FINAL SCORE: Rockies 9, Mariners 8
MARINERS EIGHTH: The bats have suddenly gone quiet. The Mariners have had back to back three-up, three-down innings, still trail 9-8.
ROCKIES SIXTH: Ugly inning in what is becoming a wild game as Rockies score four, knocking out Brandon League, to take a 9-8 lead. League was hurt by a sun double misplayed by center fielder Jarrett Burgess, a minor leaguer who is finishing out the game.
MARINERS SIXTH: M’s get two more runs, with Kyle Seager adding a triple to his earlier double,and Carlos Peguero picking up his third hit of the day, an opposite-field RBI single that was scorched. Miguel Olivo also singled in a run. The Mariners have 15 hits so far, lead 8-5.
ROCKIES FIFTH: George Sherrill, who had been out with a respiratory illness since coming back from Japan, finally took the mound. He gave up two long fly-ball outs, issued a walk, then struck out Todd Helton. 6-5 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: Big inning for the Mariners, who score five runs to take a 6-5 lead. Seager and Saunders hit long doubles off the center-field wall for one run. Carlos Peguero had a two-run homer, and Munenori Kawasaki had an RBI triple, raising his spring average to .455. George Sherrill is coming in to pitch in bottom of sixth.
ROCKIES FOURTH: Tom Wilhelmsen comes into the game and gave up three run, but only one earned thanks to a double error by first baseman Alex Liddi on a grounder by Todd Helton. Liddi muffed the grounder, then made a bad throw to Wilhelmsen covering. The Mariners have four errors in the game and three wild pitches. Not their best effort. It’s 5-1 Colorado.
Erasmo Ramirez’s line: 3 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 er, 0 BB, 1 K
ROCKIES THIRD: Ramirez was lucky to get out of the inning with no runs after a one-out double by Fowler, who got to third when Michael Saunders misplayed the ball in center (the second outfield error in the game by Seattle). Carlos Gonzalez hit a shot, but right at shortstop Kawasaki, who doubled off Fowler. 2-1 Rockies.
MARINERS THIRD: Dustin Ackley and Michael Saunders, each of whom came down sick after Japan, each singled in the third, but were stranded at the corners.
ROCKIES SECOND: Ramirez bounces back from a rough first with a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeouts. 2-1 Rockies.
MARINERS SECOND: Casper Wells seems to be heating up. He sent a rocket off the wall in left-center for a double, scording Alex Liddi, who had walked, from first. It’s 2-1 Rockies.
ROCKIES FIRST: Colorado touched Erasmo Ramirez for three hits — all singles — and two runs.
MARINERS FIRST: Torrid Munenori Kawasaki, playing shortstop today, led off with an infield single, padding his .450 spring average. Dustin Ackley, playing his first game since leaving Japan, recovered from his bout with the flu, popped out, as did Kyle Seager. Miguel Olivo flew out.
This is my first time at Salt River Fields, which opened last year. It’s really a beautiful ballpark, with a lovely backdrop of hills and buttes visible beyond the outfield.
April 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM