Saturday, March 19, 2016 / 16 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS AT ROYALS RECAP
The Mariners lost the second game of a split-squad, day-night doubleheader 4-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks before a crowd of 11,319 at Peoria Stadium.
After falling behind in the second inning, Seattle bounced back in the bottom half of the frame, as Adam Lind singled with one out, moved to third on a Steve Clevenger single and scored on a groundout by Efren Navarro. Navarro then gave Seattle a brief lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning before Arizona capped the scoring with three unanswered runs. Third baseman Ed Lucas collected three hits in the losing effort.
Starter Felix Hernandez made his second Cactus League start, tossing 4.0 innings, allowing one run while striking out four. The right-hander finished strong, retiring the last four batters he faced and seven of the last eight.
Relievers Vidal Nuño (1.1 IP), Dan Altavilla (1.0) and Joel Peralta (1.0) did not allow a run in the final 3.1 frames to keep the game close.
MARINERS AT ROYALS RECAP
The Mariners came up short to Kansas City, 5-4, in the first game of a split-squad, day-night doubleheader before a crowd of 10,638 at Surprise Stadium.
Five of the first six Mariners batters reached base in the top of the first as Seattle took a 3-0 lead over the Royals. Norichika Aoki was hit by a pitch to begin the game and one batter later, scored on Kyle Seager’s single to right field. Dae-Ho Lee then walked to continue the rally, followed by a single from Seth Smith and a double from Jesus Montero to bring the Mariners tally to 3-0.
Taijuan Walker cruised through the first two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Jorge Bonifacio led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to cut Seattle’s lead, 3-1, but Walked bounced back to end the inning on a crisply-turned 1-4-3 double play. Making his fourth start of the spring, Walker tossed 5.0 innings of one-run ball, surrendering 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking none.
The Royals scored 4 runs in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Joe Wieland to take a 5-3 lead over the Mariners. Three straight singles, followed by a walk and a double gave Kansas City the deciding runs in the ballgame.
Seattle cut the deficit to one run in the top of the 9th on Dario Pizzano’s RBI double, but the Mariners were not able to score an equalizing run.
TAIJUAN WALKER ALMOST READY FOR SEASON
Taijuan Walker worked 5.0 innings and allowed just one run in today’s day game against the Kansas City Royals. After his start, he talked about his outing and getting ready for the season (audio).
THE NIGHT CAP
One game down, one to go. The Mariners dropped the first game of the day-night split squad doubleheader but there’s still more baseball to be watched. Right-hander Felix Hernandez will toe the rubber this evening against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS and broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.
JUNIOR ARRIVES AT MARINERS CAMP
Fans are not the only people starstruck when Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. walks in to a room. Junior spent some time chatting with ESPN.com’s Jim Caple, and during that conversation, centerfielder Leonys Martin walked in to the room and immediately his eyes widened and a big smile appeared on his face. After a few minutes, he managed to muster the courage to ask for a photo with the player he idolized as a kid.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
The Mariners have had a long line of Gold Glove caliber centerfielders over the years and today, the past met the present. Ken Griffey Jr. and Franklin Gutierrez have both won a Gold Glove with the Mariners, and the man currently manning the position, Leonys Martin, is arguable the best defensive centerfielder in the game. If you’re going to hit the ball in the air, make sure it’s down the left and right field lines.
WHERE’S THE CAKE?!?
Seattle Mariners Senior Director of Baseball Information Tim Hevly (middle center) is celebrating his 50th birthday today, while Mariners Video Coordinator Jimmy Hartley (left) is also celebrating a birthday today, his 34th. Ted Heid (far right), the Mariners Coordinator of Special Projects and Mariners Marketing Manager Camden Finney (middle right), who is getting ready for the season in Seattle, are also celebrating their birthday’s today.
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