IT’S A FINAL — Angels got a double and a walk off Castro in the ninth. But he then struck out Brandon Wood swinging for the final out as the Mariners escaped 2-0. Seattle hasn’t lost swince last Sunday, going 6–0-1 this week.
ACKLEY WITH A RUN-SCORING DOUBLE IN THE NINTH — He scores Kazmar, who also doubled, as the Mariners now lead 2-0 with 12 hits.
LUEKE A 1-2-3 EIGHTH — So still 1-0 to the ninth.
M’S BLOW CHANCE TO BREAK IT OPEN — M’s loaded the bases, but Josh Wilson struck out to end the inning. Lueke on to try to keep the lead in the bottom of the eighth.
1-0 TO BOTTOM EIGHT — Had to go talk to Vargas, who said he felt better with his breaking ball today, though it’s still not where he wants it to be as he tries to make that a bigger part of his game.
BAUTISTA A 1-2-3 SIXTH — He struggled earlier in camp, but that’s his second straight solid outing as he gets a 5, strikeout of Abreu and 4-3 of Wells to leave it 1-0 to the top of seventh.
HAEGER DONE — His line is one inning, one walk, with Denny Bautista now on the mound.
M’S CAUGHT STEALING AGAIN — Tuiasosopo reached on a one-out single but after a Gross fly out, the inning ended when Tuiasosopo was caught stealing on a perfectly executed pitch out by the Angels.
Seattle has been caught stealing twice today and 11 times for the spring in 18 attempts.
MORE ODDITIES — The Mariners got out of the fifth on a double play on a pop fly to the second baseman. Pettitt was on first and went too far and got doubled off. Haeger was a little wild, walking Pettitt with one out. But got a ground out of Wood and the pop up from Trout to end the inning. 1-0 Seattle to the sixth.
HAEGER COMING IN FOR M’S — This could get fun as knuckleballer Charlie Haeger is now in for Vargas, making his first appearance of the spring after struggling with a stiff back. Haeger was with the Dodgers last year and was 0-4 in nine games, six starts, with an 8.40 ERA. M’s got nothing in the fifth so it remains 1-0.
VARGAS A 1-2-3 FOURTH — That’s likely it for him as he gets the Angels three up and three down in the fourth. He’s allowed no runs on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. 1-0 Seattle to the fifth.
M’S WASTE SAUNDERS’ TRIPLE — Saunders hit a two-out triple to right, but Santana struck out the side otherwise so it remains 1-0 going to bttom fourth, with Vargas out for what is likely one more inning.
ANGELS GET A ONE OUT SINGLE — But that’s it as Vargas has pitched three scoreless innings here, likely go to one more. M’s 1-0 to top of four.
INNING ENDS 1-0 — And it did so in rather bizarre fashion as Bradley tried to steal home with two outs, attempting to catch the Angels sleeping. As Conger threw the ball back to Santana, Bradley took off. But Santana was alert and threw back to Conger who tagged Bradley for the out (he actually looked safe from here, but no one argued). So 1-0 going to bottom three.
M’S TAKE 1-0 LEAD — Jack Wilson singled, stole second and came home on a Bradley double to make it 1-0 with two outs in third.
VARGAS TWO K’S IN THE SECOND — The Angels had two on with one out after two singles. But Vargas then struck out Wood and Pettitt to get out of it. 0-0 to the third.
M’S A HIT AND A WALK — But no runs in the second. After two were on with one out, Saunders struck out looking and Josh Wilson grounded out.
VARGAS HAS A 1-2-3 FIRST — Aybar a 5-3, Abreau an 8 and Wells a PF-2 (though one which proved a little tricky for Moore) has the game scoreless headed to the second.
M’S NOTHING IN FIRST — Wilson led off with a bloop single but Ryan struck out and Bradley hit into a 6-3 double play. Ryan now 3-20 on the spring.
PRE-GAME — We’re here at Tempe Diablo Stadium, now the home of the Angels, but where the Mariners trained from 1977-92, and where the Pilots also trained their two seasons (I remember well seeing the big rock on old baseball cards of the Pilots).
One bit of little news — with the Mariners off on Tuesday, Erik Bedard will pitch in a Minor League game to keep the rotation intact.
Now, for the lineups:
Jack Wilson, SS
Brendan Ryan, 2B
Milton Bradley, DH
Ryan Langerhans, RF
Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B
Gabe Gross, LF
Michael Saunders, CF
Josh Wilson, 3B
Adam Moore, C
Jason Vargas, P
Erick Aybar, SS
Bobby Abreau, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Mark Trumbo, 1B
Hank Conger, C
Brandon Wood, 3B
Chris Pettitt, LF
Mike Trout, DH
Ervin Santana, P