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March 2, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Mariners at Arizona Diamondbacks: March 2, 2011 game thread

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If you missed my segment on KJR AM 950’s Mitch in the Morning show today, here is is once again.
Matt Tuiasosopo delivered just the second Seattle hit of the day, a two-run single in the top of the eighth. But Paul Goldschmidt just came through with a two-run single of his own off Justin Miller in the bottom of the frame to put Arizona back on top by two.
So, it’s a 5-2 game at this point.
Sorry, I’ve been a bit slow today, but I’ve got a treat for you later. MLB Network has begun doing its 30 Clubs in 30 Days segment and on Saturday will feature an hour-long look at the Mariners.
Well, today I went one-on-one with studio hosts John Hart and Dan Plesac, with me asking them the questions for a change. With Hart as a former GM and Plesac as an 18-year veteran pitcher in both leagues. I felt their opinions on the M’s and some of what’s happened would be interesting.
You’ll hear some audio from that on tonight’s Geoff Baker LIve! at 6:30 p.m. PT.


1:11 p.m.: Michael Pineda retired all six batters he faced today. For me, his last one was the most interesting after he jumped ahead 1-2 in the count on veteran hitter Xavier Nady.
But Nady knows how to work a count and brought things back full again. Pineda kept trying to blow some fastballs by him up and a little away, but Nady spoiled the pitches each time.
Pineda then came back inside and froze Nady. The call was borderline but it’s a strikeout nonetheless.
Seattle trails 1-0 as we head to the fifth inning. Juan Miranda got hold of a one-out pitch from Yoervis Medina and rocketed it over the wall in left.
12:20 p.m.: Good first inning for Michael Pineda, getting three quick outs. Pineda got ahead 1-2 on Willie Bloomquist, who then grounded a ball to Justin Smoak, who flipped to the covering pitcher.
After that, Pineda went 1-1 on Tony Abreu, who then hit a routine grounder to second.
Pineda had a little more trouble with Justin Upton, falling behind 3-0. Upton had the green light after that and cranked one to the lip of the warning track in right. But right fielder Johermyn Chavez camped under it for the third out.
11:56 a.m.: We’re here at the brand new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., home of the Diamondbacks. Press facilities are first rate and it’s easy to get here by car so this is already my favorite ballpark in Arizona. Besides, I’ve never seen a talking stick.
Michael Pineda takes the mound today against Willie Bloomquist and the gang.
Here are today’s lineups:
MARINERS
DH Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Gabe Gross
1B Justin Smoak
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Johermyn Chavez
C Josh Bard
2B Luis Rodriguez
RHP Michael Pineda
DIAMONDBACKS
2B Willie Bloomquist
SS Tony Abreu
RF Justin Upton
1B Juan Miranda
3B Geoff Blum
DH Xavier Nady
LF Ryan Roberts
CF A.J. Pollock
C Henry Blanco
RHP Aaron Heilman

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