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February 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

San Diego Padres at Mariners: Feb. 27, 2011 Charity Game thread

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NOTE: A reminder that there will be no Geoff Baker Live! tonight because of the Oscars, but we’ll resume the show tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Sad to see Duke Snider pass away. His playing career was obviously great, but he was also part of the first broadcast team I ever listened to back in Montreal in the late 1970s when he and Dave Van Horne were the voices of the Expos. Van Horne was just named a recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award honoring broadcasters and currently works as the play-by-play man of the Florida Marlins.
Carlos Peguero was a one-man wrecking crew in Class AA last year and he showed why in the ninth, hitting a two-out, game-tying homer to right field to even the game at 12-12. You can see him rounding third and heading home in the photo above.
Not only that, Peguero then threw out a runner from left field as he tried to score from second on a single in the top of the 10th.
One more half-inning to play and that’s it. But Peguero just added to an already-strong day offensively by his team.
Something a little different on the game threads this season. We’ll be offering commentary where warranted and updating you on important developments.
But this is not meant to replicate a GameCast. If you want pitch-by-pitch, or play-by-play, there are other spots you can get that.
This one is meant for commentary and as a place for you to gather and offer you own insights into what’s going on. I realize it’s tough to get a pitch-by-pitch recap of some spring training games elsewhere on the Web. But there’s a reason for that. It’s spring training.
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Today, Erik Bedard will throw the first half-inning, then he’ll be off to the clubhouse and I’ll be there to hear what he has to say. So, that means I can’t be here to see all of the action for a bit.
So, bear with me today. Use this space for what it’s intended. To give you honest insights into what’s actually happening.
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Looking forward to this, our fifth season here together on the blog. Hard to believe it all began four years ago.

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2:57 p.m.: They’ve just announced the attendance at 5,969, which would appear to be a bit…uh….inflated. There are entire sections of the stadium that are completely empty. It’s a bit cold here for Arizona standards today, so I’m sure there were some no-shows.
Cesar Jimenez is on the comeback trail, but things didn’t go so well in the eighth inning. He gave up a solo homer to James Darnell that makes it 12-9 for the Padres.
So, we’re still within a Paul Silvi field goal of Seattle tying it up.
Not much to talk about where the relievers are concerned today, but on the positive front, the M’s have scored some runs today. More importantly, it was the regulars in the lineup who did most of the scoring early on. That’s what you’d like to see, because, truly, everything that’s happened the past few frames is more or less meaningless.
None of the guys who’ve factored into the scoring or runs given up since midway through this contest are even going to be here on Opening Day. So, it’s a start.
1:55 p.m.: This is a real spring training game now as Nick Hundley just jackhammered a Denny Bautista pitch over the wall in left for a grand slam to give the Padres an 8-7 lead in the fifth inning.
Seattle had been cruising with a 6-2 advantage in the fourth when Manny Delcarmen came on to pitch for the M’s and yielded a Chris Denorfia double to center that bounced on the warning track and one-hopped the wall. That brought one run in and then a sac fly closed the gap to two.
Delcarmen also walked a batter in the inning. If he’s battling for a late-inning spot in the bullpen, that’s not what you want to see. But it’s early.
Seattle scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, but then Bautista came on and it’s been all fireworks since. Tattoo-man Justin Miller has now come on to pitch, but it looks like Bautista was already the biggest tattoo recipient today.
Whoops…maybe not. Miller just saw his second pitch smacked over the same left field wall by Logan Forsythe for a two-run homer. So, make it 10-7 for the Padres after five.
1:35 p.m.: Well, Erik Bedard, as you can imagine, was pretty pleased with his nine-pitch effort in the first inning. Someone asked him whether he was surprised his curveball was working so well in Arizona and he deadpanned:
“Yeah, because this is probably the best inning I’ve had in spring training history.”
Truthfully, it would be tough to have it go any better. Two strikeouts and a first-pitch groundout. Eight strikes and only one ball thrown. Bedard said his plan going in was just to throw strikes and he wasn’t kidding.
“I was trying to be as efficient as I can and throw it over the plate,” he said. “That’s how it went today. It’s not going to be like that everytime. But it was fun that it went that way.”
Bedard admitted that he “was a little excited before, when I started warming up because it’s been so long. But it’s just good to be out there, put your feet on the mound.”
Asked whether he ever doubted he’d be back, Bedard said no. The last surgery, he added, was different from the more serious one he had back in 2009.
After the latest one, it was just a matter of getting his arm stronger.
Seattle leads 7-4 after four innings.
12:47 p.m.: Just your typical five-run inning for the Mariners in the second. Saw a lot of that last year, didn’t we? Yup.
So, it’s 5-2 for Seattle after a pair. What the heck happened that frame? I’ll tell you. A whole lot of two-out hitting from some guys the M’s didn’t always get it from last season.
First off, Jack Wilson — yes, that same guy — sent a hard grounder up the middle to bring a pair home to tie the game. Ichiro then legged out an infield hit and Chone Figgins put Seattle up by two with a two-run single lined into right field.
Milton Bradley kept the run rally going with a hard shot towards first base that took a funny skip off the dirt and bounded into the outfield for a hit.
12:27 p.m.: Luke French didn’t pitch all that poorly, but still saw the first three hitters he faced reach base in the top of the second. The Padres scored twice to take a 2-0 lead.
I’ll comment on some of what happened, namely because passed balls were an ongoing issue last year and again reared their ugly head today. French had his first batter, Brad Hawpe, struck out, but a passed ball by new catcher Miguel Olivo enabled him to reach first base.
Chase Headley then singled to left and then Nick Hundley muscled a ball into center field to bring the first run home. Another single to left by Cameron Maybin loaded the bases up and then french finally got his first out when Chris Denofria popped a ball to center.
The ball was deep enough to score the speedy Headley from third.
French then got out of the inning, but the M’s really have to tighten up behind the plate this season. Passed balls and wild pitches hurt them badly last season and Eric Wedge and company can’t be too happy with seeingt one right off the bat. Correcting issues like these are what spring training is for.
12:12 p.m.: Erik Bedard made quick work of the Padres in his first major league game action since July 2009. Bedard struck out the first two batters, getting Wil Venable to swing away at a 1-2 pitch and then catching Everth Cabrera looking at an 0-2 offering.
Bedard then got Jorge Cantu to ground out to second on the first pitch.
The formula used by Bedard was pretty straightforward. He got ahead of the hitters, didn’t nibble and was back in the dugout quickly.
12:08 p.m.: We’re about to get underway here in Peoria. They’re going through a bunch of pre-game ceremonies on the field as the players warm up.
The lineups:
RF Wil Venable
SS Everth Cabrera
DH Jorge Cantu
1B Brad Hawpe
3B Chase Headley
C Nick Hundley
CF Cameron Maybin
LF Chris Denorfia
2B Kevin Frandsen
RHP Tim Stauffer
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
DH Milton Bradley
1B Justin Smoak
2B Adam Kennedy
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
LF Gabe Gross
SS Jack Wilson
LHP Erik Bedard

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