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April 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rockies, April 2

ONE LAST UPDATE AFTER MARINERS’ 7-2 WIN: Eric Wedge and trainer Rick Griffin both say Jesus Montero is OK after being beaned.
Wedge said it got him “on the fat part of the helmet,” which is a good thing.
He also said he’s not at all concerned with Felix Hernandez’s velocity, because his movement and command is so good, and he’s not far off his peak. “When he needs it, it will be there,” he said.
Sorry, folks, I was down in the Rockies clubhouse talking to Moyer. I’ll give some quotes after the game. Before I left, Jesus Montero was beaned on the helmet by Rockies pitcher Edgmer Escalona and removed for a pinch-runner. Scary incident. He left on his own power but appeared a little shaky. As he left, he glared and yelled at Escalona, a fellow Venezuelan. I’m sure those two have crossed paths in the past, but a visiting Venezuelan journalist doesn’t know of any bad blood. They live in towns about two hours apart. It’s 7-2 Mariners heading to the bottom of the eighth. The Mariners have 14 hits. This will probably be my final update, because I need to head down again to talk to the manager right after the game.
FELIX QUOTES: i missed a couple of innings to go down to the clubhouse to talk to Hernandez. He downplayed any concerns about his velocity, saying he felt good. And it’s hard to argue with the results.
“It’s spring training man. I’m fine,” he said.”I was trying to be like Jamie Moyer. Just kidding.”
He was a little amused that the pitch tracker on Game Day listed most of his pitches as changeup, even the ones at 90 mph.
“Really? Why changeups — because I was too slow?”
He said he threw all his pitches effectively, including his cutter, which he had struggled with in his previous spring outing.
“I was throwing a lot of strikes, trying to get my work in,” he said.
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Felix Hernandez is done. He worked four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (one of them a bunt single) with no walks and six strikeouts.
MARINERS FOURTH: An error by Rockies shortstop Jonathan Herrera (filling in for injured Troy Tulowitzki) opened the door for three unearned runs. They came via four straight singles with two outs (by Alex Liddi, Munenori Kawasaki, Chone Figgins and Brendan Ryan).
ROCKIES FOURTH: The Rockies had a leadoff bunt single by Dexter Fowler (who was probably out at first on a nice charging play by 3B Alex Liddi). But Hernandez got three ground outs to get out of the inning (with a balk thrown in). He peaked at 91 mph on a couple of pitches. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners got a run off Moyer on a two-out double by Ichiro off his former teammate, scording Munenori Kawasaki, who had led off the inning with a double. Chone Figgins is having a rough day (hold the wisecracks). After popping up a bunt his first at-bat, he was unable to get a bunt down and struck out looking. 1-0 Mariners.
ROCKIES THIRD: With all the new-found concern over Hernandez’s velocity, he’s getting results. He struck out the side and now has whiffed six of the 10 batters he has faced. And his fastball, which had been at 90 mph, kicked up to 91 a couple of times against Eric Young, the last batter he faced. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: With one out, Moyer hit Carlos Peguero on his shoulder, who neither rubbed it nor charged the mound. He did steal second, but Alex Liddi’s rocket to shortstop was converted to a double play when Peguero was caught off base. 0-0
ROCKIES SECOND: Wilin Rosario (whose first name reminds me of a great Little Feat song) led off with a double, but Hernandez got three outs with no further damage, including two strikeouts. However, his velocity readings so far have peaked at 90 mph, which is still somewhat of a concern. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Looks like vintage Moyer to me. He gave up a one-out double to Brendan Ryan (in his first game since the Japan trip), but Ichiro hit a routine fly to center, and after Justin Smoak walked, Jesus Montero grounded out to short. 0-0.
ROCKIES FIRST: Felix put the Rockies down in order and looked good doing it. He struck out Eric Young, looking, got Dexter Fowler on a weak grounder, and then got a nice fielding play by second baseman Munenori Kawasaki to retire Carlos Gonzalez.
I figure Felix Hernandez vs. Jamie Moyer warrants a game thread, even in the Cactus League.
If you missed it, here are the lineups (apparently, Colorado manager Jim Tracy just went around the field when filling out his batting order. That’s how my Little League coach used to do it, too):
Eric Young RF
Dexter Fowler CF
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Wilin Rosario C
Tyler Colvin 1B
Chris Nelson 2B
Jordan Pacheco 3B
Brendan Harris DH
Jonathan Herrera SS
Jamie Moyer LHP
Mariners
Chone Figgins LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Ichiro RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero C
Casper Wells CF
Carlos Peguero DH
Alex Liddi 3B
Munenori Kawasaki 2B
Felix Hernandez RHP

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