Friday, March 11, 2016 / 24 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS WIN AGAIN:
The Mariners (6-4) got a strong start from Hisashi Iwakuma and the offense chipped in with four, two-out runs as Seattle claimed a 5-4 in vs. San Francisco (5-6) in a Cactus League game in front of a sellout crowd of 11,708 fans at Scottsdale Stadium. The win was Seattle’s third consecutive.
Iwakuma (2-0) tossed 3.0 innings of 1-hit ball and did not allow a run, keeping his ERA at a perfect 0.00 this spring. Dann Roach (2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 SO), David Rollins (1.0 IP, 1 H) combined for 3.0 shutout innings protecting Seattle’s early lead. Joel Peralta tossed 2.0 IP, and was touched for a 2-run homer and Tony Zych (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) battled through three hits, including a solo HR, in the ninth. Zych was credited with the save (#1).
Seattle led 1-0 after the first two batters of the game versus Jeff Samardzijia (0-1) as Ketel Marte led off the contest with a double, and Leonys Martin followed with an RBI single. Seattle added a pair of runs in the third inning as Kyle Seager (single), Franklin Gutierrez (RBI double) and Stefen Romero (RBI single) strung together back-to-back-to-back two-out hits to boost the Mariners lead to 3-0.
After the Giants had cut the lead to 3-2, Seattle tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the 8th inning, as a two-out bloop double by Chris Taylor plated Tyler Smith for the first run, and a pinch-hit single from Tyler O’Neill drove home Taylor.
PHOTOS FROM TODAY’S GAME:
BACK TO ACTION TOMORROW:
The Mariners will play a pair of Cactus League games tomorrow, as one half of the split squad will host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:40 PT/7:40 MT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised by ROOT Sports. Left-handed pitcher James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Dodgers lefty Alex Wood. The other half of the split squad will travel to Goodyear to play the Cincinnati Reds at 6:05 PT/7:05 MT. Left-hander Mike Montgomery will start for Seattle, opposite Reds left-hander Cody Reed.
MLB SNAPCHAT DAY:
Today MLB and all 30 teams have published Snapchat stories filled with photos and videos that give fans an inside look at what Spring Training life is really like — and all you have to do is follow along…you’ll even get to see Snaps from some players using their smartphones in the dugout and bullpen during live games…they’ll also test out the official SnapBat, the latest in baseball-selfie technology.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES WILLIE:
Former Mariners infielder Willie Bloomquist made it official Friday that he is retired. He sent out a series of twitter posts to that effect: “Farewell @MLB. Thank you for 14 amazing seasons. It’s been an incredible ride.”
Bloomquist, 38, hasn’t played since getting released last July by the Mariners. In 14-years with the Mariners (2002-08, 2014-15), Royals (2009-10), Reds (2010) and Diamondbacks (2011-13), Bloomquist hit .269 (778×2891) with 398 runs scored, 110 doubles, 23 triples, 18 home runs and 225 RBI in 1,055 games.
JERRY DIPOTO’S LOVE OF THE GAME:
New York Times writer Tyler Kepner was in Peoria recently to catch up with Jerry Dipoto. Check out his story on Dipoto’s love of the game:
LARRY STONE IN CAMP:
With Ryan Divish off for a couple of day, Seattle Times Columnist Larry Stone has been filling in on the beat. Check out Stoney’s story on Ed Lucas and his pursuit to the Major Leagues.
LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE HAD A GOOD TIME LAST AT THE SPRINGSTEEN CONCERT:
TWEET OF THE DAY – BRAD ADAM ARRIVES IN PEORIA:
HIGHTLIGHTS FROM TODAY’S GAME: