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Jerry Brewer here, subbing for Ryan Divish, who is covering tonight’s game against the Dodgers in Glendale.
BOX SCORE …. 03.08.14 Box Score (at SF)
On a day in which the San Francisco Giants struggled in every way — throwing strikes, fielding, at the plate — the Mariners took advantage of all their opportunities in an 18-3 blowout before a sellout crowd of 12,123 at Scottsdale Stadium.
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The game started with the power of Brad Miller and Michael Saunders, who each hit two-run homers off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in the first inning to give the Mariners a 4-0 lead. The Mariners would go on the score five runs in the third inning, three in the seventh, five in the eighth and one more in the ninth, pounding out 18 hits in the process. Dustin Ackley continued his hot start to the spring, going 3 for 4 with two RBI, including a double and a triple. Four other Mariners had two hits: Saunders (who had a team-high three RBI, too), Endy Chavez, Leon Landry and Ketel Marte.
Erasmo Ramirez threw four innings, the longest start of any Mariners pitcher thus far (Blake Beavan is also scheduled to go four innings tonight), and he was nearly flawless, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out four.
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“He threw the ball extremely well,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He threw strikes, worked fast, kept the ball down. He did a good job.”
Ramirez was pleased, too.
“I continue to be aggressive, thinking about first-pitch strikes, getting ahead of the hitters,” said Ramirez, who has a 1.04 ERA in 8 2/3 innings over three starts. “My change-up was working. My curveball was missing the strike zone. But I made the adjustment and executed pitches.”
For Ramirez, it’s not just about results. His arm feels great, and that’s what excites him the most. After being limited by injuries the past two seasons, he needs to prove he can stay healthy to be considered a long-term option in the Mariners’ starting rotation.
“I’m happy because of how I feel,” Ramirez said. “My arm is getting stronger. I have more control in my body.
“What I feel right now is the routine is working. My arm feels free. Whatever happens out there, I feel OK with my arm.”
D.J. Peterson, the Mariners’ first-round pick in the draft last year, was supposed to get a start in tonight’s game. But McClendon said he doesn’t expect Peterson to play because of an upset stomach. He came in off the bench and had two good at-bats against the Giants, driving in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a bunt single, but he left late in the game, saying he felt ill.