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March 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Mariners lose to Dodgers, 3-2: No homers for first time in spring


It’s over — the Mariners fall 3-2 to the Dodgers despite out-hitting them 11-7. The M’s scored all their runs in the second. It held up until Alex Castellano’s two-run homer off  Yoervis Medina in the seventh put the Dodgers on top.

DODGERS SEVENTH They take a 3-2 lead on a two-run homer from Alex Castellanos off Yoervis Medina.

DODGERS FOURTH: A strong inning for rookie lefty Anthony Fernandez, who struck out a couple of pretty fair hitters, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, then got a fly out from Jerry Hairston Jr. 2-1 Mariners.

STEFEN ROMERO UPDATE: What a roller coaster two days for Romero. On Thursday, he had two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs against the Royals. And yesterday, in his  first at-bat in a game eventually rained out, he injured his oblique while making a swing against the A’s.

It’s so surreal,” he said. “You’re going from cloud nine to just the bottom.”

Romero said he has been told to rest the injury, but it doesn’t appear he’ll be playing any time soon.

“I’ll take it week by week, see how it feels,” he said. “It just feels a little sore. I’m moving around fine, walking around, not in any pain. I’ll just take it week by week and rest.”

Romero understands the need for caution.

“You don’t want to rush these things, because it’s so vital, especially in a baseball player,” he  said. “You produce so much torque, hitting, throwing, running. It’s a muscle you use constantly as a baseball player. You want to rest it. You don’t want to rush it too soon, because if it happens again, you’re back at ground zero. Just rest.”

MARINERS FOURTH: A leadoff single by Jesus Sucre but that’s it. The Mariners have seven hits but have stranded five. 2-1  Mariners.

DODGERS THIRD: After the Mariners left two on base in the top of the inning, Garland gave up a leadoff hit but got out of the inning on a double-play ball from Mark Ellis. Garland has given up two hits and a run through three, while the Mariners have six hits and two runs. 2-1 Mariners.

MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners get two runs on four straight singles with one out, by Ackley, Sucre, Ryan and Gutierrez, the last one driving in both runs. But Seager hit into an inning-ending double play. 2-0 Mariners.

DODGERS FIRST: Garland puts the Dodgers down in order, getting Matt Kemp to line out to left for the third out.

MARINERS FIRST: They got the first two aboard on a single by Franklin Gutierrez and a walk to Kyle Seager, but Kendrys Morales

Sorry for the late posting, but the B game in Peoria slowed me up enough to hit all the game traffic in Glendale. It’s Jon Garland vs. Aaron Harang under partly cloudy skies. No rainout today.

The Mariners won the six-inning B  game 6-3, with Jason Bay hitting a three-run homer in the first, and Jesus Montero getting a rare triple. He has six in his pro career, none in the major leagues. It came on a drive off the wall in right-center that bounded away from the fielders. Joe Saunders worked 2 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, three runs (two earned) with no walks or strikeouts.

Here’s Montero on his triple:

“I was thinking three all the time. I was having fun running the bases. I haven’t hit a triple for three or four years. Everyone was laughing.

“It had to happen like it happened today. It had to hit the wall, or someone fall down, so I could get a triple. I never stopped running when I saw the ball drop into the middle of center field. Just run and see what happens. I was really happy to hit the triple. It’s like a dream for me.”

The triple gave Montero a chance to work on the running form he worked to improve over the winter.

“I just want to get my knees a little higher, try to get quicker. I know, everyone knows, I’m slow, but I try hard to be a little faster.”

Montero on Saunders: “He was throwing really good. He worked on some things, working both sides of the plate. This is a practice game, the time to work on some things. I know in the season it’s going to be different.”



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