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March 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Cactus League game #4: Mariners at Indians

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Got the game thread up a little earlier today since we had to get to Goodyear a little early. With the Nascar race going on down the road in Avondale, there was a concern about traffic.

Here’s the pitching probables.

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Old friend Aaron Harang will get the start for the Indians. This is his second spring appearance. He’s trying to win a spot in the rotation. Former phenom Trevor Bauer will pitch two innings after Harang. We will also see former UW pitcher Nick Hagadone.

Here’s the link to the MLB game cast. And also the game will be broadcast live on ESPN 710 and

First inning

Abraham Almonte led off with a double to right field. He advanced to third on Nick Franklin’s fly ball to right field. Robinson Cano scored him with a groundball to second base. The Indians started Carlos Santana at third base for the first time this season. The catcher/first baseman/designated hitter is trying out the position. Corey Hart bounced a ball to him and Santana threw high to first and Hart ducked under the tag from Nick Swisher. Michael Saunders popped up to end the inning.

Randy Wolf gets flyball outs from Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher, walks Jason Kipnis and then gets Carlos Santana to fly out to center. The radar gun doesn’t seem to working here at the ballpark in Goodyear. They also don’t have pitch F/X here.

Second inning

Aaron Harang works a 1-2-3 inning and is done for the day.

Randy Wolf gives up a lead-off single to Michael Brantley, but managed to retired the next three batters, including a strikeout of Asdrubal Cabrera. Lonnie Chisenhall did have a had line drive to third that Willie Bloomquist gloved.

 Third inning

Mariners go down 1-2-3 to Bauer … headed out to talk to Wolf.

In the bottom of the third, Andrew Carraway worked a 1-2-3 inning for Seattle.

Fourth inning

While we were walking along the course and back to the press box, Dustin Ackley hammered a two-run homer to center field off of Bauer. Corey Hart had doubled earlier to left field. Ackley has hit the ball hard this spring. Perhaps he’s finally starting to get thing figured out. It would be a big plus for the Mariners if that happens.

Joe Beimel works a scoreless inning, despite giving up a two-out single to Michael Brantley and a walk to Asdrubal Cabrera.

Mariners lead 3-0.

Fifth inning

John Buck leads off with a single off of Bryan Shaw, but he’s erased when Willie Bloomquist grounds into a 6-4-3 double play. Abraham Almonte grounded out to end the inning.

The fifth inning is one Gabriel Noriega would like to forget. Tom Wilhelmsen walked the lead-off hitter Yan Gomes. He came back with a strikeout, but then gave up a single to Michael Bourn to put runners on the corners. Wilhelmsen should have been out of the inning, but Noriega was unable to the turn the 6-4-3 double play. Nick Franklin fielded the ground ball from Nick Swisher cleanly and gave a good feed to Noriega, but his relay throw to first pulled Ji-Man Choi off the bag. Gomes scored cut the lead t0 3-1. Jason Kipnis then followed with a triple down the right field line to score  Swisher from first. Kipnis would score moments later when Noriega misplayed a ground ball off the bat of Carlos Santana. Wilhelmsen was done for the day. Jonathan Arias came in for Wilhelmsen. He gave up a single to Brantley Рhis third of the day Рbut got Cabrera to pop out to short to end the inning.

Sixth inning

The Mariners go down 1-2-3 against lefty Nick Hagadone. Ji-Man Choi did hit a ball deep to center that Nyjer Morgan made a nice running catch on.

Lucas Luetge gives up a lead-off single to Lonnie Chisenhall, but comes back to retire the next three batters. He even made a nice play on an in between ground ball by the mound and first base and tagged out Morgan as he ran to first.

Seventh inning

Dustin Ackley notched his second hit of the game, hitting a hard ground ball through the left side for a one-out single. But that’s about it for the Mariners.

Not a good inning for reliever Logan Bawcom. He gives up a lead-off single to David Adams and then after getting two outs, he gives up a single to one-time Mariners minor league Matt Carson. Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor then blasts a homer to right field, pushing the lead to 6-3.

Eighth Inning

Noriega leads off with a single, but not much comes from it.

Danny Farquhar had a 1-2-3 inning and looked sharp




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