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March 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Cactus League game #7: Mariners at Dodgers … Felix Day

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Welcome to Camelback home of the Dodgers and White Sox.

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If something happens in left field, it might be difficult to see. But it was better than original seat that had something in the way.

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A lot of press box have 30 degree support beams in the middle of them. But they are useful for hanging signs on.

Quick note this game isn’t being broadcast on 710 ESPN or Now if  you are an MLB.TV subscriber, you can stream the audio or Dodgers video broadcast live. You can also watch the game on MLB Network. But it’s starting on a one hour tape delay. 

MLB game cast link 

I’m rather interested to see Felix Hernandez vs. Yasiel Puig. If you’ve seen Puig, you know he is prone to offspeed pitches out of the zone. I wonder if Felix will throw him the cambio (that’s the change-up for you English speakers) a few times.

Felix will likely only throw two innings. So it seems unlikely he will face Chone Figgins. Instead, Hector Noesi will face the angry little former Mariner. Noesi is far from a Mariners fan favorite, but his stock might increase if he dotted a fastball in Figgins’ rib cage. I honestly can’t remember a more disliked Mariner than Figgins.

The other candidates would likely be ….

  • Richie Sexson
  • Bobby Ayala
  • Jeff Cirillo
  • Scott Speizio
  • Erik Bedard

Mine were Jeremy Reed or Jake Woods, though you’d barely call Woods a Mariners’ player.

First inning

Reliever Brian Wilson got the start and threw his one inning. He set down the Mariners in order, getting Brad Miller to ground to out to Figgins, striking out Kyle Seager and getting a nice leaping grab from shortstop Justin Turner on a rocket line drive off the bat of Stefen Romero.

It wasn’t the sharpest start for Felix. He threw a pretty good first pitch fastball down in the zone to Puig, who jumped on it and lined it into the left-center gap for a double. Felix then walked Carl Crawford on four pitches. But he rallied back to get Hanley Ramirez to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. He struck out Andre Ethier to end the inning.

Second inning

Closer Kenley Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 second, getting Justin Smoak to ground out and striking out Logan Morrison and Cole Gillespie. The reason the Dodgers are going Johnny All-staff on the start today is because Zack Greinke was supposed to start but strained his calf in his last outing. So all relievers today for the Dodgers.

Felix is done for the day. He gave up a one-out single to Juan Uribe and a wild-pitch moved him to second. But he got back-to-back ground balls to end the inning. He threw 29 pitches with 17 strikes.

Third inning

The Mariners had an interesting top half of the inning. James Jones single off of JP Howell to start the inning. Mike Zunino doubled him to third. With runners on second and third, Jones made a mistake on Ketel Marte’s ground ball to shortstop. Jones kind of hesitated and didn’t go on contact immediately. Shortstop Justin Turner read it and fired home and AJ Ellis was able to get Jones as he retreated back to third. But Brad Miller picked up Jones with a looping single to right field to score Zunino, who slid in just under the laser throw from Puig. Kyle Seager followed with a single through the right side to score Marte from third. Puig tried to throw Miller out at third, but his throw was wide and got past Uribe allowing Miller to hustle home. Mariners lead 3-0.

Noesi works a 1-2-3 inning, getting Figgins to ground out weakly to second to start the inning.

Fourth inning

The lead is pushed to 4-0. James Jones singled to left-center. While on first, he was clearly bothering pitcher Jamey Wright. The Dodgers pitched out twice and Wright threw over twice. On his third pick-off attempt, he threw it away allowing Jones to race all the way to third. Two pitches later Wright threw a bad curveball for a wild pitch and Jones scooted home. Mike Zunino followed with a double in the inning. He blasted a low sinker to the right-center gap. It was the type of swing that Zunino has been working on all spring.

Hector Noesi got himself in a spot of trouble. He gave up a single to Hanley Ramirez to start the inning and then walked Andre Ethier. But he got AJ Ellis to ground into a 6-4-3 double play and then got some help from Brad Miller, who made a nice diving stop on a ground ball deep in the hole and then got up and threw out Juan Uribe at first to end the inning.

Fifth inning 

Sorry for the delay, we were out talking to Felix Hernandez, who called his change-up “garbage” today. He said he couldn’t find the feel with the pitch.

The Mariners went down in order against Chris Perez, who struck out Miller and Seager.

Jimmy Gillheeney also pitched a 1-2-3 inning for Seattle.

Sixth Inning

Mariners go down 1-2-3 against Chris Withrow. Logan Morrison takes hat trick with his third strikeout of the day.

Jonathan Arias issued two two-out walks but got out of the inning.

Seventh inning

Mariners pick up a couple of two-out walks, but nothing comes of it.

Chris Taylor, the Mariners minor league player of the year, made a nice sliding stop on a ground ball up the middle and fired to first for the out. Taylor has been very good this spring. He can pick it at shortstop.

Eighth inning

Mariners went down 1-2-3 against Red Patterson. I’m guessing you know what color hair he has.

Travyon Robinson, a one-time Mariner and a super nice kid, hit a solo homer to left off of reliever Stephen Kohlscheen to cut the lead to 4-1.

Headed downstairs for the ninth inning. Dominic Leone will try to close it out.



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