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March 8, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Update after 3.5 innings

Here’s a game update. Side note: gotta love the stadium here in Surprise, Ariz. You can see mountains far off in the distance. It’s supposed to reach 87 degrees. Sky is mostly clear. Fans are clustered in the shaded part of the stands or sunbathing beyond the outfield fence.
This is one of my favorite spring training parks we visit.
The Mariners offense exploded (relative, of course) in the top of the first inning against Royals starter Odalis Perez. Willie Bloomquist singled, moved to second on a Jeremy Reed fly to center and scored on a Jose Vidro double. Vidro scored on a sacrifice fly by Bryan LaHair.
All told, the Mariners tallied four hits and a walk in the first inning, but only scored twice because Mike Morse lined sharply to shortstop with two outs and the bases loaded. I can almost hear the post-game quotes now: “Sometimes you hit it hard right at people.”
In the bottom of the first, Ben Broussard made an impressive catch in left field. He tracked a ball into foul territory and slid into position. The highlight of the afternoon so far.
Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn cruised through the first. Notable: he got two left-handed hitters out …quot; a focus this season after his struggles against lefties a year ago.
Washburn looked sharp. He retired the first five Royals. He didn’t allow a hit until the Royals sixth batter. He plunked Alex Gordon next. Then he retired four Royals after that. Jorge Campillo replaced Washburn in the bottom of the fourth.
Bloomquist added another hit in the fourth inning — LaHair also singled in the third — but the Mariners did not add another run.
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