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March 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Mariners vs. Reds Game Thread — March 4

GAME OVER — Mariners went down meekly in the ninth to lose 3-1 and fall to 2-3-1 on the young spring. Seattle with just five hits and the lone run coming in the third.
I’ll wrap up things a little bit later.
TO THE BOTTOM OF NINTH — Still 3-1. Last chance for the M’s. It’ll be time to head to the field for interviews soon so may not be anymore on here until afterward.
ANOTHER THREE-AND-OUT FOR THE M’S — Mariners with just five hits so far after going down easily in the eighth. So it remains 3-1 going to the ninth.
ACKLEY WITH ANOTHER NICE PLAY — Ackley looking like he’s beginning to get more comfortable at second as he snared a line drive and threw quickly to first to turn a double play and end the top of the eighth. It remains 3-1 Reds.
M’S DOWN 1-2-3 IN THE SEVENTH — So it remains 3-1 going to the eighth. Jose Flores now pitching for the Mariners.
REDS GO 1-2-3 IN SEVENTH — A nice inning for Lueke to dispatch the Reds, basically getting four outs after Bard couldn’t catch a pop foul (a tough play on a windy day).
M’S GO DOWN 1-2-3 IN SIXTH — So still 3-1 heading to the top of the seventh. Carp is now at first, Bard catching and Josh Lueke now pitching.


LAFFEY GETS THROUGH SIXTH — He gave up a hit and hit a guy, but didn’t allow any runs, so still 3-1 going to bottom of sixth.
Willis now on for the Reds.
STILL 3-1 END OF FIFTH — Figgins struck out looking with Ichiro on second to end the fifth. M’s did not score as Ichiro reached on a two-out infield hit. M’s now beginning to make a ton of changes, including Chavez in right and Tuiasosopo at third.
Dontrelle Willis supposed to pitch soon for the Reds.
REDS GO UP 3-1 — The Reds got a run in the top of the fifth off Pauley. But it could have been worse as he got a double-play and then a called strikeout to end the inning.
STILL 2-1 IN THE FIFTH — Had to be away from here for a few minutes to go talk with Doug Fister — the score remains 2-1 in the top of the fifth.
Fister said he was struggling with his delivery to keep the ball down. He doesn’t consider it a significant issue, said it’s mostly just the normal working-out-the-kinks of the spring. But he was definitely not happy with the way he threw.
Fister has now allowed four runs and eight hits in five spring training innings. Obviously, way too early to be concerned about anything, though with so much uncertain about the starting staff after the first two, anything that potentially impacts those spots is a little noteworthy.
M’S ON THE BOARD — M’s got one in the fourth on a smoking lead-off single by Ackley up the middle, who then advanced to third on a hit-and-run grounder by Moore. Ackley then scored on a sac fly by Ichiro.
Fister is done, having thrown 42 pitches, 31 strikes, allowing five hits and two runs. David Pauley is now in.
NICE DEFENSE BY M’S — Two good defensive plays got the M’s out of the third. Ackley rolled nicely to his left to scoop up a grounder for the first out, and Figgins roamed to the dugout railing to reach in and get a pop foul for the second. Fister then struck out Heisey for the last out of the inning, and likely of Fister’s day. Score still 2-0.
M’S DOWN WITHOUT A RUN IN THE SECOND —- M’s got a one-out single by Smoak but no more, with Gross striking out and Josh Wilson grounding out, to leave it 2-0 Reds heading to the third.
And the wind continues blowing in.
REDS GET TWO IN THE SECOND — The Reds got two runs in the top of the second on a lead-off double by Ramon Hernandez, who then scored on a single by Fred Lewis, who then scored on a one-out sac fly to center (advancing on the throw and a ground out).
So 2-0 Reds to the bottom of the second.
M’S GO 1-2-3 — Figgins and Bradley hit the ball hard, but both out — Bradley on a liner to right and Figgins a grounder to first. So 0-0 at the end of one.
FISTER GETS THROUGH THE FIRST — Doug Fister gave up two soft singles with one out, but then got a ground out and a swinging strikeout to get out of the inning.
REALLY WINDY HERE — And it’s blowing in as the game begins, so at the moment, don’t expect a lot of HRs today.
PRE-GAME —
Here are the lineups:
MARINERS
Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Chone Figgins, 3B
Milton Bradley, LF
Jack Cust, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Gabe Gross, CF
Josh Wilson, SS
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Adam Moore, C
Doug Fister is the starting pitcher, expected to go three innings in his second start of the spring.
REDS
Dave Sappelt, CF
Zack Cozart, SS
Yonder Alonzo, 1B
Juan Francisco, 3B
Chris Heisey, RF
Ramon Hernandez, C
Fred Lewis, DH
Jeremy Hermida, LF
Kris Negron, 2B
Pitcher is Chris Reineke, RHP.

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