A FEW POST-GAME NOTES — A few quick post-game notes as the Mariners beat the Giants 1-0 today, allowing just four hits, three singles and a double (here’s the box score):
— Wedge on the pitching today: “Everybody threw well today. It was good to see. For the most part they did a good job with the fastball in the zone and the secondary stuff was good. You like to see that, especially early in camp and running some different people out there.”
— Wedge on starter Jason Vargas: “He was very good. Obviously his first time out there, but three innings under control, it’s what we’ve been seeing all spring and he just took it out there to the game.”
— Wedge on playing Milton Bradley in center in the B game today: “It’s important to get him out there a couple of times just in case we need him out there.”
— Wedge on the offense: “Again, it’s early in camp and it’s tough to judge. You take it more on an individual case-by-case basis here early in camp when it comes to the pitching and the hitting. Obviously it’s more situational with different areas of your club, different parts of your game. We’ll take it on a case-by-case basis, a lot of guys that are working on certain things, some guys are struggling on certain things, some guys are looking to find it, so that’s why we have spring training.”
— Wedge said it’s the time of spring when meetings begin to be held to discuss cutting the roster (Seattle has 64 players in its Major League camp) but there have been no cuts yet.
— He also said there is still no ETA on a return for David Aardsma.
IT’S A FINAL — M’s hold on to win 1-0, allowing just four hits. They got just three, but the Langerhans triple in the fourth to drive in Smoak was the key.
M’s now 5-4-1 on the spring.
NOTHING FOR M’S IN EIGHTH — So 1-0 to the top of the ninth.
DELCARMEN SOLID — Delcarmen with a 1-2-3 inning to send it to the bottom of the eighth with Seattle ahead 1-0.
M’S NOTHING IN SEVENTH — So still 1-0 Giants heading to the eighth. Manny Delcarmen now on the mound and Josh Bard now catching.
ROBLES WALKS TIGHT ROPE —- Mauricio Robles gave up a double and walked two to load the bases of Giants in the seventh, then struck out Ryan Rohlinger swinging to get out of the jam, allowing the M’s to keep a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.
TWO MORE GOOSE EGGS IN THE SIXTH — Nothing for either team in the sixth at Tom Wilhelmsen shut the Giants down 1-2-3 with two strikeouts in the top of the sixth. Still 1-0 Seattle going to the seventh.
STILL 1-0 M’S GOING TO THE SIXTH — Seattle has two hits, Giants three, in what is an inoffensive game so far on a clear and pretty still day.
VARGAS HAPPY WITH HIS DAY — Vargas had 28 strikes on 45 pitches, giving up two hits and a walk, and striking out one, shutting out the Giants in three innings.
And afterward he said he was happy with his day.
“Productive,” he said of how he’d assess his game. “I mean, you’re looking to be around the strike zone and get ahead early and not be all over the place, so I was happy with it. … I found the strike zone and they were swinging so I got some balls put in play early.”
Vargas has been working on a curve this spring but said he didn’t throw one today, sticking with his fastball, changeup and cutter in his first spring start.
“It feels like forever (since he last pitched),” he said. “But it really wasn’t that long, so just nice to get out there and play a real game.”
He said the plan was to pitch three innings, and that’s what he did. He’ll apparently start again on Sunday against the Angels in Tempe.
And it’s still 1-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth.
FOURTH ENDS WITH M’S UP 1-0 — The Mariners couldn’t plate any more runs so it’s a 1-0 game heading to the fifth.
M’S GET ONE IN FOURTH — A Langerhans triple off the CF wall scored Smoak, who walked, to put the M’s up 1-0. SF starter Vogelson is now out having gone 3.2 innings with Langerhans still on third.
VARGAS DONE — Still no score as Mariners got nothing after having two on and one out. Vargas is done and Jamey Wright now in.
GIANTS DOWN AGAIN IN THIRD — Vargas gave up a two-out bunt single to Darren Ford. But Ford was then picked off 1-3-6. Still 0-0, and Vargas could be done for the day in his first start of the spring.
M’S NOTHING IN SECOND — Saunders got a two out walk but was thrown out stealing so still 0-0 heading to the third.
CUST THROWS BAT 100 FEET — What most may remember about this game is the bat flying out of Jack Cust’s hands way down the right field line and into the stands. Looked like no one was hurt. Cust swung and missed at a 3-2 pitch on the play. Then with a new bat he swung and struck out, leading off the bottom of the second.
VARGAS LOOKING GOOD SO FAR —- He gave up a walk to start the inning but then got a double play from Neal and struck out Fontenot to end the inning. Still 0-0.
M’S GO 1-2-3 — Wilson and Ryan flew to center and Smoak popped to short, so 0-0 to the second.
VARGAS GIVES UP A SINGLE — But nothing more in the top of the first. Huff got a two-out single but that was it. 66 degrees at first pitch.
GOOD STUFF FROM STONE ON FELIX — Hope you saw his blog entry earlier today on Felix Hernandez.
GAME ON — This game has begun.
Here is Seattle’s lineup:
Josh Wilson, SS
Brendan Ryan, 2B
Justin Smoak, 1B
Jack Cust, LF
Ryan Langerhans, CF
Michael Saunders, DH
Gabe Gross, RF
Matt Mangini, 3B
Adam Moore, C
Jason Vargas, P
Here’s the Giants:
Darren Ford, CF
Miguel Tejada, SS
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Nate Schierholtz, RF
Thomas Neal, LF
Mike Fontenot, 2B
Ryan Rohlinger, 3B
Eli Whiteside, DH
Ryan Vogelsong, RHP