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March 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Cactus League game #5: Rockies at Mariners

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Yes, the game thread is up late. Yes, I’m sure some of you are annoyed. Yes, I have lost the keys to my car and spent the last hour trying to find them. No, I haven’t found them.

Today’s game is note being broadcast live on ESPN 710. But it is being broadcast on

Game cast for Rockies at Mariners ….

Game cast for Mariners at Reds .

I’m at the Mariners game here in Peoria by choice at first and now by force. I will try to keep an eye on the game in Goodyear as well and give you any updates that are pertinent. As a heads up, there will only be video highlights from Peoria since that’s where the Root Camera guy is at.

First inning

Blake Beavan gave up a one-out single to Brandon Barnes, but immediately erased the base runner and ended the inning by getting Corey Dickerson to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Robinson Cano gets hits don’t you know? His two-out ground ball between deep in the hole on the left side was fielded by a diving Chisthian Adames, but no throw was possible. Justin Smoak, batting right-handed, hit a hard line drive to right field that was caught by a retreating Charlie Blackmon.

Second inning

Blake Beavan gave up a one-out triple to Ben Paulsen. The ball was hit relatively well to right field (a routine out in Safeco) and Xavier Avery drifted back on the ball a little and had it hit off his glove.  Beavan did a nice job of keeping Paulsen at third. Using inside fastballs, he jammed the next two hitters for weak outs.

The Mariners got a two-out walk from Xavier Avery and a sharp single from Willie Bloomquist up the middle. But Humberto Quintero grounded out to end the threat. It’s been a while since I covered Bloomquist, but it’s weird, he get the loudest ovation of any player when his name is announced, including Cano. Must be a lot of people from the Olympic Peninsula down here in Peoria. … that’s sarcasm.

Third inning 

After throwing just 19 pitches and 16 strikes in two scoreless innings, McClendon sent Beavan out for a third inning. Beavan got two quick outs, but then gave up a double to Charlie Blackmon and a single to Brandon Barnes for a run. He got out of the inning, getting Corey Dickerson to ground out to short for the third out. Beavan’s day is done. Ramon Ramirez will relieve him.  Meanwhile, Wilton Lopez is in the game for the Rockies to pitch.

The top of the Mariners order – Almonte, Franklin, Cano – went down in order.

Fourth inning

Ramon Ramirez works a relatively quick 1-2-3 inning with Abraham Almonte making a couple of tough catches in the outfield. Though he might have made them a little hard on himself with a funky route to one of them.

The Mariners tied up the game. Corey Hart drew a one out walk, moved to second on Dustin Ackley’s hard single to right field, advanced to third on Xavier Avery’s fielder’s choice and then scored from third on a double steal of sorts. Avery stole second and Michael McKenry’s throw bounced away from the shortstop allowing Hart to sprint home.

Mariners 1, Rockies 1.

GOODYEAR update: An error by Logan Morrison and two by Nate Tenbrink led to a four run third inning for Cincinnati. Erasmo Ramirez never made it out of the third. He was credited with just one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts. Seattle trails 4-0 in the fifth inning and has just two hits.

Fifth Inning

Ramon Ramirez looked pretty sharp. He did give up a two-out single but got out of the inning.

The Mariners hung a five spot in the fifth inning. Nick Franklin got things rolling with an RBI double to score Humberto Quintero. Robinson Cano followed with an RBI single. Walks to Justin Smoak and Corey Hart loaded the bases for Dustin Ackley, who unloaded them with a double over the head of the centerfielder, to score all three runs. Seattle leads 6-1.

Sixth inning

The Mariners picked up two more runs in the sixth. Tyler Smith tripled to center to score Michael Dowd. Smith later scored on an error.  Seattle 8, Colorado 1.

Over in Goodyear: Chris Taylor has just hit a grand slam to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead. Brad Miller also has a homer in the game.

Seventh inning 

Tyler Smith makes a nice play at short for Seattle, going deep into the hole and firing to first. He also turned a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

DJ Peterson gets his first AB of the spring and flies out.

My keys are still missing.

Eighth inning …

In a response to commenter … Creasy Bear (did I get that right?) and this comment:

how come national sports media, e.g., ESPN, others report that Cano believes the Ms need more offense (duh) and therefore another bat. Hint, hint, Morales….but no local coverage whatsoever. 

Lincoln & Z paying the Times to censor comments? 

If you asked most anyone on the Mariners, “should the Mariners sign Kendrys Morales, or Ervin Santana?” The response would be similar. Would you expect them to say, “No, I really don’t think we should sign decent middle of the order hitter or a No. 3 starter.”

I posted a link to the original story in the blog when it came out. It is what it is. The whole story was framed around that premise which is fine. If you recall on the day Cano signed, he said he’d be happy if the team signed Nelson Cruz.

Look it’s common knowledge the team could use a right-handed bat.You know it. I know it. McClendon has said it. Cano has said it now three times on the record.  Cano pointing it out to Heyman isn’t some new idea. I’m not sure what local coverage you want on Morales. It’s not like we are keeping anything secret. We ask Zduriencik, he says nothing. McClendon has said on numerous occasions that he isn’t in favor of a full time designated hitter. So there is also that.

Boras convinced Morales to turn down the qualifying offer of 1-year, $14.1 million. So he’s probably trying to get at least that if not more. Boras may not willing to do what the Levinsons did with Cruz and accept less.

And it’s pretty clear looking at the comments that there isn’t a ton of censorship going on.

Also my keys are still missing.



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