Do not adjust your screen. It’s now 14-0 for the Mariners, still in the seventh inning, after Mike Carp doubled to the left-field corner with the bases loaded, clearing them all. Only Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald can save the Dodgers now. As long as Big Ben isn’t signed by the M’s, that is.
Have a look down below at Adrian Beltre notching his first of two hits today, a two-run double down the left-field line. Beltre told us on Geoff Baker Live! today that he’ll make his WBC decision after tomorrow’s game. He said it will depend largely on how his shoulder feels but that his thumb, at this point, is no longer an issue. Thanks to Bikesman for posing that question to Beltre and allowing us to gain the info.
We’ve got some Erik Bedard audio for you straight from the clubhouse. His answers were just like his pitching today. Brief and to the point.
“I’m just trying to get the ball over the plate,” he said. “I’m trying to get the feel of all my pitches early in the spring and gradually try to get better at it.”
Pretty much says it all. He goes on to make a dry joke about how he feels as good as he did in his first game last spring, only “the score’s different.”
And given how last spring went for him, this was a cakewalk. Not much else a guy can say this early in spring training.
Have a listen by clicking right here.
See the video of Erik Bedard’s four-pitch first inning down below. By the way, Felix Hernandez is the proud papa of a baby boy, Abraham, born today and weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces. He also has a daughter, Mia.
13:53 p.m.: Mike Wilson just went deep to left center for a two-run homer in the sixth inning, followed by a solo blast from Matt Tuiasosopo to give the Mariners a 11-0 lead. Like we told you, no offense this year, no power. What a funny game baseball can be, especially in spring training. Tuiasosopo is indeed showing some power so far, and likely opening eyes in the process. If he keeps this up, the M’s will probably have to consider him as a replacement should Adrian Beltre get traded mid-season. Still very early to make a call like that, but a good start for Tuiasosopo.
13:31 p.m.: This has turned into a rout after the Mariners scored four more runs in the fourth inning for an 8-0 lead. Prentice Redman opened with an infield single and took second on a base-hit to right by Rob Johnson. Ronny Cedeno then laid down a bunt that the Dodgers completely muffed on, allowing a run to score and everyone to reach safely. Russell Branyan tripled home a pair of runs with a drive to right center after that and Adrian Beltre singled to right to bring him in. That’s a 2-for-3 day for Beltre. WBC anyone? Catch his interview on Geoff Baker Live! from earlier today (20th minute) as he explains what it will take for him to make that call.
13:01 p.m.: Seattle now has a 4-0 lead, courtesy of Adrian Beltre drilling a two-run double down the left field line in the bottom of the third. Beltre would later score on a Bryan LaHair double to right center. In Beltre’s case, he worked the count full, then put a good swing on the ball — pulling it down the line. He’d been late on a few swings prior to that and in his first at-bat.
12:34 p.m.: The Mariners have a 1-0 lead heading to the third. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a double down the left field line in the second inning and Franklin Gutierrez followed with a single to center that brought him home with no throw to the plate (whew!). Erik Bedard is done for the day and Jason Vargas is now on.
Bedard’s second inning was a carbon copy of his first. He got James Loney to fly out to medium center. A hard single to left from Matt Kemp followed, but Bedard erased that with a 6-4-3 double-play grounder by Mark Loretta. Bedard has thrown only 14 pitches, nine for strikes. A much better spring debut than a year ago.
12:20 p.m.: Erik Bedard makes his spring training debut today. He just got through a four-pitch first inning. Got a pop-out, yielded an infield single, then got a double-play ball off Russell Martin. Mike Morse, seen goofing on Geoff Baker Live! earlier today, has been scratched with flu-like symptoms. Glad he was leaning over my shoulder and breathing on me while we were on the air. Thanks Mike. Matt Tuiasosopo is playing third and had a ball deflect off his glove on that infield hit in the first inning. Bedard will go back out for another.
Funny story to tell you. As I was walking into the ballpark, GM Jack Zdureincik was trying to do the same with his wife, Debbie, and scouting director Tom McNamara. Nope, they wouldn’t let him in. Made all three go to a different gate.
Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1)
9 Juan Pierre (L) LF
12 Brad Ausmus C
55 Russell Martin DH
7 James Loney (L) 1B
27 Matt Kemp CF
5 Mark Loretta 3B
75 Xavier Paul (L) RF
13 Tony Abreu (S) SS
60 Chin-lung Hu 2B
58 Chad Billingsley RHP
Seattle Mariners (0-0-1)
3 Ronny Cedeno SS
4 Jose Lopez 2B
30 Russell Branyan (L) 1B
29 Adrian Beltre DH
39 Bryan LaHair (L) LF
27 Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
50 Prentice Redman RF
32 Rob Johnson C
45 Erik Bedard LHP