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March 30, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, March 30

Mariners fall 8-1, with just three hits. A forgettable end to spring training.
Mariners eighth: M’s finally get on the board on Michael Saunders’ homer to right on a full-count pitch from Steven Ames, who is from Vancouver, Wa., and attended Gonzaga. 8-1 Dodgers
Mariners sixth: The Dodgers have to be ecstatic with 22-year-old Rubby De La Rosa, who blanked the Mariners on two hites over 5 2/3 innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. Of course, it IS the Mariners’ offense. His replacement, Randy Keisler, yielded nine straight foul balls to Ichiro before striking him out — Ichiro’s third whiff of the night. 8-0 Dodgers.
Dodgers fifth: A rough inning for Tom Wilhelmsen, who gives up three hits, including a three-run homer by Dodger minor-leaguer Corey Smith. He also threw a wild pitch. 8-0 Dodgers.
Mariners fifth: (sorry, I had some writing to do): The rookie Rubby De La Rosa has blanked the Mariners on two hits through five — singles by Brendan Ryan and Ryan Langerhans. Meanwhile, Tom Wilhelmsen is taking over for Bedard in the bottom of the fifth. Bedard worked four innings, giving up six hits (including a home run to Marcus Thames) and five runs, all earned. He walked one and struck out four. It’s 5-0 Dodgers.
Dodger second: Bedard comes back with a nice, strong 1-2-3 inning, so everyone can relax. 3-0 Dodgers.
Mariner second: Tuck away the name Rubby De La Rosa. He’s a top Dodger pitching prospect, and though he’s not going to make the team, he’ll likely be up at some point. He’s started out by striking out four of the six Mariners he’s faced, including the side in the second.
Dodger first: Bedard had given up just two earned runs in four previous exhibition starts against major leaguers. He gave up three in the first inning tonight, on four hits. The hardest-hit was a double by Andre Ethier to right-center that just eluded Ichiro’s back-hand stab. The final two runs came home on a two-out blooper to center by James Loney.
Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Ryan Langerhans CF
Brendan Ryan SS
Jack Wilson 2B
Adam Moore C
Erik Bedard LHP
Rafael Furcal SS
Jamey Carroll 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Matt Kemp CF
Juan Uribe 3B
James Loney 1B
Marcus Thames LF
Hecter Gimenez C
Rubby De La Rosa P
That’s “Rubby,” pronounced “Ruby” in case you were wondering (I was). Did I mention it was a beautiful night for baseball? This is the final exhibition game before the Mariners kick it off for real on Friday. Here are the pitching matchups for the Oakland series: Felix Hernandez vs. Trevor Cahill on Friday, Jason Vargas vs. Brett Anderson on Saturday, Doug Fister vs. Gio Gonzalez on Sunday.

Tonight, Erik Bedard makes the final start of what for him has been a spectacular spring. His 1.13 ERA in five starts is only part of it. The bigger news, of course, is that he’s stayed healthy and appears, at least for now. to have put those three shoulder surgeries behind him. As Eric Wedge said earlier tonight, Bedard’s performance is the most positive surprise of the spring.
Wedge said he’d leave the starters in the lineup for two or three at-bats “unless they’re persuasive enought that they want more.”

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