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March 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Cactus League game #10: Reds (half of them) at Mariners

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Greetings from sunny Peoria Stadium. The temperature is about 75.

A reminder … the game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN and

Here’s a link to the gamecast.

Here’s the official game notes … 03.07.14 ST Game Notes

Randy Wolf will go three innings or about 45 pitches. He won’t be facing the toughest line-up ever. Wolf said after his last start that he has been experimenting with a split-finger fastball and liked some of the action he was getting with the pitch in his first outing. So that’s something to keep an eye on.

I am interested to watch the lightning fast Billy Hamilton and how Mariners catcher Mike Zunino does if the speedy Reds outfielder gets on base. The Reds have a split squad so it’s Hamilton, dat dude Brandon Phillips,

DJ Peterson and Ketel Marte are suited and may see some action today.

First inning

Well, Randy Wolf allowed his first runs of the spring in one violent swing. Wolf gave up a two-out walk to Brandon Phillips after going 0-2 in the count. Chris Heisey made that hurt, crushing the first pitch he saw from Wolf over the wall in left field an on top of the tent no the berm.

Mariners got a walk from Kyle Seager and a “double” for Nick Franklin when left fielder Kristopher Negron lost his pop up in the sun. But Brett Marshall struck out Justin Smoak and Corey Hart to end the inning.

Reds 2, Mariners 0

Second inning

Wolf again gets bitten by a two out walk. This time he issued a free pass to Corky Miller. Negron followed a triple to right center that scored Miller all the way from the first – not an easy thing to do.

Logan Morrison had a lead-off single up the middle, and Carlos Triunfel drew a two-out walk (that’s not a typo). But Abraham Almonte grounded out to first to end the inning.

Reds 3, Mariners 0

Third inning

Make it 4-0. Brandon Phillips jumps on a hanging breaking ball from Wolf and deposits it into the Mariners bullpen in left field.

Kyle Seager singled to lead off the inning. Justin Smoak moved him to third with a one-out bloop single to left. But the Mariners got nothing out of it. Corey Hart popped up to short. Logan Morrison walked to load the bases and Ackley struck out to end the inning.

Reds 4, Mariners 0

Fourth inning

Wolf is done after three innings, giving up four runs on three hits with two costly walks. Ramon Ramirez came in and worked a 1-2-3.

Zunino, Triunfel and Almonte go down in order.

Fifth inning

Billy Hamilton did some Billy Hamilton things against Ramirez. After getting a single, he stole second and later stole third. Mike Zunino had decent throws. But decent isn’t going to get a guy like that. Brandon Phillips delievered a two-run single to score Hamilton and Jason Bourgeois. Ramirez was replaced by Logan Bawcom, who was greeted by Heisey with his second two-run homer of the game – another crush job to left field.

Down 8-0, the Mariners mounted a little a rally. Seager and Franklin drew back to back walks to start the inning. Justin Smoak singled to load the bases. Corey Hart’s ground ball to third scored Seager and moved up the runners. Logan Morrison scored Franklin on a sacrifice fly and Ackley singled in Smoak.

Reds 8, Mariners 3.

Sixth inning

Yoervis Medina gives up a two out hit Donald Lutz, but Humberto Quintero threw him out on a steal attempt.

Those fightin’, scrappin’ Mariners don’t give up. Even without the Sodo Mojo, they channeled a little of the two outs, so what magic and believed big. DJ Peterson blasted a two-out solo homer to left field to start the action. Ketel Marte drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on the bad throw. Jesus Montero doubled him home and Steven Romero tripled to right-center to score Montero. It was his second straight day with an RBI triple. Xavier Avery drew a walk, which forced Bryan Price to finally close the book on reliever Daniel Corcino. He brought in Michael Lorenzen, but the result was the same. Cole Gillespie doubled off the wall in left-center to score two runs and tie the game. Humberot Quintero ended the rally with a ground out.

Mariners 8, Reds 8

Seventh inning

Carson Smith shakes off a one-out double to work a scoreless inning.

DJ Peterson had a single up the middle but the game is still tied.

Eighth inning

The Reds took a 10-8 lead as Nick Hill gave up three hits in the inning, including an RBI triple and run-scoring single.

Jesus Montero tried to lead the charge back. He doubled to right field. The throw to second actually beat him to the bag by a few or eight steps, but he slid into the glove of the shortstop, knocking the ball loose. Montero was lifted for pinch runner Ty Kelly, who later scored on Cole Gillespie’s single to right field.

Reds 10, Mariners 9



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