Saturday, March 5, 2016 / 30 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
ANGELS VS. MARINERS RECAP:
The Mariners took an early lead but could not hold on in a 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in Cactus League play in front of 8,425 fans at Peoria Stadium.
Seattle jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as Ketel Marte doubled, Kyle Seager followed with an RBI single, and came around to score on a two-run home run to right field by Robinson Canó.
After the Angels rallied for two runs in the fourth inning, Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo home run to right-center field in the bottom half of the frame. Seattle added a run in the 5th inning as Seager singled in Daniel Robertston, who had doubled to lead off the inning, extending the lead to 5-2.
The Angels scored one run in the sixth and four in the seventh to take a 7-5 lead before the Mariners rallied for two runs to tie the game in the bottom half of the seventh. Seattle loaded the bases with no outs on back-to-back walks to Shawn O’Malley and Ed Lucas, a single by Chris Taylor, and scored on an RBI groundout by Tyler Smith and an RBI infield single by Luis Sardiñas.
The Angels scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to cap the scoring at 9-7.
Left-handed starter Wade Miley tossed 2.0 shutout frames before giving way to the bullpen. Right-hander Joel Peralta was the only reliever to record a scoreless appearance.
The Mariners (2-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 6) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Surprise Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY’S GAME:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRAD MILLS:
Happy 31st Birthday to left-handed pitcher Brad Mills. March 5th is a popular birthday in the Mariners organization as former Mariners Erik Bedard, Ryan Franklin, Brian Lesher, Brian Hunter, Kevin Brown, Steve Oliveros and Steve Burke all are celebrating birthdays today.
NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME VISITS PEORIA:
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was well represented at the ballpark today. President Jeff Idelson, Vice President Ken Meifert and a group of strong supporters came out to watch the Mariners workout and take in a ballgame. Both Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz got a chance to catch up with Idelson while he was here.
CRUZER IN CAMP:
Julio Cruz arrived in Mariners camp today and will be with the club working with position players on base running for the next week. It is always good to have the Cruzer, and he won’t be the only former Mariners player that joins us this spring as Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner will all make appearances. Jamie Moyer wrapped up his week in Peoria today.
HULTZEN TOSSES LIVE BP:
LHP pitcher Danny Hultzen has had his fair share of injuries in his career, but showed up to spring ready for ready to pitch. After throwing a couple of bullpens earlier in camp, today he threw live BP. Look for Danny to get into a Spring Training game something in the next week.
The Mariners organization joins all of MLB in mourning the passing of New York Mets Sr. Director of PR Shannon Forde last night…Forde, who spent the past 20+ years in the Mets PR department, passed away after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
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TICKET ON SALE UPDATE:
Single-game tickets for all Seattle Mariners home games in 2016 went on sale at 10:00 a.m. today, and fans are making their plans early for the upcoming season.
• At this time, only a limited number of tickets remain available for the two fastest selling games on the Mariners home schedule: the Home Opener on Friday, April 8, against the Oakland Athletics; and the Ken Griffey Jr. Number Retirement Ceremony on Saturday, August 6, against the Los Angeles Angels.
• Tickets for both games are still included in Full Season and 20-Game Plans as well as the 10-Game Flex Pack. Information about season ticket plans is available at Mariners.com/tickets.
• Good seats are still available for the other 79 home games, including four postgame fireworks shows, six bobblehead nights and Star Wars™ Weekend; as well as for the Friday and Sunday (Aug. 5 and 7) games on Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend at Safeco Field. A full schedule of special events is available at Mariners.com/promotions.
• Single-game tickets are available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Mariners Team Stores. They are also available at
Mariners.com/tickets and by phone through Ticketmaster at 1-800-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).
Season Tickets: The best prices and access to the best seat locations for all games are available to Mariners season ticket holders. Full-Season and 20-Game Plans provide Season Ticket Holders with savings of up to 40% over single game prices, the best seat locations, exclusive experiences and services, special discounts and a dedicated account representative.
10-Game Flex Packs: With a 10-Game Flex Pack, fans can select from a menu of options for the season’s biggest match-ups including Opening Night, Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend and Star Wars™ Weekend. Packs start as low as $120 for View Level locations, with discounts of up to 43% over single-game ticket prices. More information is at Mariners.com/flex.
For more information about all Mariners ticket plans, log onto Mariners.com/tickets or call 206-346-4001.