Sunday, March 6, 2016 / 29 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS VS. RANGERS RECAP
The Mariners swiped six bases and tallied 14 hits en route to a 7-3 win over the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium in front of 6,649 in Cactus League play Sunday.
Seattle manufactured a run in the first inning to take a quick lead as Leonys Martin walked, stole second and came home on an RBI double by Seth Smith. The Mariners tacked on two more runs in the second, using three hits, three steals and a sacrifice bunt for the rally. Shawn O’Malley and Norichika Aoki collected the RBI, while Luis Sardiñas, O’Malley and Martin swiped bases in the inning.
Seattle added a pair of runs in the sixth inning, using a pair of stolen bases and four base hits to build its lead to 5-2. Chris Taylor and O’Malley each swiped bases, while Sardiñas, O’Malley and Martin collected hits in the inning.
For the game, Martin and O’Malley each stole a pair of bases while Sardiñas and Taylor snagged one each.
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) had a very efficient outing, retiring all six batters he faced on just 23 pitches (17 strikes). He allowed only one ball out of the infield, a harmless fly ball to center field to end the second inning, and threw first pitch strikes to all six batters he faced. Joaquin Benoit (1.0 IP, 1 H), Steve Cishek (1.0 IP, 1 H), Paul Fry (1.0 IP, 2 BB) and Blake Parker (1.0 IP, 1 H) all worked scoreless innings.
Seth Smith finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and Sardiñas was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored. Sardiñas is now hitting .583 this spring.
MARINERS VS. RANGERS HIGHLIGHTS
The Mariners (3-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Monday, March 7) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Peoria Stadium, hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Left-handed pitcher James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa.
MARINERS TO TELEVISE SPRING TRAINING GAME ON WEDNESDAY
We try to give you a taste of what is going on in camp with pictures and audio, but there’s no substitute for being able to watch the game. Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals will be televised on ROOT SPORTS. Right-hander Taijuan Walker is slated to start on Wednesday against Royals left-hander Matt Strahm. For a full listing of Mariners.com > Schedule > Radio-TV Information.
JAMIE MOYER CHECKS IN WITH THE SEATTLE TIMES
As you all know, Mariners Hall of Famer Jamie Moyer has been in Mariners camp working with the pitchers. Today, Seattle Times Columnist Larry Stone checked in with him to catch up. Be sure to check out SeattleTimes.com on Monday to read all about it.
JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA WELL REPRESENTED IN TODAY’S GAME
Korean Dae-Ho Lee made his first start of the Spring for the Mariners today and Shin-Soo Choo was in the starting lineup for the Rangers. There have only been 17 Korean-born Major Leaguers and if Lee makes the 25-man roster and appears in a game, he’ll be just the third Korean-born player to appear in a game with the Mariners, joining Choo (2005) and right-hander Cha-Seung Baek (2004-08).
Also in the starting lineup for Seattle were leadoff man Norichika Aoki and on the mound was Hisashi Iwakuma. The Mariners obviously have a long history with players from Japan and these two players are adding to that legacy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEONYS!
Outfielder Leonys Martin is celebrating his 28th birthday today…former Mariners that share the same birthday include RHP Roger Salkeld & RHP Karl Best.
DAE-HO LEE CHANT
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times found a fun video on YouTube about Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee, who is in camp as a non-roster invite. Lee was a prolific slugger who played in the Korean Baseball Organization before spending the last two seasons playing in Japan. He’s been a fan favorite everywhere he’s been and it is pretty evident if you watch the video above.
MARINERS SPRING TRAINING DAY 17 GALLERY