his last two games and now has three home runs on the spring. During Cactus League play, he is hitting .407 (11×27) with 5 runs, 3 home runs and 7 RBI.

Seattle tacked on two runs in the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles by Logan Morrison and Dustin Ackley

James Paxton, making his first start of the Cactus League this spring, earned the win while tossing 3.1 shutout innings while working around five hits, all singles. The relief corps consisting of David Rollins (1.2 IP), Danny Farquhar (1.2 IP), Carson Smith (1.1 IP) and Dominic Leone (1.0 IP) combined to throw the second Mariners shutout of the spring.

Game Video Highlights:

Bloop and a Blast
There’s an old baseball expression, “we just need a bloop and a blast”. The Mariners, and Kyle Seager, demonstrated that in the first inning today. With two outs, Robinson Cano worked a walk, and Nelson Cruz blooped a ball in to short right field. Suddenly, it was two-on and two-out, and when Seager deposited a 1-0 pitch over the left-center field wall Seattle had a 3-0 lead. In the third, it was a walk by Seth Smith, a single the other way by Cano, and Cruz blasting a towering home run off the Blue Monster in center field. Starting pitcher James Paxton said after the game that he’d happily take a pair of 3-run homers in every start he makes this year.

Night Court at a Day Game

Harry Anderson, of Night Court fame, stopped for the radio booth to chat with Rick Rizzs.

Harry Anderson, of Night Court fame, stopped for the radio booth to chat with Rick Rizzs.

Rick Rizzs had a special guest drop by the booth today. Harry Anderson, an actor, writer, director and magician best known for the long-running sitcom Night Court. Harry starred as an eccentric judge in the TV show that ran from 1984-1992. Anderson used to live in the Seattle area, where he became friends with Rick. Anderson also guest-starred on Cheers several times (as Harry the Hat), where he got to know writer Ken Levine. Levine later broadcast Mariners games, as well.  Harry Anderson also was a featured guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and Saturday Night Live, including as a host.

Game Central – March 22 vs. Rangers

Lineup

Spring #19: Seattle Mariners (8-8-2) vs. Texas Rangers (7-9-3) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (0-0, 7.94)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS will televise today’s game…also available on the MLB Network outside of Mariners TV market
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 30

Saturday, March 21, 2015 / 16 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners made things interesting with a late comeback, but the Chicago Cubs held on for a 12-10 win in a Cactus League slugfest Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 15,323 at Sloan Park.

The Mariners drop to 8-8-2 in Cactus League play with the loss.

With the Mariners trailing 11-7, left fielder Austin Wilson, the Mariners second-round draft pick out of Stanford in the 2013 June Draft, made things interesting with an inside-the-park three-run home run to center field to cut the Cubs lead to 11-10. Chicago added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th and held on for the 12-10 win.

The Cubs jumped out to a big lead behind four home runs, two by third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant, the 2014 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year, hit his 7th and 8th home runs of the spring going 2-for-2 with 5 RBI. Catcher Wellington Castillo and shortstop Addison Russell also hit home runs.

Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez was touched for 6 hits and 6 runs in 2.2 innings, including allowing a pair of home runs. Three runs scored in the bottom of the 3rd inning after a bad throw by shortstop Brad Miller negated a would-be inning-ending double play.

Nelson Cruz reached base in all three of his plate appearances, hitting a home run in the 3rd inning and also drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch. Brad Miller went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and 3 RBI.

Game Video Highlights – Mariners at Cubs

How About Those Kids
For the second straight day, a Mariners minor league extra player homered. Yesterday, it was 2014 first round pick Alex Jackson hitting a long homer to right-center field…and today, Austin Wilson (the Mariners 2013 second round pick) drilled a 3-run inside-the-park homer, sinking line drive that the Cubs center fielder was unable to handle.

Inside-The-Park Home Run
As mentioned above, Austin Wilson collected an inside-the-park home run today..Seattle’s last regular season inside-the-park homer was hit by Willie Bloomquist on June 25, 2007 at Houston (off Wandy Rodriguez)…records are far from perfect in spring training, but we can’t find the last ITPHR in Cactus League or exhibition play.

Minor League Games Begin
The Mariners minor leaguers began playing games this afternoon with the Triple-A and Double-A teams hosting the Royals minor leaguers and the High-A and Single A clubs traveling to Surprise to take on Kansas City.

By the looks of the AAA lineup today, the Rainiers have a chance to field a solid team for the upcoming season.

  1. James Jones, CF
  2. Ketel Marte, 2B
  3. Stefen Romero, RF
  4. D.J. Peterson, 1B
  5. Jesus Montero, DH
  6. Pat Kivlehan, 3B
  7. John Hicks, C
  8. Jack Reinheimer, SS
  9. Dan Paolini, LF

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Game Central – March 21 at Cubs

03.21.15 Lineups

Spring #18: Seattle Mariners (8-7-2) at Chicago Cubs (8-10-1 | 1:05 pm | Sloan Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Eric Jokisch (0-0, 7.20)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: No TV of today’s game vs. the Cubs
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | Spring Schedule | 2015 Schedule
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Alex Jackson’s First Spring Home Run

Alex Jackson chats during his news conference after being signed in 2014.

Alex Jackson chats during his news conference after being signed in 2014.

The Mariners drafted a high school kid out of the San Diego area with the 6th overall pick in 2014. If you don’t remember much about him, here’s a little refresher on Alex Jackson from Draft Day.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder was primarily a catcher in high school and was rated by Baseball America as the top position player in the draft (4th overall prospect). Jackson was also named to the 2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American and California All-Region First Team after his senior season.

In four seasons with Rancho Bernardo, Jackson batted .375 (150×400) with 156 runs scored, 35 doubles, 6 triples, 47 home runs and 127 RBI in 135 games with the Broncos. His 47 prep career home runs tied him with former Indians prospect Johnny Drennen (2002-05) for the all-time San Diego section record. Jackson had 5 homers as a freshman, 17 as a sophomore, 14 as a junior and 11 during his senior season. Jackson’s team played for California’s San Diego section championship in all four of his high school seasons, including winning the championship during his freshman and junior seasons.

Now, fast forward to yesterday afternoon. After entering the game as a defensive replacement in left field against the Rangers, he scored two runs, including a very impressive towering home run to right-center field.

As Jackson told the Mariners press corps, including Mariners.com’s Greg Johns, “I hit it and it felt good off the bat, but I just put my head down and started running,” he said. “You never know. Sometimes it feels good off the bat and hits the wall, so I just put my head down and started running. And once I started hearing everyone cheering, I was like, ‘OK, we can slow down this sprint a little bit.'”

Even though the game was not being televised, we were able to track down some video of the blast thanks to Mariners Video Coordinator Jimmy Hartley who records every at-bat for scouting and teaching purposes.

Thanks to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, here is video of Jackson’s post-game interview about his home run and his experiences thus far during Spring Training.

What did Manager Lloyd McClendon have to say about the young man? As usual, he was quick and to the point.

“Pretty impressive,” said the skipper. “That’s a lot of power to right-center.”

A lot of power indeed.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29

Friday, March 20, 2015 / 17 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI and 2014 first-round draft pick Alex Jackson hit a game-tying home run in the 8th inning as the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers played to a 4-4 tie Friday afternoon in Cactus League play at Surprise Stadium.

The Mariners are 8-7-2 in spring training play, including a 4-1-2 record over the last seven games.

Zunino hit a solo home run with two outs in the 4th inning to tie the game 1-1 and then connected on a go-ahead 2-run home run in the 6th inning.

The Rangers jumped ahead in the bottom of the 7th inning on a 2-run home run by designated hitter Mitch Moreland off Mariners relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen.

Jackson, the 6th overall selection in the 2014 MLB June Draft, crushed an opposite field home run to right field to tie the game at 4-4. The 19-year-old out of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., was the 2014 Baseball America High School Player of the Year.

Starting Pitcher Roenis Elias allowed 5 hits and 2 runs (1 ER) in 4.0 innings while recording a no-decision. The left-hander struck out 4 and walked 2 in his fourth spring outing (3rd start). LHP Charlie Furbush (1.0 IP), RHP Yoervis Medina (1.2 IP) and LHP Joe Saunders (1.0 IP) did not allow runs in their relief outings.

 

Game Video Highlights (more will be posted as they are available)

Mariners 2014 draft pick Alex Jackson hit a monster home run to right-center today to tie the game. Be sure to check back tomorrow when we’ll have the video shot by Mariners video guru Jimmy Hartley.

Mariners Spring Roster Gets Smaller
The Mariners trimmed the Spring roster this morning by optioning left-hander Lucas Luetge, catcher John Hicks, infielders Ketel Marte and Jesus Montero, outfielders James Jones and Stefen Romero to AAA Tacoma, and re-assigning right-hander Justin Germano, left-hander Rafael Perez, infielders D.J. Peterson and Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to minor league camp.

Today’s roster moves leave the Mariners with 39 players in their Major League camp: 30 roster players and 9 non-roster invitees.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 28

Thursday, March 19, 2015 / 18 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap
Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker recorded 4.0 scoreless innings, Kyle Seager went 3-for-3 and Robinson Canó hit a go-ahead 2-run double to highlight the Seattle Mariners 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians Thursday night in Cactus League action at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners are 4-1-1 over the last 6 games to improve to 8-7-1 overall in spring training play.

Walker continued his spring dominance with 4.0 scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed 2 hits, walked a pair and struck out 5 Indians to keep his Cactus League ERA at 0.00 in 4 starts (12.0 IP). Left-hander David Rollins (1-0) earned the win allowing one run in his only inning of work.

The Mariners pounded out 15 hits in the win with Kyle Seager (3×3), Dustin Ackley (2×3, 2 RBI) and Austin Jackson (2×3) recording multi-hit games. 11 different Mariners recorded at least one hit, including 2014 first-round draft selection Alex Jackson (1×2, R).

The Mariners jumped out to the lead with a single tally in the bottom of the 2nd inning behind three consecutive singles by Seager, Logan Morrison and Ackley (RBI 1B).

With the game tied 1-1, Seattle rallied for three runs in the 5th inning to regain the lead. Canó drilled a 2-run double and Ackley drove home a run with an infield single.

 

 

 

 

Late Start Today
With the threat of rain this morning, we weren’t sure if workouts were going to take place as planned, but fortunately the sun made its way through the clouds and the day was able to proceed as scheduled. Since tonight’s game was a night game, some players arrived later in the day, a welcomed chance to sleep in during Spring Training. Hopefully they got enough sleep this morning because tonight’s game will be followed by a day game tomorrow.

Let’s Talk About College…Baseball
ESPN’s Christine Boggy, who covers the SEC and ACC, made a stop at Mariners camp to check in with those who played in those conferences. Brad Miller (Clemson), John Hicks (Virginia) and Dominic Leone (Clemson) offered their thoughts about their college experiences and how beneficial it was as they progressed to the professional ranks.

ESPN's Christine Boggy checked in with Mariners who played in the ACC.

ESPN’s Christine Boggy checked in with Mariners who played in the ACC.

Instagram of the Day

Game Central – March 19 vs. Indians

Lineup

Spring #16: Seattle Mariners (7-7-1) vs. Cleveland Indians (6-9-1) | 7:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 3.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air tonight’s live…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS will televise the game live in the Seattle market
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | Spring Schedule | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
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Felix Makes Wishes Come True

13 MAW Felix Sophia 3

Back in 2013, a four year old girl from Anchorage, Alaska, told Make-A-Wish that she wanted to meet Felix Hernandez more than anything.

Sophia Robinson was being treated for a life-threatening heart condition, and at her young age she had already undergone several medical procedures, including open heart surgery.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington, Sophia, her parents and sister, made the trip to Seattle and spent a day with Felix at Safeco Field, hanging out in the clubhouse, eating corndogs in the players’ private dining room, and playing in the dirt.

It was a perfect summer day, and the connection between Sophia and Felix was immediate and long-lasting. Since then, the two text each other regularly and Felix has flown the family from Alaska to Seattle to renew their friendship.

Last week, at the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington Wish Night Gala & Auction, Felix and Sophia’s friendship was highlighted in a video. The gala, by the way, raised $1.6 million to help grant wishes to children in Washington and Alaska throughout 2014.

The King of Opening Day

MarinersBlog:

Opening Day is just 18 days away when the Mariners host the Angels April 6 at Safeco Field (1:10 pm). King Felix will be making his 8th career Opening Day start, and 7th consecutive.

Originally posted on Openers:

Seattle’s eight consecutive Opening Day wins represent the longest streak in the Majors since the Reds won nine in a row from 1983-91. Not coincidentally, Felix Hernandez has started seven of those games and is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. King Felix will try to extend that streak against the Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field.

Felix Hernandez

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