IT’S A FINAL — M’s hold on to win 10-5, their fourth win in a row, improving to 7-4-1 on the spring. Liddi’s grand slam the offensive highlight, Bedard with three good innings to start the pitching highlight. Langerhans 2-3 with double and a run scored also continues his good spring.
TUI DOUBLE BUT NOTHING MORE FOR M’S IN EIGHTH — Looked like the Angels RF got a bad jump on the ball and might have caught it normally. But it counts as a double. The M’s, however, got nothing else so the lead is 10-5.
NO REPEAT FOR LIDDI — He struck out looking to start the eighth after a grand slam in his first at-bat. Game grinding to a close now with maybe half the announced crowd still left.
ATTENDANCE TODAY — Is 4,748.
NOTHING FOR M’S IN SEVENTH — Liddi will be first up in bottom of eighth though first, M’s try to get through the top. M’s still lead 10-4. Justin Miller now throwing for M’s.
BAUTISTA PITCHES A SCORELESS INNING — He gave up a single but nothing more in a solid top of the seventh as Seattle continues to lead 10-4, going for its fourth win in a row.
M’S NOTHING IN THE SIXTH — After getting seven in the fifth they get nothing in the sixth other than a Chavez double. Ackley struck out looking to end the inning.
ANGELS GET NOTHING IN SIXTH — So still 10-4 going to the bottom of six. Laffey with a scoreless inning there.
LIDDI HITS GRAND SLAM FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY — Alex Liddi just hit a grand slam for the second straight day to blow this one open and make it 10-4. This one came off of Ryan Chaffee. Seattle scored six unearned runs in the inning due to two errors. But Liddi’s blow was most definitely legit as he crushed it to left-center. Liddi is a 3B who seems set for AAA Tacoma this year, probably.
ANGELS RETAKE LEAD — Willits singled and Bourjos doubled him home to put the Angels up 4-3 heading to the bottom of the fifth. Bourjos was thrown out at third trying to make it a triple, which helped kill the uprising.
BEDARD QUOTE — He said after the game that “today wasn’t as good as the other one. I had a little command inconsistency. But that’s what spring training is for.” But he said that his arm feels good. “Results are second, arm is first. If it feels good it’s positive,” he said.
WILSON DOUBLE LEADS TO A RUN — Jack Wilson, now batting .467 for the spring, doubled to lead off the second and scored with two outs on an Ichiro single to tie the game at 3-3 heading to the fifth. Starting to be some changes here, including Liddi at third and Rodriguez at short
BEDARD SAYS COMMAND NOT AS GOOD — Bedard just met the media and said his command wasn’t as good as previous outings but that he’s healthy, which remains the best news. We’ll have more from Bedard later.
ANGELS TOUCH LEUKE FOR TWO — Pettit drew a leadoff walk, then scored on a double to the right-center wall by Conger to tie the game. Conger went to third on the throw and scored on a ground out to put the Angels up 3-2 heading to the bottom of four. Andrew Taylor now on for the Angels.
2-1 TO THE FOURTH — Langerhans struck out swinging and Gross grounded out to end the threat so it’s 2-1 M’s to the fourth with Leuke still on the hill.
ANGELS STARTER PALMER OUT — He walked Bradley and Smoak with one out in the third and has reached his pitch limit and is now out with Matt Meyer now in.
MORE BEDARD — According to the gametracker speed ratings, his fastball was in the 91-92 range. And he now has a 1.59 ERA for the spring.
M’S GET OUT OF IT LEADING 2-1 — Final line for Bedard 2.2 innings, three hits, one earned run, one walk, 2K’s, 55 pitches, 32 strikes.
BEDARD OUT — He came back to strike out Trout looking and then was removed having throwing 55 pitches, 32 for strikes. He leaves with a 2-1 lead, a man on first, and two outs. Lueke now in.
BEDARD GIVES UP FIRST RUN — A double by Velasquez and then an infield single bringing him home by Bourjos has cut the lead to 2-1. Bedard still out there with one out and one on.
NO MORE FOR M’S IN SECOND — So 2-0 to the third and Bedard back out on the mound with 41 pitches so far.
GROSS GIVES SEATTLE 2-0 LEAD — Gross just hit a long shoht over the right field wall for a two-run homer scoring Langerhans, who had doubled off the center field wall. Seattle up 2-0 and no outs here in the top of second. Langerhans now hitting .357 for the spring.
BEDARD GIVES UP A HIT — A bloop single by Pettit was the first allowed by Bedard this spring. But he got the next three outs, including a strikeout looking of Jacobo, to emerge unscathed. He has thrown 41 pitches, 24 strikes, through two innings.
SMOAK’S STRUGGLES CONTINUE — He struck out to end the first, his seventh K of the spring in 18 at-bats. He also has just two hits, hitting now .111. Seatle had two hits in the inning but Ichiro was picked off first after at least the third pickoff attempt by Angels picther Matt Palmer. So 0-0 to the second.
INTERESTING PINEDA NEWS — We were just told that the Mariners have amended Pineda’s dimensions from 6-5, 245 to 6-7, 260.
BEDARD GIVES UP A TWO-OUT WALK — But nothing more in the first. He got Willits on fly to right, Bourjos on a grounder to first, walked Trout, then got Wood to fly out to right.
HAEGER SET TO MAKE DEBUT — Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, who has been slowed with a bad back, is scheduled for his first appearance in Sunday’s game against the Angels.
Game time temperature is 72 degrees as the game begins at 1:05 local time (the time changes in Seattle this weekend so the times here and at home will be equal next week).
PRE-GAME — A slight wind blowing right-to-left, but down from what it’s been here most of the last few days as the Mariners get set to face a split-squad Angels team.
Here are the lineups:
Chone Figgins, 3B
Milton Bradley, LF
Justin Smoak, 1B
Ryan Langerhans, CF
Gabe Gross, RF
Jack Wilson, 2B
Brendan Ryan, SS
Adam Moore, C
Erik Bedard, P
Other pitchers who may go today are Denny Bautista, Justin Miller, Fabio Castro, Chris Smith, Jose Flores, Josh Lueke and Aaron Laffey.
Reggie Willits, RF
Peter Bourjos, CF
Mike Trout, DH
Brandon Wood, 3B
Chris Petit, LF
Hang Conger, C
Gabe Jacobo, 1B
Andrew Romine, SS
Gil Velasquez, 2B
Matt Palmer, P