Another Mariners intra-squad game has come and gone, this one won 7-3 by Team 2 after it fell behind 2-0 early on.
Plenty of extra-base hits today, beginning with the Franklin Gutierrez solo homer to left off Felix Hernandez at the very start of the game. That’s as many home runs as Gutierrez had all of last season.
Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer off Josh Kinney in the fifth. Vinnie Catricala hit a homer off Scott Patterson in the seventh, then later doubled off the top of the wall. We saw triples by Adam Moore and Munenori Kawasaki.
Chone Figgins went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while Ichiro had an RB single.
There were 24 hits total in the game, with eight of them going for extras.
“You look at the way a lot of these guys are coming back and came (here) in shape and looking to do some things,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of the offense. “Do what we want to see offensively. I’ve been very pleased.”
Wedge said Brendan Ryan should be OK after fouling a ball off his left foot. Ryan has been feeling better throwing-wise and Wedge plans to get him into some infield drills next week and hopefully an intra-squad game at shortstop before pre-season games begin Friday.
The power display late by Catricala came against pitchers who aren’t expected to make the club. But Wedge was pleased to see the Class AA prospect — who is being looked at as a third baseman early on in camp — showing off extra-base power he’s ben reputed to have.
“He’s been impressive swinging the bat,” Wedge said. “You like the ways he stands in there. There are a lot of things you like to see with regards to his approach to hitting.”