M’S WIN IT 7-2 — Three RBIs by Guti, and good pitching by Bedard key the win today over the Indians. But the big news is obviously the injury to Olivo.
I’ll pass along more from Wedge shortly but he had no new news on Olivo, and we were just told that he will not have his MRI until Monday, so there won’t be anything new on him until Monday at the earliest.
M’S NOTHING IN THE EIGHTH — Justin Miller will try to finish it out for the M’s in the top of the ninth with Seattle ahead 7-2.
NOTHING FOR INDIANS — Really quick inning for Parades (which won’t make the manager and coaches unhappy) getting a double-play to get the Indians down easily in the eighth. 7-2 M’s to the bottom of eight.
M’S ADD ANOTHER — The M’s now lead 7-2 scoring one in the bottom of the seventh when Matt Tuiasosopo, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced from first to third on an overthrow by the pitcher and scored when Greg Halman beat out a two-out grounder to third.
Edward Parades now pitching in a game that has an official attendance of 6,168.
NOTHING FOR INDIANS IN THE SEVENTH — Manny Delcarman with a scoreless inning for the Mariners so it remains 6-2.
M’S GET ANOTHER — Backup catcher Steven Baron, in the game with Olivo out, led off the sixth with a double over the center fielder’s head, then came around to score on a ground out and a wild pitch, to make it 6-2 going to the seventh.
INDIANS GET NOTHING IN THE SIXTH — Royce Ring (whose nickname opportunities are just too numerous) gave up a hit and a walk to the Indians but got out of it without a run, so the M’s continue to lead 5-2 going to the bottom of the inning, though now with a lot of deep-roster guys in the lineup.
M’S GET ANOTHER IN THE FIFTH — A hit batter (Mike Wilson), an Ichiro walk, a force out by Figgins that moved Wilson to third and a sac fly by Guti got another run and made it 5-2.
And you know it’s spring training when roughly 25 Mariners leave the dugout and head to the clubhouse, their work done for the day. Lots of high-number guys in the game now.
INDIANS GET TWO IN THE FIFTH — Dan Cortes walked three, and a two-out Austin Kearns single that fell just in front of Gutierrez drove in one run as the Indians plated two to cut the lead 4-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth.
M’S DOWN IN THE FOURTH — No runs in the fourth, so the Mariners remain ahead 4-0 heading to the fifth.
OLIVO INJURY CLARIFIED — The Mariners just announced that Olivo suffered a strain of the left side of his groin. An MRI is scheduled and the team will know more after that. And I’ve probably been remiss not to note that Olivo was scoring on a sacrifice fly to center by Sean Kazmar, though he didn’t appear to be running full out at the time.
BEDARD FINAL LINE — He had four K’s and a walk in two innings, facing seven batters, with 34 pitches, 21 strikes.
M’S TAKE 4-0 LEAD — A Gutierrez double was the key hit in the inning as the Mariners got two more runs to take a 4-0 lead. But at the moment the buzz is mostly about Miguel Olivo. Still no word yet on that and there may not be until after the game.
Jamey Wright pitched a scoreless third for the Mariners and Chris Seddon is now on the mound.
MORE ON OLIVO, BEDARD — It’s 2-0 M’s in bottom third. Olivo was just taken off the field on a cart along with a Mariner trainer. Early speculation is of a hamstring type injury — he appeared to grab his leg before falling. But there is no official word yet. Obviously, however, it didn’t look great.
We also talked to Bedard and he was understandably happy with his outing, though also cautioning that it’s still early.
He said it wasn’t as good as last Sunday, when he got out of the first in nine pitches. But he said he threw a few of everything, and that every pitch felt well.
So far, no bumps in the road on Bedard’s return to the rotation, though still a ways to go.
OLIVO HURT — The Mariners scored a run in the bottom of the second on a sac fly. But catcher Miguel Olivo was helped off the field with an injury of some sort to his leg after falling awkwardly on the plate as he came in to score. Looked like maybe be tripped, or something gave out and that’s why he tripped. I’ll pass along more once we get it.
ANOTHER SCORELESS INNING FOR BEDARD — He walked the leadoff batter on a full count (Kearns) but then struck out Brown, got Duncan to ground into a 5-4 forceout, and then got Phillips to hit a soft liner to third.
I had Bedard for 34 pitches, striking out four, and not allowing anything to be hit hard. Still 1-0 M’s going to the second.
And we’re going to have to go talk to Bedard soon so could be a break in the blog.
M’S GET ONE IN THE FIRST — Ichiro doubled down the left-field line, moved to third on a Figgins bunt and scored on a Guti grounder to first to make it 1-0 heading to the second.
Bedard again on the mount though expected this will be it for him.
BEDARD STRIKES OUT SIDE IN FIRST — That couldn’t have been a better first inning as he struck out Carrera, Nix and Hannahan on 12 pitches.
Carrera worked the coiunt full before looking at strike three. Nix went down on three straight, fouling off the second pitch but looking at the other two. Hannahan then looked at two strikes and then swung meekly.
So far, that’s five strikeouts against six batters for Bedard this spring.
AND WE’RE OFF — Gametime temperature is 76 degrees.
PRE-GAME — Still about an hour away from the 12:05 (Seattle time) first pitch, but thought I’d get the game thread going with some news and notes.
First, the lineups:
Mike Wilson (RF)
Ezequiel Carrera, CF
Jayson Nix, 2B
Jack Hananahan, 3B
Austin Kearns, RF
Jordan Brown, DH
Shelley Duncan, 1B
Paul Phillips, C
Luis Valbuena, SS
Nick Weglarz, LF
Jeanmar Gomez, P
The Indians are doing the split-squad thing today, so that’s why there’s a lot of unfamiliar names in the lineup.
Bedard is expected to go two innings today for the M’s, and that is obviously the big story to see if he can back up the impressive one inning he had in the opener last Sunday, when he struck out two.
The M’s also announced that Jason Vargas will make his first spring start on Tuesday against the Giants in Peoria. And that means the M’s rotation is beginning to take some shape. Nate Robertson, who has also already gotten one start, will go on Sunday against the Giants in Scottsdale, and Felix Hernandez against the A’s Monday in Phoenix.
Monday looms as as real highlight day, as well, as Michael Pineda is listed behind Hernandez and will also throw.
Blake Beavan will also throw on Sunday and Luke French on Tuesday, the team has announced.
And in the bizarre stat category (and sadly overlooked by yours truly in the haste to get some in-game interviews done) there was not a single walk by either the M’s or the Reds yesterday. The Mariners have determined that that has never happened in a Mariner regular-season game, all 5,385 of them.
We’ll pick up the game thread once the action begins.