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Mariners 16, Rockies 6 — The pummeling continues …

Post by Ryan Divish on March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm with 3 Comments »
March 5, 2013 8:26 am
Kyle Seager celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kyle Seager celebrates after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The facts

The Mariners continued their push to become the 1927 Yankees of the 2013 Cactus League. Seattle (10-1) banged out 16 hits and scored 16 runs in the pummeling of Colorado. It was 10th straight win for the Mariners. Raul Ibanez and Kyle Seager each hit home runs to push the Mariners’ total to 24 in 11 games. It was the eighth-straight game they hit multiple home runs in a game.

Here’s video of Seager’s home run

Here’s video of Ibanez’s homer

Play of the game

A ground ball is supposed to be easy to field for a big league first baseman. But it wasn’t for Rockies’ first baseman Michael Cuddyer. Kyle Seager’s hard ground ball ate up Cuddyer at first base, bouncing off his glove and allowing Seager to reach first safely. It should have been the third out of the fourth inning. Instead, the inning stayed alive and Seattle scored six runs with two outs to turn a 3-3 tie to a 9-3 lead.

Who was hot

Casper Wells wasn’t hot coming into the game. The Mariners outfielder was hitting .111 (2-for-18) with a double and a home run. But he came to life against the Rockies, going 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple and five runs batted in. The big blast was a bases-loaded triple to right-center in the six-run fourth inning.

“He’s worked hard to shorten up his swing, and we’ve seen that this spring,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

Here’s video of Wells’ triple

Who was not

Mariners’ fans know what Miguel Batista innings can be like. The one-time Seattle pitcher can look dominant one moment and awful the next, all in the same inning. It happened in the fourth inning. Batista looked sharp striking out Robert Andino and Carlos Triunfel to start. But Batista walked Franklin Gutierrez, despite being ahead 1-2 in the count. Then after Cuddyer’s error on the Seager groundball, Batista fell apart, allowing a RBI double to Raul Ibanez and the three-run triple to Wells. While none of the runs were earned, Batista still allowed four hits and two walks in the inning.

Quotable

“I just want him to keep on the path. He obviously proved to everybody that he’s very capable of being successful in the big leagues.” Wedge on third baseman Kyle Seager.

Extra innings

Carlos Triunfel had a solid game, going 2-for-5 at the plate, while also making a pair of nice plays at shortstop. … Catcher John Hicks had an infield single in his only at-bat. He is now 5-for-8 this spring. … Reliever Stephen Pryor wasn’t quite as sharp as previous outings, giving up two runs on two hits, including a home run to Kent Matthes. … Robert Andino made two outs in the fourth inning. He struck out off of Batista to start the inning and then grounded out to short to end the inning.

On tap

The Mariners are off today. They will return to action again on Wednesday when they host the Milwaukee Brewers. Blake Beavan is scheduled to make the start.

 

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  1. SandlotSam says:

    I get that Spring Training records don’t mean anything, I get that, believe me, but the people in the Seattle media repeating that mantra over and over and over are starting to remind me of Baghdad Bob and Tokyo Rose. “Do not believe your eyes, G.I….believe what I tell you”. At least the M’s are making Spring Training fun and entertaining, even if it doesn’t “mean anything”.

  2. goddardr says:

    @Sam – you’re right. The main thing is that improvement is evident in batting. Remember, the team batted only .234 last season and were still in a lot of close losses. It doesn’t take much improvement to turn that around. Hit on the higher side of .250 and the season could look a whole lot different.

  3. Palerydr says:

    Spring training numbers usually don’t translate to regular season success. What the team is gaining this spring is confidence which will carry over to the regular season. The goal I would like the team to achieve this year is to score 700 runs. I don’t care if the team BA is 240 as long as they score 700+ runs. With the pitching the Mariners have I believe it’s possible for them to win 80-85 games this year. I doubt they contend for a wild card but they will be in the conversation.

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