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March 22, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Bats silent in M’s loss

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It’s Sunday afternoon at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz, and that means little children get to run the bases after the game. Not too much base running by the Mariners, who mustered only seven hits in a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Three of those hits came from the bat of Chris Woodward alone.
Wladimir Balentien also had two hits, upping his average to .389.
Mike Wilson hit his fifth homer of the spring and Mike Morse also had a hit, but that was it.
We told you about Erik Bedard and where he needs to get, up near 90 pitches, to be ready for the season. he threw 45 pitches today and has a couple of outings to go.
It wasn’t the best of days for some Mariners relievers trying to make the squad.
Cesar Jimenez got only one batter out in the sixth inning and wound up yielding three runs on two hits and two walks to take the loss. Jimenez is up against it trying to make the team as a lefty in the bullpen. If Tyler Johnson can come back healthy, it looks like he’ll get the job. We’ll know more this week.
Randy Messenger had his sturggles in a 1 2/3 innings outing today, giving up a run on four hits.
Still a ton of questions at the back of this bullpen.
To answer a question from the comments thread earlier, Chris Shelton, who went 0-for-2 today, would indeed be shipped to Class AAA to start the year if he doesn’t make the major league squad. Shelton is on a minor league deal, so he would not have to clear waivers first.

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