Felix Hernandez was his usual bouncy self today in the clubhouse. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he fully expects Hernandez to make his next start after tweaking his back in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s loss.
Tom Wilhelmsen closes it out with a 1-2-3 ninth. Mariners win, 6-0.
Some clubhouse reaction:
From ERIC WEDGE:
“Maurer really set the tone. He threw a great ball game. He did a great job of using all his pitches, of executing pitches. He was down when he wanted to be down and elevated when he wanted to elevate. He was on and off the plate when he wanted to be, too. He did a great job. … I think he’s really settled in. I think he learned a great deal from those first two starts. That’s typical of a young starting pitcher with ability. You still have to get up here and see things for yourself and learn a great deal early on … and really throuought the course of your rookie season. He’s doing a good job of really settling in.
On Peguero’s 451-foot homer: He really got into that one. … He really went down and scooped that one out and hit it a long way. That was a big boost to get us going.
On the game:
“It was definitely nice to get the homestand started off on a good note and to beat a good pitcher and a good team. Maurer threw the ball great tonight and he gave us every chance to win. … We knew we had to play better and we came out with a little more of an edge today, and that was definitely a good thing. But we haven’t lost confidence in ourselves. We know we have a good offense, and we know we’re going to score more runs.”
On the key to facing this lineup) Definitely no mistakes, because that’s what they hit. Be sure to keep the ball down, keep it on the outside, put a little sink on it, change speeds and go right after them.
PEGUERO On if he’s ever hit a longer home run: In minor league I think so, but here, this is the first longer homer I hit in the big leagues. … I follow it. Always as a hitter you want to see how far you hit it.
On the reaction he received in the dugout: The team was very happy. I just have a good idea and put everything on the ball. They just happy for me.
On if he ever hit one over the center field wall at Cheney Stadium: Never. I tried a couple of times, but I’ve never seen (it done).
Unlike many teams around major league baseball, the Seattle Mariners have been relatively healthy this spring. They’ve had a few minor dings and dents – a stiff neck here, some tight legs there – but they’ve avoided the season-affecting injuries that can cripple a team.
It looked as though that run of good fortune was going to come an end on Saturday afternoon at Peoria Stadium in a 10-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
In the top of the second inning, starting pitcher Blake Beavan delivered a 1-0 fastball to touted Indians prospect Francisco Lindor. The switching-hitting infielder – batting …
Here’s the line-up for today’s game against the Angels. It will be a big day for Jeremy Bonderman as he is scheduled to pitch four innings. People have mentioned on Twitter about Franklin Gutierrez’s absence in the lineup the past few days. He last played on March 9. We talked to Gutierrez, who said he has some stiffness in his legs. The Mariners decided to give him a break from games, but he’s still been at the complex every day taking BP and doing his normal work.
Danny Hultzen is on his way back to pitching again this spring. The Mariners prized pitching prospect was sidelined by mild strain in his right hip flexor. After a few days of treatment, everything seems to be going well.
“I’m feeling good,” he said before morning workouts.
Hultzen will play catch today, including off the mound. If all goes well, he will throw a bullpen session in the day or two.
“I’m going to test it out and see how it goes,” Hultzen said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be any longer than this. I’m just glad everything has gone …