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March 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Erasmo Ramirez leads parade of young arms in Mariners split-squad nightcap

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The Mariners have dominated a pretty good Arizona lineup with their young pitching tonight and take a 7-1 lead into the ninth inning. It all began with Erasmo Ramirez throwing 28 pitches — 23 for strikes — over three scoreless frames. Danny Hultzen kicked in two more and Taijuan Walker simply overpowered Arizona in the sixth with two strikeouts on MLB veterans Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald.
Arizona’s only run came when James Paxton walked the first two batters he faced and then saw them advance a base each on a flyout. Paxton got a strikeout after that and was nearly out of the jam before uncorking a wild pitch that brought the run home.
He got a strikeout to end the inning after that, then pitched a scoreless inning after that and wound up with four strikeouts on the night.
So, yeah, a rather overpowering performance by the kids.
Mike Carp reached base his first four times up tonight. Jesus Montero has three RBI, as does Munenori Kawasaki.


6:38 p.m.: The second part of this Mariners marathon continues tonight with a split-squad game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. We’ll see Erasmo Ramirez start things off, but also Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton.
Seattle opened the scoring in the first inning when Jesus Montero doubled to deep center field off Ian Kennedy, bringing home a pair of runs. Then, after a nice 5-4-3 double play turned by third baseman Vinnie Catricala, second baseman Munenori Kawasaki and a stretching Mike Carp at first base ended the bottom of the first, Kawasaki singled home a pair in the second to make it 4-0.
Kawasaki was nabbed taking too wide a turn at first base. The team has to get this baserunning thing figured out because it’s been attrocious this spring. But the bats are alive and well once again tonight.
Erasmo Ramirez gave up a single off his glove in the first and is now back out there in the bottom of the second.
As usual, tune in here and to my @gbakermariners Twitter feed.
The lineups:
MARINERS
2B Munenori Kawasaki
SS Brendan Ryan
1B Mike Carp
C Jesus Montero
3B Vinnie Catricala
RF Mike Wilson
DH Luis Jimenez
LF Joehermyn Chavez
CF Daren Ford
RHP Erasmo Ramirez
DIAMONDBACKS
SS Willie Bloomquist
DH Gerardo Parra
C Miguel Montero
CF Chris Young
LF Jason Kubel
1B Lyle Overbay
3B Geoff Blum
2B John McDonald
RHP Ian Kennedy

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