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March 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Mariners survive late rally, hang on to win 6-4

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The Mariners built up a huge lead heading into the ninth, but Scott Patterson gave up three runs and then watched Doug Deeds hit a ball to left with a runner on third and two out. But the fly ball was snagged and the Mariners hung on to defeat the Angels by a 6-4 count.
This game was actually scoreless until the seventh inning when Luis Rodriguez hit a leadoff double. Trayvon Robinson then bunted him over and the ball was thrown away at first base to open the scoring.
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Stefan Romero then hit an RBI single up the middle, Darren Ford added another one to right field and Johermyn Chavez hit a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead. The Angels got on the board in the bottom of the inning, but Vinnie Catricala provided the eventual margin of victory with a two-run homer to left field.
It was Catricala’s first home run in Cactus League play.
“He stays in his swing, he’s strong, he stays tall up there,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Catricala, the Class AA third baseman. “And if you make a mistake, we’ve seen him turn some baseballs around. I think that’s something that’s going to be a big part of his game.”
The Mariners started Kyle Seager at third today and he didn’t respond as well at the plate, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Seager did make a nice snag of a line drive to third base, helping Blake Beavan breeze through four scoreless innings.
Michael Saunders also helped Beavan out with a running catch in the right field corner. Saunders followed that up by going 2-for-3 at the plate with singles to both right and left field.
“You know what? He’s really swung the bat well this spring,” Wedge said. “I mean, literally night and day from what we’ve seen in the past. From what I’ve seen in the past. He’s up there. He’s a little more aggressive. He’s seeing the ball better, he’s striding to hit. Taking what they give him. And he’s seeing results.”


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Chone Figgins beat out an infield single for his first hit this spring, going 1-for-3 on the day with a strikeout. Jesus Montero also looked good at the plate with an infield single and a long drive off the right field wall that looked like it might go for a home run at first. Montero might have been thinking as much since he never made it beyond first base after the carom was well-played off the wall.
Wedge said the team is getting close to making some of its first cuts. The team will play a B-game tomorrow and then a split-squad affair on Saturday. After that, the M’s will be 10 days away from leaving for Japan and will begin cutting with some vigor. Not a whole lot of time to make decisions.
Wedge said Beavan pitched like he wasn’t afraid today and that was good. Beavan went into this game trying to use his fastball effectively, induce contact when he could and work off of that.
Beavan was pleased for the most part.
“I think that’s what everybody tries to work on in spring training,” he said of establishing his fastball. “You get ready for the season. Obviously, you want to get everybody out but what really matters in spring training is gtting the fastball where you want it, getting that location down and letting your other pitches play off of that.”
Beavan said his command needed a little work. Some of those plays made behind him today came on fastballs that were ripped by opposing hitters in counts that were favorable to Beavan.
“There were a couple of instances where I tried to go outside and left it over the middle where they did some damage,” he said.
Something he has to work on.
He won’t be the staff ace. Just a guy fighting for the fifth starter’s job. Today, he didn’t hurt his cause.

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