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Game capsule: Mariners 3, Rockies 2

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on March 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm with 1 Comment »
March 28, 2014 10:06 pm


The facts: Nate Tenbrink’s line-drive RBI single capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning Friday in the Mariners’ spring home finale at Peoria Stadium, which is scheduled to undergo a renovation prior to next year.

Play of the game: Tyler Smith’s two-run double past third tied the game against Rockies reliever Manny Corpas, who inherited a 2-0 lead to start the ninth inning.

Plus: Rookie lefty Roenis Elias gave up two runs in five innings in his first outing since learning he will open the season in the big leagues. Both runs scored in the third inning and were somewhat tainted…Yoervis Medina retired six straight in his two innings with three strikeouts.

Minus: Center fielder Abraham Almonte misplayed Tyler Chatwood’s leadoff drive into a triple in Colorado’s two-run third inning…The Mariners had only four hits before the ninth inning…right-hander Felix Hernandez received a formal reprimand from Major League Baseball for a uniform violation in his last spring start. The problem? His jersey was unbuttoned to a level below the Mariners’ logo. Future violations could result in a $1,000 fine.

Quotable: “In my mind, I came here to win a job. I was going to do everything I could to not waste this opportunity.” — Elias on making the jump from Double-A Jackson to the big leagues.

Extra innings: Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who began playing catch earlier in the week got what the Mariners termed a “clean bill of health” in the latest exam to gauge his recovery from a strained tendon in his middle finger. That means no medical restrictions.

Up next: The same two teams close the spring in a 12:10 p.m. game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Right-hander Chris Young, signed Thursday, makes his debut in a Mariners’ uniform. Lefty Franklin Morales will start for the Rockies.


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  1. Quinault says:

    I like the fact that there does not seem to be any quit in the team. They have rallied from behind a lot in the spring training games. But my preference is to have a lead late in the game instead. This does multiple things: it allows Rodney to earn his money, it teaches the team what it takes to win, and we may be able to see any late inning defensive replacements. Oh, and it might keep fans healthy as they stress over comebacks even more than the youth!

    I think Lloyd has them playing right. I expect a running game during the season (very National League). We have team speed.

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