Tuesday, March 8, 2016 / 27 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS AT INDIANS RECAP:
The Mariners rallied from two one-run deficits but it wasn’t enough in a 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Cleveland Indians in front of 3,893 fans at Goodyear Ballpark.
Seattle manufactured a run in the second inning to take a brief lead as Dae-Ho Lee drew a one-out walk, moved to third on a single to right field by Shawn O’Malley and then came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Mike Zunino.
After falling behind 2-1, Seattle manufactured another run as O’Malley reached on an error, moved to second on a passed ball and stole third base before scoring on a two-out single to first base by Daniel Robertson.
Trailing 3-2 in the 8th, Seattle tied things up with the help of the Cleveland defense. Efren Navarro reached on an error by the second baseman with one out, moved to second on a bunt single by Boog Powell, and moved to third as the third baseman threw the ball away trying to get Powell at first. Ed Lucas then followed with an RBI single to left field to tie it.
Seattle gave up the deciding run in the eighth inning and dropped to 3-4 during Cactus League play this spring.
Starter Nathan Karns worked out of some trouble with the help of his defense and finished with 3.0 innings pitched, allowing one run. Reliever Tony Zych followed with a perfect fourth inning while striking out two before Joe Wieland tossed 3.0 effective innings, allowing just one run on one hit and two walks. Lefty Vidal Nuño was tagged with the loss after giving up a single run in the eighth inning.
MARINERS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:
MARINERS RETURN TO ACTION TOMORROW:
The Mariners (3-4) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 9) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Peoria Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Royals left-hander Matt Strahm.
PUT ME IN COACH:
AS YOU KNOW…Norichika Aoki is played center field for the Mariners today…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that during his Major League career, he has appeared in only 21 games in center including 14 starts…his last regular season start in center field came on Sept. 26, 2013 at New York-NL while with the Milwaukee Brewers…he was a six-time Golden Glove Award winner (2006-11) in center field while playing for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Central League in Japan.
FIRST BROADCAST OF THE SPRING ON WEDNESDAY:
ROOT SPORTS will carry 16 Cactus League games, the tied for most in club history (also in 2015). ROOT SPORTS will begin broadcasting tomorrow with the Kansas City Royals at 12:10 pm PST on Wednesday, March 9.
Below is the upcoming Mariners radio and TV schedule for the rest of Spring Training.:
If you are not already following…make sure you check out the latest Mariners Podcast.
There are interesting aspects of each Cactus League stadium, and the surrounding area. Goodyear is a relatively new stadium (debuted in 2009) and is the spring home of Ohio’s two Major League teams (Cleveland Indians & Cincinnati Reds). As you drive to the ballpark you pass by Phoenix-Goodyear Airport, which is an old Naval Air Station, and is currently a graveyard and storage area for older commercial aircraft. It is a pretty cool visual to see over several big planes right in the middle of the desert. It seemed like there were more planes this year than in the past, and in talking with some locals, it turns out there are several planes that are currently active and used for training.
THE CHUCK POWELL SHOW LIVE IN PEORIA:
Chuck Powell (950 KJR Radio) continues to broadcast live from the Peoria Sports Complex all week. Nelson Cruz chatted with Chuck on Tuesday morning. Click here to listen to the entire interview.
Below are the morning interviews with James Paxton, Steve Clevenger and Nelson Cruz:
James Paxton Interview:
Steve Clevenger Interview:
Nelson Cruz Interview:
PHOTOS FROM TODAY MORNING WORKOUT: