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February 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Game thread: Mariners vs. Padres in the Cactus League opener

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Once again, here are the line-ups for today’s Cactus League match-up between the Mariners and Padres. According to MLB, these teams are natural rivals. And you throw out the records when natural rivals meet. But if both teams are 0-0, then what do you do?

Here’s the link for gamecast  … Also a reminder, the radio broadcast is live at 710-AM and being streamed on

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First inning 

My cousin Erasmo Ramirez works his way through the first inning. He got two quick ground ball outs, gave up a single to Yonder Alonzo and then got Jedd Gyorko to ground out to Robinson Cano to end the inning.

The Mariners grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With Kyle Seager on first base via a fielder’s choice, Robinson Cano stepped up and lined the first pitch he saw from Eric Stults into center field for a sharp single. Seager went from first to third and then scored on Logan Morrison’s sacrifice fly to center. The lead got pushed to 2-0 when Justin Smoak – batting right-handed – lined a double into right-center to score Cano from first. I put his running effort at about 83 percent. That’s sarcasm …


(more sarcasm)

Second inning

Cousin Erasmo gives up a lead-off single to Xavier Nady, but then coaxed a soft chopper to first base. Smoak gloved it, tagged first and fired to second to Brad Miller, who easily tagged out Nady for the double play. Ramirez then struck out Kyle Blanks to end the inning and his day.

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the second with Dustin Ackley ripping a lead-off, ground rule double to center. He moved over to third on Brad Miller’s fly to center and scored on Mike Zunino’s deep sac fly to center.

Third inning

Blake Beavan worked himself into a little trouble, walking Cameron Maybin with two outs and giving up a single to Alexi Amarista. But he struck out Xavier Nady to the end the inning.

In the bottom half of the inning, Cano drew a one-out walk – something we might see often this year. Logan Morrison followed with a “single” on a pop up that leftfielder Alex Dickerson lost in the sun. Smoak then hit into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning.

Fourth inning 

I was in the clubhouse for some of that talking to Mr. Cano, but Blake Beavan retired the side in order with three ground balls. The Mariners also went down in order.

Fifth inning

Reliever Logan Kensing survives a two-out single to Rene Rivera (remember him?) by striking out Cameron Maybin looking.

Abraham Almonte had a nice little sequence in the bottom of the inning. He drew a one-out walk, stole second and on the attempt Rivera fired the ball into center allowing Almonte to get to third. The Mariners couldn’t capitalize. Still it’s something that Almonte can do if he’s reaches base.

Sixth inning

Mariners score three runs in the inning as the reserves all get into the action. Xavier Avery and Humbero Quintero come up with a couple of RBI singles, while Chris Taylor scored on a throwing error.

Mariners lead 6-0

Seventh inning

Tom Wilhelmsen worked a scoreless top half of the inning. He touched 97 mph with his fastball according to pitch F/X

The Mariners tacked on another run as Burt Reynolds – the cousin of Cano, not the guy who played the Bandit –  ripped a double to left field allowing Carlos Triunfel, who led off the inning with a single, to score from first.

Mariners 7, Padres 0

Eighth inning

The Padres got on the board. Rico Noel led off with a double off of Joe Beimel and later scored on a fielder’s choice.

Mariners lead 7-1

And it’s a final. Mariners win 7-1 … They had 10 hits and no errors. Padres had five hits and four errors.



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