Monday, March 7, 2016 / 28 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
TODAY’S GAME IN REWIND:
The Mariners late rally fell short in a 10-8 Cactus League loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Peoria Stadium in front of 6,214 fans.
After giving up two runs to Arizona in the first inning, the Mariners took a brief lead in the bottom half of the second frame as Boog Powell had a bases loaded single to right field that plated two runs and an additional run scored on an error by the right fielder.
The 3-2 lead was short lived as Arizona came back with two runs in the third inning, four runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to open up a 10-3 lead. Seattle chipped away at the deficit with a Kyle Seager two-run home run in the fifth inning, an RBI triple by Daniel Robertson that scored Dario Pizzano in the sixth, and two runs in the eighth on a solo home run by Dae-Ho Lee to lead off the frame and a two-out RBI single by Tyler O’Neill, scoring Shawn O’Malley.
Trailing 10-8 heading to the ninth inning, Seattle got a leadoff single by Tyler Smith and a walk by Marcus Littlewood to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Lee then grounded in to a double play to slow the threat before Arizona closed out the game without further damage.
Stefen Romero finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and is now hitting .625 (5×8) with 2 runs, 1 home run and 2 RBI.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAYS GAME VS. THE DIAMONDBACKS:
FURBUSH LIVE BP:
LHP Charlie Furbush threw his second live-batting-practice session of the spring Monday. He threw approximately 25 pitches to minor league outfielders Braden Bishop and Austin Cousino and never allowed any hard contact and showed good velocity on his fastball and movement on slider.
“I felt most of them were there pretty good today,” Charlie said. “I got a few swings and misses. It’s just getting the stamina and getting up to 100 percent game ready. It should be coming in time, and hopefully sooner than later.”
CATCHERS ARE ALWAYS WORKING ON SOMETHING:
Dan Wilson was working with the catchers this morning on drills in the batting cages.
CACTUS LEAGUE REPORT:
The Cactus League Report returns tonight from Arizona. The show will tape live in Arizona from 6-8 pm at the Salty Senorita in Peoria, but will air in Seattle from 7-9 pm. Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host tonight’s show.
Guests scheduled to appear on the show include Scott Servais, Joaquin Benoit, Tony Zych, Larry Stone of The Seattle Times and Jamie Moyer.
WELCOME TO PEORIA CHUCK:
950 KJR is broadcasting The Chuck Powell Show live from sunny Peoria all this week. Pitchers Steve Cishek, Nathan Karns and Taijuan Walker all joined him on this morning to discuss action beginning, the new-look team, and more. Click here to listen to each of the interviews.
Lindsay Berra was in camp this morning writing a story for MLB.com on the Mariners morning yoga workouts. The Mariners participate in yoga prior to workouts on Monday and Thursday’s each week.
NATIONAL CEREAL DAY:
In honor of National Cereal Day it was only fitting to find out what some the Mariners favorite cereal was when they were kids:
Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries: Tony Zych & Taijuan Walker
Frosted Flakes: Efren Navarro, Steven Baron, James Paxton & Nelson Cruz
Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch: Nathan Karns & Joe Wieland
Lucky Charms: Evan Scribner
Trix: Charlie Furbush
Fruity Pebbles: Seth Smith & Ed Lucas
Cap’n Crunch: Robinson Cano & Benji Gonzalez
MARINERS MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER AND CATCHERS REPORT:
The Mariners Minor League Pitchers and Catchers reported today and will have their first workout on Wednesday. Below is the minor leagues important dates for the rest of Spring Training:
Minor League pitchers and catchers report: Monday, March 7
Minor League pitchers and catchers first workout: Wednesday, March 9
Minor League position players report: Saturday, March 12
Minor League full squad workout: Monday, March 14
Minor League Opening Day: Thursday, April 7
Just wanted to give a Birthday shout out Mariners Arizona League Athletic Trainer Randy Roetter and Minor League Clubhouse Manager Isaac Ruiz. Roetter, is entering his 29th season with the Mariners organization, his 15th with the AZL Mariners. Isaac, who turned 30 today, is entering his 10th season in the Mariners organization.
Also celebrating a birthday today is Senior Director of Marketing Gregg Greene. Gregg, who is responsible for the Who Let the Dogs Out phenomenon and the Kuma Bear Hat, I think is celebrating his 29th birthday today.
Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to Randy, Isaac and Gregg.
TWEET OF THE DAY COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY:
CHI FRANCISCAN HEALTH AND MARINERS ENTER PARTNERSHIP IN HEALTH:
CHI Franciscan Health has entered into a multi-year agreement as the Seattle Mariners official “Partner in Health.” The three-year affiliation will build upon the Mariners legacy as a community leader in the Pacific Northwest to promote broadly the Tacoma-based nonprofit health system’s “NW Healthy” message of health and wellness.
Through the partnership with the Mariners, CHI Franciscan will be delivering NW Healthy tips at Safeco field and on Mariners TV and Radio broadcasts featuring Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson.
Wilson will deliver NW Healthy messages on ROOT SPORTS, which reaches 3.2 million households across five Northwest states, and on the Mariners flagship radio station, 710 ESPN Seattle, and the Mariners Radio Network. Messages will also appear during games on MarinersVision at Safeco Field.
The official game scorecard, which is available at Safeco Field at all Mariners home games, will feature the CHI Franciscan “Healthy Scorecard,” a list of tips such as exercising and eating right that will help people get and stay healthy. Fans can fill out the checklist and post a picture on Instagram of their completed scorecard or of themselves engaged in a “Healthy Scorecard” activity. Qualifying submissions will be chosen at random to receive prizes such as tickets to Mariners games, jerseys, autographed items and more.
PHOTOS FROM TODAY’S MORNING WORKOUTS AND GAME: