Thursday, March 24, 2016 / 11 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS AT ROCKIES RECAP
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Mariners teamed for 10 runs on 18 hits – a team-best this spring – in a 10-8 victory over Colorado in front of a crowd of 11,365 at Salt River Field at Talking Stick.
In his 5th start of the spring, Taijuan Walker tossed 3.2 innings, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Walker earned the win and is now 1-2 this spring. Donn Roach tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief, his 4th consecutive scoreless outing – all of which have been at least 2.0 innings.
Seth Smith was 2-for-4 with 1 run scored, 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Smith has now hit safely in 5 straight games, batting .571 (8×14) with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples and 6 RBI during the streak. Shawn O’Malley finished 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 1 double and 1 RBI. O’Malley has now scored 15 runs this spring, tops in MLB.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after O’Malley walked and scored on Nelson Cruz’s single to right field. Back-to-back doubles from Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story in the bottom of the first quickly evened the score at 1-1. Colorado took a 2-1 lead on Carlos Gonzalez’s double to right-center field, the Rockies third straight double to begin the inning. Two outs later, Gonzalez scored on DJ LeMahieu’s single to make it 3-1 in favor of Colorado at the end of one frame.
Seattle responded with 3 runs in the top of the second, reclaiming the lead, 4-3. Stefen Romero started the inning with a single and later scored on an error, one of three Colorado errors in the inning. Smith continued his hot hitting with a ringing double off the wall in center field to score Dae-Ho Lee and Chris Taylor.
Colorado tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the second as Dustin Garneau led off with a double and came around to score on a single from Blackmon.
Daniel Robertson hit his team-leading 3rd triple of the spring to plate Chris Taylor in the top of the fourth and once again put the Mariners in front, 5-4. O’Malley and Smith followed with back-to-back doubles to extend the lead to 7-4. Steve Clevenger capped the scoring in the inning at 8-4 with a two-out, run-scoring single.
Garneau and Blackmon scored on a two-run double from Gonzalez in the bottom of the fourth to bring the Rockies within two runs of the Mariners, 8-6.
The Mariners tacked on 2 insurance runs in the top of the eighth, keyed by a double off the bat of Efren Navarro and a triple from Austin Wilson. The Rockies scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, but the Mariners lead held at 10-8.
MARINERS AT ROCKIES HIGHLIGHTS
DAE-HO LEE GRAIL
Fans can be a little creative when it comes to supporting the Mariners. At the end of today’s game, two young men were spotted wearing custom made shirts supporting one of the newest Mariners, Dae-Ho Lee. For those of you not familiar, the Holy Grail is a dish, plate, stone, or cup that is part of an important theme of Arthurian literature. According to legend, it has special powers, and is designed to provide happiness, eternal youth and food in infinite abundance. Let’s hope that Dae-Ho Lee can help provide happiness during the 2016 season.
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