Wednesday, March 9, 2016 / 26 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
The Mariners rallied from an early deficit and pulled away late in a 7-5 Cactus League win over the Kansas City Royals in front of 5,921 fans at Peoria Stadium.
Seattle rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie. Benji Gonzalez led off the inning with a bunt single to second base, moved to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a fly ball by Stefen Romero. Ed Lucas followed with a ground rule double to right center to break the tie and he scored on a single by Dae-Ho Lee. Lee later scored on a fielding error by the first baseman.
Seattle got on the board in the third inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Chris Iannetta and added a second run later in the inning as Kyle Seager singled to score Leonys Martin. Trailing 3-2 in the sixth inning, Seattle rallied for two runs to take the lead on a two-out double by Romero to score Gonzalez and a two-out single by Lucas that scored Romero.
Starter Taijuan Walker had a strong outing, striking out 5 in his 3.0 innings of work and giving up only a solo home run in the third inning to Drew Butera. Reliever Cody Martin followed him and allowed two runs in the fourth inning, his first inning of work, before retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings.
Washington native Adrian Sampson (Skyline HS) allowed one run in his two innings of work and was credited with the win.
The Mariners (4-4) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 10) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Peoria Stadium against the Chicago Cubs. The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS NW and broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle (delayed) and the Mariners Radio Network. Left-handed pitcher Wade Miley is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.
PHOTOS FROM TODAY’S WIN:
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION:
ROOT SPORTS broadcasted their first of 16 games today from the Peoria Sports Complex, but also debut a brand new studio back in Bellevue.
FELIX ON THE MOUND:
Felix Hernandez tossed 29 pitches during a 2.0-inning simulated game vs. minor league players in his final appearance before making his Cactus League on March 14 vs. the Colorado Rockies at Peoria Stadium. That puts him in line for four Cactus League starts before pitching the regular-season opener April 4 at Texas.
“It felt pretty good,” Felix said. “Physically, I feel really good. My mechanics were really good, too. My pitches were there. The 14th, I’ll be ready.”
Here is video of Felix’s simulated game courtesy of Mariners Major League Video Coordinator Jimmy Hartley:
ZONING IN WITH NATHAN KARNS:
DIPOTO ON WITH CHUCK POWELL:
Chuck Powell continues to broadcast The Chuck Powell Show live from the Peoria Sports Complex. Today he talked to Jerry Dipoto (the audio from his interview is below) and tomorrow Chuck will play The Feud with 6 Mariners related questions. Make sure to get your answers in soon:
1.) Other than Jerry Dipoto, name a sports executive famous for making A LOT of trades.
2.) Name a famous Jerry.
3.) Name a Mariner past or present known for his speed.
4.) Name the baseball movie with your favorite manager.
5.) Name the last Mariner you want to see Trader Jerry trade.
6.) Name a player with a memorable baseball card.
7.) Name a player with a memorable baseball card is required.
ETHAN STOWELL AND SAFECO FIELD:
Check out the profile on Safeco Field’s consulting chef, Ethan Stowell. Our new creations for 2016 will be unveiled later this month.
Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. His highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione Xlll, Bar Cotto, Mkt., Red Cow and Chippy’s Fish and Drink. His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients, and allowing the food to do the talking. In July of 2013, Stowell was named one of the Best New Chef All-Stars by Food & Wine magazine, and has been honored with multiple James Beard Award nominations for “Best Chef Northwest.” In 2010, Stowell launched Lagana Foods, an artisan pasta line, and began consulting for the Seattle Mariners. His work with the Mariners helps to bring local products into the ballpark for fans to enjoy. Deeply devoted to his hometown, Stowell is committed to seeing that Seattle is recognized nationally as a culinary destination. He and his wife, Angela, and two young sons, live in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood. To learn more, visit ethanstowellrestaurants.com.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY’S GAME:
MINOR LEAGUE PITCHERS AND CATCHERS FIRST WORKOUT:
The Mariners Minor League Pitchers and Catchers had their first workout on today. Below is the minor leagues important dates for the rest of Spring Training and the full Minor League camp roster::
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