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Game capsule: Mariners 9, Royals 6

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on March 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm with 10 Comments »
March 25, 2014 9:16 pm


The facts: The Mariners nicked Royals veteran Bruce Chen for single runs in the first two innings before Stefen Romero’s two-run homer ignited a five-run third inning.

Play of the game: Felix Hernandez tuned up for his start on opening night by working five innings. He gave up three runs and five hits. He also struck out six, walked none and pronounced himself ready for Monday’s opener against the Angels in Anaheim.

Plus: Mike Zunino marked his 23rd birthday with a game-tying homer with two outs in the second inning…Romero had three hits in five at-bats…Brad Miller went three for four with two doubles and raised his average to .436 (24 for 55)…Carson Smith maintained his 0.00 ERA (in 8 1/3 innings) by by working a one-two-three eighth.

Minus: Reliever Ramon Ramirez didn’t help his already-slim roster chances by allowing two runs in the ninth. He’s allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings…Kyle Seager is batting .175 (11 for 63) after going hitless in three at-bats.

Quotable: “I think you’re looking anywhere, optimistically, from the second (week) to end of the month.” — general manager Jack Zduriencik on the projected availability of injured pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, Brandon Maurer and Stephen Pryor.

Extra innings: Nick Franklin started at second base and shifted to right field in the seventh inning. Manager Lloyd McClendon characterized it as “just tinkering.”….Romero started in right and shifted to first base in the seventh — and immediately made a nice leaping catch on Lorenzo Cain’s leadoff liner.

Health updates: Walker (shoulder), Pryor (back) and Maurer (back) continued their recovery from injuries by pitching in the same minor-league camp game. Fernando Rodney and Joe Beimel were also among those who saw action…Plans call for right fielder Corey Hart to test his ailing back Wednesday and Thursday in minor-league games to maximize at-bats.

Up next: The Mariners head back Wednesday to Surprise to play the complex’s other tenant — the Texas Rangers. And note the early start: 12:05 p.m. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez makes his final spring tune-up for what projects as a start in the second game of the season, April 1 against the Angels.



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  1. Palerydr says:

    So the rotation to start the season looks like Hernandez, Ramirez, Paxton, Elias and Beavan. UGLY! With 2 reclamation projects already tossed to the scrap heap(Baker,Wolf) I don’t see a lot to look forward to the first month.

    I wonder if Franklin makes the team as a utility guy? I would think it better he get regular AB’s in the minors. Hart is looking like a bust before the season starts. Shaping up to be another long year course I didn’t think they would contend for the division but .500 looks like a long shot from where I’m sitting.

  2. This should be the final nail in Cue Ball’s coffin should they get off to a bad start due to poor starting pitching. Trying to save 700 K. They paid Figgins 9 mil NOT to play last year. You don’t take that chance with the starting pitching as thin as it is. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    If Hart struggles early on then there’s a good chance Cue Ball will have to cave to Morales in a last ditch effort to save his job. How long will Morales have to play at Tacoma before he could actually come in and contribute?

  3. IF Bubba, that’s the key word and there are too many IF’s attached to the rotation and position players. Nate personally I don’t want them to sign Morales I’d rather give AB’s to Morrison and Franklin at the DH spot. Cutting your 5th starter isn’t that big of a deal when compared to the people they will use to replace him. None of those names gives me a real thrill including Wolf, a LH soft tosser coming off a 2nd TJ surgery. I also think Wolf wouldn’t have lasted any longer than Iwakuma or Walker returning. I will give Jack credit for at least giving us some reasonably talented players, however they need to produce this year or I agree it’s time for a new GM.

    Something I will give Mate credit for is I’ve actually seen him admit he didn’t get it right, all I see from Bubba is a constant stream of negativity and elitism.

  4. Palerydr, losing Wolf is hardly the worst thing that Cue Ball has ever done. I do give him credit for rebuilding the farm system. He looks like a freakin diamond after the lump of coal that was Bavasi. But you don’t risk losing a solid veteran for 700 K when your rotation is shaky as hell already. I agree that he’d likely be gone once Kuma and Walker are back, but we don’t know when that will be. They may have setbacks. Paxton and/or Ramirez may not pitch well.

    If you don’t think that Wolf would’ve pitched better than at least Noesi and Beavan, then we’ll have to agree to disagree. We’ll never know now. Elias is an unknown. Maurer pitched well in ST and made the jump from AA in 2013. We saw how that worked out.

    Cue Ball isn’t the worst GM ever, but he’s had 5 years already and not shown a hell of a lot in terms of wins. He’s now gotten a 6th year now for some reason. Time to put up or shut up.

  5. And now they had to go out and pay a soft-tossing pitcher that didn’t pitch at the major league level 1.25 mil to come in. Not sure what was gained?

  6. And I thought EVEN YOU would know that Paxton pitches from the LH side. His major issue is consistency. Elias can’t hold his jock when it comes to stuff. Elias will be the Brandon Maurer of 2014 if in the rotation.

    Paxton and Walker will both have their struggles, though I expect both to grow a lot. I expect Walker to end up with an ERA from 3.50-4.00 and Paxton to have one from 4.00-4.50.

  7. I said Elias’ stuff isn’t on par with Paxton’s. It’s not. And I don’t want to count on someone that’s never pitched above AA to win ballgames early in the year. Will he be a good pitcher eventually? I have no idea.

  8. And let me be clear. I’m not criticizing Elias’ FUTURE POTENTIAL. I don’t think it’s smart to count on a pitcher that’s never pitched above AA to win you games though. His being in the rotation isn’t a sign of strength. Maurer pitched even better than Elias has last Spring. We know how that turned out.

  9. wabubba67 says:

    Why are you afraid of me now Bitch Boy?? I don’t need any help (guns, knives, brass knuckles, etc.) to take care of you…and wouldn’t bring any of those inside the Red Hot anyway. I’ll let you know when I’m in town. Hope you decide to reconsider. Don’t make me come looking for you…your beat down would only be worse. Can’t wait for our date.

    Pitchers routinely pitch in the majors without ever pitching at the AAA level. I’m sure you already knew that, though….because you are THE expert.

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