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March 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Cactus League game #15 — other half of the Mariners at Diamondbacks

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 5.08.14 PMGame Notes … 03.10.14 ST Game Notes (at AZ)

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This is easily one of my favorite ballparks in the Cactus League. Huge press box with good views. There’s great scenery surrounding the stadium and outstanding scenery within it. On a Saturday or Sunday, it’s the place to be in the spring.

First inning

Stefen Romero continues to rake this spring, he hammered a double to left field with two outs. It looked like he might score when Logan Morrison hit a hard shot to center. But AJ Pollock ran it down.

James Paxton gave up a one-out double, but came back to get Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado out on groundouts.

Second inning

The Mariners grab a 2-0 lead. Michael Saunders hammered a single into center and Mike Zunino gorked a double into shallow right field.  Saunders made a nice read and scored on Endy Chavez’s ground ball to first, sliding in before the tag. Carlos Triunfel then hit a sac fly to center to score Zunino — situational hitting everyone!

Paxton fins a little trouble in the second inning with a one out single and a wild pitch, but works out of the jam.

Third inning

Stefen Romero continued to jump on the first pitch. This time he hammers a single into left-center. But he stays there as Morrison, Montero and Saunders all strike out.

James Paxton showed a little mettle in the third. With runners on first and third and one out, Paxton got Paul Goldschmidt to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Fourth inning

Mariners go down 1-2-3.

Martin Prado led off with a double to left and later scored on a ground ball, but that’s the only damage. Paxton’s day is done. He pitched four innings, giving up one run (his first this spring) on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Lots of ground ball outs.

Mariners 2, D’Backs 1

Fifth inning

Brad Miller goes all crazylegs and triples off the wall in deep right-center. He later scored on Romero’s one-out swinging bunt.

Arizona took advantage of new pitcher Jimmy Gilheeney. Gerardo Parra led off with a single and moved to third on Pollock’s one-out double to right. A passed ball on Mike Zunino allowed Parra to score. Gilheeney  walked Aaron Hill and was lifted from the game. Carson Smith came in and gave up a sac fly to Paul Goldschmidt that tied the game and then struck out Prado.

Mariners 3, D’Backs 3.

Sixth inning

D’Backs reliever Will Harris walks Jesus Montero but then strikes out Saunders, Zunino and Chavez in order.

Carson Smith struck out the first two batters he faced, but then gave up a single and walked a batter. He worked out of the jam by getting Cliff Pennington to ground out.

Mariners 3, D’Backs 3

Paxton on his outing …

“It felt pretty good, but today was a bit of a battle getting in the strike zone and locating my pitches,” he said. “But I got myself into situations that I think were good for me get into and get out of.”

On learning to work without great command?

“You have to be able to pitch without your best stuff. You are going to go out there without your best stuff most of the time. You have to battle your way through games. You just have to bear down when you get yourself in tough spots and make good pitches.”

On getting 12 ground balls in 16 batters faced?

“I just tried on keeping the ball down. I think it helps with my downward angle helps get the ball on the ground, guys swing over the top of it.”

On the pitch to Goldschmidt to get the double play?

“I came inside on him (with a fastball) and jammed him a little bit.”

On walks in the past?

“Yeah, I’ve struggled with walking people in the past. At the end of last year, I made an adjustment in my delivery that made it easier to repeat. And I got guys out.”

Seventh Inning

Will Harris retired the Mariners  1-2-3.

Chance Ruffin walked the lead-off hitter Tony Campana, who stole second. But he came back to get Didi Gregorious to ground out, strike out Matt Tuiasosopo and got Mike Jacobs to pop out.

Eighth inning 

Joe Thatcher struck out Romero, got Morrison to fly out and then struck out Montero looking.

Dominic Leone works a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout of the ageless Henry Blanco.




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