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February 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Game thread: Mariners “at” the Padres – round two


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It’s game thread No. 2 for me. This is a work in progress. I tried to read some of the comments from the first one to gauge reaction. If there is a lapse in updates, it’s probably because I’m probably in the clubhouse talking with a player.

I do have to provide updates via Twitter. The powers that be like that sort of thing. It doesn’t take precedent. It’s just a little easier in 140 character bursts.

A quick note, I have to do a radio hit at KJR as well, so there might be a brief pause.

Other than that … If you have a complaint, a suggestion, a question or a concern, the best way to get me to address it is to shoot me an email at I will admit that trying to wade through the comments can be difficult.

But I appreciate any and all feedback.

Here’s the link to the MLB game cast.  The game is broadcast on 710-AM and

First inning

The Padres committed their fifth error in 10 innings. Shortstop Ryan Jackson had poor throw to first base to pull Xavier Nady off the bag on Endy Chavez’s ground ball. Nick Franklin followed with a single up the middle. The two runners moved up a base on a wild pitch from Andrew Cashner, giving Seattle runners on second and third with no outs. But they stayed there, Cashner came back to strike out Ty Kelly and then Corey Hart (on a 97 mph fastball). Jesus Montero ended the inning, grounding slowly to shortstop.

James Paxton worked a smooth 1-2-3 inning with a soft pop up to right and a pair of ground ball outs. His fastball hit 94 mph in the inning.

Second inning

Cashner looked sharp in the second inning, getting a pair of ground outs to second sandwiched around a soft pop up to right from Stefen Romero. Cashner threw 32 pitches with 18 strikes.

Paxton works 1-2-3 bottom half of the second. He got a little help from his defense. Willie Bloomquist made tough play on Kyle Blanks hard grounder to third, he came up and made a long throw to first with Jesus Montero making a decent stretch on the play to get the out. Ramon Ramirez will pitch the third for the Mariners.

Third inning

The Mariners grabbed a 1-0 lead as Nick Franklin jumped on an 89 mph fastball from Tim Stauffer and pulled it over the wall in right field. Franklin’s first two homers last season – in the same game – came off of Cashner and Stauffer.

Ramon Ramirez’s first inning pitched of this spring was eventful. He gave up a lead-off double to Ryan Jackson, then wild pitched him to third. He followed that with a walk of Cory Spangenberg. With runners on the corners, Ramirez tried to keep Spangenberg close at first. But his pick off throw to first was low and in the dirt and couldn’t be handled by Jesus Montero. It allowed the run to score. Would Smoak have fielded that ball? Probably. But some mistakes to Montero are to be expected. Ramirez worked out of the inning with a ground ball out and a strikeout of Seth Smith. Nick Hill will pitch the fourth inning for the Mariners.

Fourth inning

The Mariners grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of fourth. Corey Hart drew a lead-off walk off of Joseph Ross. Michael Saunders followed with a double to left-center. Stefen Romero scored Hart on a ground ball to short stop.

Nick Hill worked a 1-2-3 inning for the M’s. He’s a good story. A few years ago, Hill had some potential as a lefty specialist but two years worth of injuries hindered that progress. He’s now healthy and it’s good to see him back pitching.

Fifth inning

Endy Chavez had a one-out single and stole second off of Joaquin Benoit, but he was stranded there after Nick Franklin struck out and Ty Kelly grounded out.

Yoervis Medina works a 1-2-3 inning and looked sharp. Charlie Furbush will pitch the sixth inning. Mariners lead 2-1.

Sixth inning

The Mariners broke the game open, scoring five runs off of Padres reliever Leonel Campos. Xavier Avery and Jesus Sucre had RBI singles, while Nate Tenbrink blasted a two-run homer to right-center. Mariners lead 7-1.

Furbush gave up a lead-off single, but worked out of the inning without any damage. Zach Miner will pitch the seventh inning.

Seventh inning

Ji-Man Choi had a two-out single, but the M’s come away scoreless.

(Singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame)

Zach Miner works a 1-2-3 inning, getting a nice play from Choi at first base on a ground ball deep, behind the bag. Carson Smith will pitch the eighth for the M’s.

Eighth inning

The Mariners tacked on three more runs as James Jones ripped a three-run homer to left-center off of right-hander Joe Wieland. The ball got a little help from the wind. But Jones hit it hard and it was more of a line drive than towering fly ball. Ji-Man Choi, who almost killed me and Greg Johns in the press box with a foul ball, adds a hard single up the middle to score another run. Mariners lead 11-1.

Carson Smith  gives up a single, but strikes out the side. He looked pretty sharp.

Ninth inning

James Jones big day continued as he singled home Nate Tenbrink, who reached on a double

Dominic Leone pitches a scoreless ninth. His first fastball hit 97 mph.

Mariners prevail 12-1.



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