Monday, March 14, 2016 / 21 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
Cactus League Report
The Cactus League Report will be live from 6-8 pm (AZ time) tonight from the Salty Señorita in Peoria. Tune in to 710 ESPN in the Seattle area tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT as hosts Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer visit with bench coach Tim Bogar, James Paxton, Stefen Romero, Boog Powell and The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.
Mariners Swept In Pair Of Split-Squad Games
PEORIA/SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Mariners played a pair of “split squad” games today, hosting the Colorado Rockies in Peoria and travelling to Scottsdale to visit the Arizona Diamondbacks. Seattle dropped both games, losing 6-4 at home to the Rockies, and dropping an 8-3 decision on the road at Arizona.
Mariners vs. Rockies Recap:
IN PEORIA – The Rockies jumped out to an early lead and were never headed, as Colorado claimed a 6-4 Cactus League win in front of 5,960 fans at Peoria Stadium.
Right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez made his first start of the spring, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 in 2.1 innings pitched. He tossed 50 pitches, 27 strikes. He allowed a single run in the first as Trevor Story tripled and scored on a wild pitch, and a pair of runs in the third as Ryan Raburn’s bases loaded single drove in two.
Seattle answered with a two-out, two-run rally in the 4th to cut the Colorado lead to 3-2. Nelson Cruz walked and scored on Adam Lind’s double, and Lind came around to score on a Franklin Gutierrez single.
After the Rockies added a pair of runs in the 5th to take a 5-2 lead, Seattle pulled to within in one run on back-to-back two-out solo homers by Lind (#1) and Gutierrez (#3). Lind finished the game 2-for-3 with a double and the home run.
Colorado closed out the scoring with a solo home run by Story off of Joaquin Benoit.
Mariners at Diamondbacks Recap:
AT SCOTTSDALE – The Mariners rallied to take an early lead, but failed to score after the third inning in an 8-3 Cactus League loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 11,491 fans at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Taijuan Walker made the start and battled through 3.1 innings, allowing single runs in the first and second innings. In the third inning, he worked around a one-out double by Paul Goldschmidt to get out of the frame unscathed. In the fourth, he retired the first batter before allowing a double and a single to complete his day.
Relievers Joel Peralta (0.2) and David Rollins (2.0) both had shutout appearances, with Rollins retiring all six batters he faced. Minor league call-up Dylan Unsworth gave up four runs in his 2.0 innings of work.
Down by two in the third inning, Seattle rallied to score three runs and take the lead. With two outs in the inning and Norichika Aoki at second base, Luis Sardiñas collected an RBI triple that bounced off the center field wall, and he came around to score as Kyle Seager followed with his second home run of the spring, a deep drive to right field. Seth Smith continued the rally with a triple, but Dae-Ho Lee flew out to the warning track in right field.
Sardiñas finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double, triple and an RBI. On the spring, he is hitting .462 (12×26) with 5 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple and 8 RBI in 11 games.
The Mariners (7-8) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Tuesday, March 15) at 1:10 pm, travelling to Tempe to visit the Angels. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed). Right-handed pitcher Cody Martin is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney.
The Seattle Mariners today announced a series of new initiatives designed to engage kids across the Northwest with the game of baseball through a multi-year campaign known as “Junior Mariners.” The program encompasses all existing Mariners kids-related efforts along with the new initiatives. Mariners.com/Kids will serve as a one-stop clearinghouse for all Junior Mariners information.
During this inaugural year, Junior Mariners will focus on four areas:
• Encouraging kids to play baseball;
• Connecting kids throughout the region to Mariners Baseball;
• Enhancing their ballpark experience;
• Making it affordable for families to attend games at Safeco Field.
The most visible element of the campaign to engage kids is a white plastic ball. During 2016, the Mariners will give away 100,000 Junior Mariners-branded Wiffle® Balls to kids across the region at schools, hospitals, Boys & Girls Clubs, community parks and playfields and various other locations and events throughout the year. The goal is to put baseballs in the hands of as many kids as possible and get them to play—even if they are not part of an organized team.
For details and to register your kids for Junior Mariners, visit Mariners.com/Kids.
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