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Mariners 6, A’s 5 — Ackley, Smoak with two hits each

Post by Ryan Divish on March 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm with 3 Comments »
March 18, 2013 5:06 pm

The facts

03.18.13 Box Score

The Mariners pushed their Cactus League winning streak to five games with a 6-5 win over division rival Oakland. Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0) picked up the win, pitching five innings and giving up six hits on three runs with two walks. The Mariners banged out nine hits with Michael Morse hitting his sixth homer of the season. That’s 44th homer this spring for Seattle – the most in the big leagues.

Play of the game

It wasn’t made by the Mariners. It was made by the A’s Coco Crisp. The diminicutive center fielder made a highlight reel catch, scaling the wall in deep left-center and robbing Jesus Montero of what figured to be a sure home run. Crisp nearly doubled off Justin Smoak, who was so certain the ball wouldn’t be caught that he was past second base when Crisp came down with the ball.

Who was hot

Dustin Ackley had a nice day going 2-for-4 with two run scoring singles. Ackley is still working to perfect the changes in his swing. He’s shown signs of success. He hit a hard ground ball up the middle in the sixth inning to Justin Smoak from second. In the eighth inning, Ackley pulled a ball down the line to score Morse.

Who was not

Casper Wells took an 0-for-4 day with three strikeouts. Wells is now 0-for-10 after missing five games with a stiff neck. Wells’ batting average has dropped to .200 (7-for-34) this spring. Much of his production came from back-to-back games where he went 5-for-9 with nine RBIs.

Quotable

“It was a great opportunity for him to pitch that ninth inning. He’s been very consistent all camp. He’s been very impressive. And he was again today.” – Manager Eric Wedge on reliever Carson Smith.

Extra innings

Smith has yet to allow a run this spring in six appearances and six innings pitched. … Smoak continues to hit from the left side, scalding a single in the second inning and yanking a double down the line in the sixth inning. … Brad Miller continues to impress. He had a key two-run double to left-center for the Mariners (below).

On tap

The Mariners return to Peoria Stadium to face the San Francisco Giants in the first of three night games in four days. Right-hander Brandon Maurer will get the start for the Mariners with Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor scheduled to pitch. San Francisco will start left-hander Barry Zito. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710-AM.

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Ryan, what is your impression of Miller’s defense at SS? Does he have the skill set to be a major league SS and just needs to cut down on his errors and improve his consistency, or is he a legitimate question mark at SS like Franklin is.

    With regards to the starting rotation, are Felix, Iwakuma, Saunders, and Ramirez pretty much locked in? That would leave Garland, Beavan, and Maurer fighting for the 5th spot? I didn’t name Bonderman because I don’t see him winning it, but you could put him in there too.

    I’m thinking they keep 5 OFs, 2 catchers, and 6 IFs. Is that how you see it? I’m counting Morse and Ibanez as OFs, but we know they can play the IF too. I would think that Morse, Guti, and Saunders are basically locked in as the starters and Ibanez has one of the reserve spots? That leaves Bay and Wells fighting for the 5th OF spot? It seems like Bay has the edge right now with Wells’ lack of offensive production, but maybe they value defense more from that 5th OF spot? Ibanez certainly isn’t a defensive replacement. I guess Peguero has a shot, but I would think they want him playing everyday somewhere. Are there any realistic surprises in the IF or are Montero and Shoppach at C and Seager, Ryan, Ackley, Smoak, Morales, and Andino locked in?

  2. Palerydr says:

    I would say your roster breakdown is about the way I was thinking myself Nate. My question is if Bay were to not make the final 25 would he accept a AAA roster spot? Also Bay would have to clear waivers as would Wells which I’m thinking one or both would be claimed. I was hoping Wells was going to make a Mike Saunders type of leap offensively this year however early returns don’t look good.

  3. All good questions Nate … I will try and answer them in more detail later. I don’t know about Miller. He will work hard to improve. But maybe it’s cause i’m used to seeing Brendan Ryan play every day. Triunfel still has the best skill set. But he’s slowing turning into Yuni.

    I think you are right about the rotation, but Wedge won’t give us any links.

    Your roster breakdown seems about right … for now.

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