GAME OVER — Lucas Luetge, making a strong bid to make the team as a lefty reliever, got the final three outs with ease, including two strikeouts, as Seattle won 8-1. M’s now 12-7-1 on the spring.
TOP NINE — M’s got two more on a Montero walk, a Seager double (his third of the day) a Liddi single and a Catricala sac fly. Now 8-1 to the bottom of nine.
BOTTOM EIGHT — Iwakuma some help from countryman Kawasaki who nicely begins a 5-4-3 twin-killing to get him out of the 8th. Iwakuma gave up a double and a single to put runners on first and third before the double play to end it. M’s still up 6-1.
TOP EIGHT — The Mariners tacked on three more in the eighth. After loading the bases against Texerira, Peguero hit the first pitch from Andrew Brackman into right field to drive in two and make it 5-1. Kawasaki then hit a liner to third base that glanced off the glove and was called a hit, scoring another to make it 6-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth.
BOTTOM SEVEN — A good inning for Iwakuma, who allowed a leadoff single to Willie Harris but got the next three outs. It remains 3-1 Seattle heading to the top of eight.
TOP SEVEN — M’s got walks by Wells and Rodriguez but nothing else, so it remains 3-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh.
BOTTOM SIX — Iwakuma gave up two singles, to lead off and with two outs, but got out of the inning without giving up a run so it remains 3-1. Former Mariner Kanekoa Texeira now on for the Reds.
TOP SIX — Liddi doubled with two outs, but that was it for the Mariners who continue to lead 3-1. Iwakuma now on the mound after Millwood’s five strong innings.
BOTTOM FIFTH — Another good outing for Millwood, who gave up a single to center by Ludwick, but got the other three out. Millwood is now likely done after this inning having allowed one run on four hits in five innings.
TOP FIFTH — The Mariners busted out for three runs, two coming on a really long (which will have to do since we don’t get distances in the spring) home run to right field off Francis that scored Catricala, who had singled. Kawasaki then singled and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error by the pitcher and then scored on a Rodriguez sacrifice fly. So it’s now 3-1 Mariners.
BOTTOM FOUR — Reds got a run on a leadoff single by Phillips and then a double by Cozart that bounced oddly off the wall down left field and allowed Phillips to score. But Millwood settled down from there to get the next three outs, leaving the score at 1-0 entering the fifth.
Millwood may be done with Hisashi Iwakuma scheduled to come in next.
TOP FOUR — Three up, three down for M’s in the fourth, including a swinging strike out by Liddi for the third out. Millwood back on the mound for the fourth.
BOTTOM THREE — Millwood two more strikeouts and eight in a row retired and three shutout innings. 0-0 Reds-M’s headed to the fourth. Conventional wisdom has had it that the M’s would find a way to keep Millwood and a performance like this only helps his case.
TOP THREE — Rodriguez got a two-out single, but that was it as the Mariners against went down with relative ease against Jeff Francis. Still 0-0 to bottom three.
BOTTOM SECOND —- Three up, three down — including strikeouts of Rolen and Bruce — and five in a row retired by Millwood who seems intent on earning a spot in the rotation. Still 0-0 to the third.
TOP SECOND — Seagar, continuing a recent hot trend, led off with a scorching double down the right field line. But that was it for the M’s as the next three went down in order. Still 0-0 to bottom second.
BOTTOM FIRST — Millwood faced just three batters, getting some help from Montero along the way as Montero gunned down Phillips 2-6 after he had led off with a single. That was followed by flyouts by Cozart and Votto to end the inning.
TOP FIRST — Kawasaki reached on a bunt down third base that nicely settled about 20 feet away from the plate, then Rodriguez blooped one into left-center for another hit. But the rally ended there as Carp grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and Montero struck out.
PRE-GAME — Due to having to do some other stuff today and some cramped quarters in the press box, postings on here may be a little intermittent — but we’ll pass along news as we can.
You can follow along on the team’s official site.
Here’s Seattle’s lineup:
Munenori Kawasaki, SS
Luis Rodriguez, 2B
Mike Carp, LF
Jesus Montero, C
Kyle Seager, 3B
Alex Liddi, 1B
Vinnie Catricala, DH
Carlos Peguero, RF
Casper Wells, CF
Kevin Millwood, RHP
And here’s Cincy’s:
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Zack Cozart, SS
Joey Votto, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Jay Bruce, RF
Ryan Ludwick, LF
Drew Stubbs, CF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jeff Francis, P
(The Reds are not using a DH while the Mariners are, to further illustrate the vagaries of spring training).