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March 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Cactus League game #8: Indians at Mariners

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Scheduled to pitch after Paxton: Brandon Maurer (2), Lucas Luetge (2), Joe Beimel, Danny Farquhar, Bobby LaFromboise.

Scheduled to pitch after Banwart: Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw, David Aardsma, Nick Hagadone, Colt Hynes, Blake Wood, Austin Adams.

Today’s game is on radio tape delay. We were discussing it in the media room if anyone goes out of their way to listen to those broadcasts. I can understand watching a game on tape delay, but radio? You can stream it online for free at www.

First inning

James Paxton gave up a one-out single to Ryan Raburn. Jeff Francoeur followed with a hard liner that Robinson Cano gloved. He tried to throw out Raburn at first but the throw was wide. Paxton then jammed Lonnie Chisenall on a 95 fastball inside, shattering his bat and leading to an easy ground ball out to Kyle Seager at third.

So the bottom half of the inning wasn’t dull. The Mariners hung four on the scoreboard. Abraham Almonte led off with a solo homer to right field off of Travis Barnwart. Then Kyle Seager doubled to left, Robinson Cano singled to cetner and Justin Smoak walked after falling behind 1-2 in the count. Barnwart came back to strike out Logan Morrison looking and got Dustin Ackley swinging. Manager Terry Francona went to Sumner’s Nick Hagadone with bases loaded to face Michael Saunders. Hagadone walked Saunders of four pitches and Nick Franklin followed with a single through the left side to score two runs. The Mariners batted around in the inning  and lead 4-0.

Second inning

Paxton gave up a lead-off double to one-time minor leaguer Matt Carson, but then came back to strike out Jesus Aguilar and get a pair of ground ball outs to end the inning.

Mariners went down 1-2-3 in the second

Third inning

Three ground ball outs for Paxton. He’s done for the day. He gave up two hits in three shutout innings with a strikeout. Maurer will pitch the fourth and fifth inning.

Mariners go down 1-2-3 … LoMo strikes out looking agains. In his last six at-bats, he’s struck out five times.

Fourth inning

Maurer wasn’t extremely sharp. He gave up a lead-off double to Francoeur after getting up 1-2 in the count. He then made a good pitch and sawed off Lonnie Chisenhall. But the broken bat looper landed in right field for a single. Maurer didn’t panic, getting ground ball for a 6-4-3 double play, which allowed a run to score. After walking Aguilar, he got David Adams to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

M’s went down 1-2-3 again.

Fifth inning

Maurer got all of his pitches in today. He got a nice play from Mike Zunino on a ball in front of plate for a lead-off out. But a one-out hit batter and a two-out hit batter didn’t help. He didn’t panic. He got Francoeur to ground out to end the inning.

The Mariners got down 1-2-3 in the fifth against Bryan Shaw. Cleveland pitchers have retired the last 13 M’s hitters.

Sixth inning

Lucas Luetge’s first inning of work went smoothly . He retired the side in order.

Logan Morrison hit a towering pop fly that Carlos Moncrief lost in the air and in the sun. He was charged with an error and Morrison rumbled into third. Michael Saunders scored him with a ground ball to second. Mariners lead  5-1.

Seventh inning

Lucas Luetge’s second inning was not smooth.  He gave up  a lead-off double to David Adams. Carlos Triunfel’s one-out throwing error on a ground ball allowed Adams to score. Eliot Johnson followed with an RBI triple and Ryan Raburn blasted a two-run homer to right-center. Luetge struck out Moncrief but then walked Ryan Rohlinger and was lifted from the game. Minor leaguer Stephen Shackleford came in and got a fly ball out to end the inning. Game is tied at 5-5.

Reserves James Jones, Ty Kelly and Carlos Triunfel go down in order.

Eighth inning

Joe Beimel allows an infield hit to Justin Sellers on a ground ball that shortstop Chris Taylor made a brilliant play on. However, his throw pulled Jesus Montero off the bag slightly. Would a more seasoned first baseman keep his foot on the bag? Yep. Didn’t matter as Beimel picked off Sellers moments later. Beimel’s fastball sat around 89 mph.

M’s go down 1-2-3. It’s still tied at 5-5 …

Ninth inning

So Danny Farquhar’s outing didn’t go so well. A dropped pop up by the dugout by Humberto Quintero and a dropped flyball by Xavier Avery didn’t help much. Francisco Lindor delivered a run scoring double, Carlos Moncrief tripled home a run and Ryan Rohlinger delivered an RBI single. Farquhar never made it out of the inning. Bobby LaFromboise came in and finished off the inning getting two outs. Cleveland leads 8-5.



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