Brandon Maurer made another strong case for the starting rotation, pitching five shutout innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven batters, while walking one. For the spring, Maurer has allowed just two runs in 20 innings pitched. He also got plenty of run support with 16 runs on 16 hits, including two more home runs to push their major league leading total to 52 this spring. The 52 homers is a franchise record, snapping the previous record of 51 set in 1999.
After getting off to a 10-1 start, the Mariners have now lost five of their last six games with Tuesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks. Seattle had nine hits in the game, but didn’t put too much pressure on Arizona pitching. The Mariners had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with the tying run on first base and two outs, but Nick Franklin grounded out to end the game.
Play of the game
Brad Miller became the 19th different Mariner to …
Any slim hopes that Hector Noesi might have had about making the Seattle Mariners starting rotation were likely lost in the chilly, swirling winds of Peoria Stadium on Friday.
Noesi turned in yet another lackluster performance this spring. Under dark skies, with chilly temperatures and intermittent rain drops falling, he looked very much like a pitcher that is ticketed for a trip to Triple A Tacoma.
In two innings of work, Noesi gave up seven runs (six earned) on five hits, while walking two batters, hitting another and serving up three home runs against the Oakland A’s. Of course, the …
The Mariners continued score runs and blast the ball over the fence. Seattle got two home runs from prospect Stefen Romero and another from Casper Wells in the win. The Mariners also got outstanding pitching, limiting the Royals to two runs on seven hits and struck out eight batters
Play(er) of the game
Stefen Romero blew open a 1-1 game in the fourth inning, ripping 2-0 fastball from Guillermo Moscoso over the wall in left field for a grand slam (above). That was the biggest hit …
After weeks of throwing and watching from the dugout, Felix Hernandez made his much-anticipated Cactus League debut on Thursday.
Perhaps no person relished the moment of stepping on the mound in a game situation more than Hernandez himself, who has patiently waited for his chance to pitch this spring, while the Mariners have taken their time getting him ready for the season.
Early Thursday morning in the Mariners’ clubhouse, Hernandez blasted Latin hip-hop and dance music at room-shaking decibels to pump himself up, while giddily interacting with teammates.
In another organization, John Hicks would be getting all the attention. A young, athletic catching prospect who is outstanding defensively, and far better than average offensively: It’s something that every team covets.
And yet, when Seattle’s future at catcher is discussed, Hicks’ name isn’t the first to be mentioned.
He’s a bit of an unknown with just two minor league seasons of pro experience.
But the real reason has nothing to do with what Hicks has or hasn’t done since he was drafted out of the University of Virginia in the fourth round of the 2011 …