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A game that didn’t matter is soon forgotten

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm with 3 Comments »
February 25, 2011 2:38 pm

Intrasquad games are even worse than kissing your sister – for every good thing that happens on the field, something bad is happeningt to one of your players.

Team Ichiro beat Team Jack Wilson, 3-1, in a game touched by some solid pitching and aggressive baserunning that included five stolen bases, including two by Milton Bradley and a steal of third by catcher Miguel Olivo.

“We’re going to be aggressive,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We’re not going to do anything half-assed or halfway. Today, of course, for every stolen base we had a pitcher who wasn’t holding a runner on very well. That’s the flip-side of intrasquad games.

Rookies Michael Pineda and Blake Beavan started and each worked a scoreless inning, though Beaven saw up close how crazy Ichiro can make a pitcher.

“I was ahead of him, 0-2, and he hit a changeup off his ankles for a hit,” Beavan said. “They told me on the bench, ‘The only guy who could do that is on your team, don’t worry!'”

Pineda, meanwhile, threw all his pitches in one inning: “My slider, my change, my fastball. I threw them all down in the zone.”

All told in a five-inning game, Wedge used 10 pitchers – including Dan Cortes, who hit his pitch limit of 25 while getting just two outs – and nearly every position player got on the field, if not to the plate.

“It was a game just to kick the dust off,” Wedge said. “We watched, we took note, we’ll talk about a few things with players.”

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  1. SandlotSam says:

    I wonder why they even bother with these goofy intrasquad games. They’re like eating plastic fruit. At least nobody rode off on their bike into the Arizona sunset. And nobody wore an obscene T-shirt.

  2. williambryan says:

    Larry or Ryan, sorry if this question has been covered and I have missed it, but I was wondering about Ackley. Is he a lock for the opening day roster? what are you guys expecting his season to look like?
    Thanks

  3. Intrasquad games are even worse than kissing your sister – for every good thing that happens on the field, something bad is happening to one of your players.

    Um Larry, WRONG! While I’m quite fond of my sister as a person, a full on kiss would be way too creepy!!! (I’m sure she feels the same!).

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