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March 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Cactus League game #16 — Mariners at Angels

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Wireless is moving a little slow here at Tempe Diable Stadium. A quick reminder that today’s game is being broadcast live on the MLB Network so you can watch. No live radio broadcast. But you can listen on-line.

Still no word from the Mariners on the status of Corey Hart and why he was scratched from the line-up. We are hoping to hear from general manager Jack Zduriencik soon for an update.

First inning

Mr. Straight Edge Racer, CJ Wilson gets the first two outs. But Robinson Cano won’t allow it to be a 1-2-3 inning. He fights off a 2-2 pitch and dumps it into left for a single. He has 10 hits this spring, all singles.

So the bottom half of the inning was interesting. Scott Baker got flyouts from JB Shuck and Mike Trout to get two quick outs. Then he hit Albert Pujols with a pitch. No big deal. He dotted David Freese with a pitch. It elicited a few boos from crowd. He got the hat trick a few moments later, hitting Howie Kendrick with a pitch as well. Fans were not pleased. Manager Lloyd McClendon and trainer Rick Griffin went to check on Baker. But he seemed fine. He ended the inning by getting Hank Conger to fly out to deep right-center.

Second inning

The Mariners grabbed a 1-0 lead. Dustin Ackley doubled over the head of left-fielder JB Shuck, who didn’t make the best play on the ball. Stefen Romero followed with a hard single to left field on the first pitch he saw from CJ Wilson. Shuck’s throw in from left field was wild and it allowed Ackley to trot home.

The lead was short-lived. A two-base throwing error by Chris Taylor, who was playing third base, put Erick Aybar on second. He moved to third on Grant Green’s grounder to second. Matt Long singled to score Aybar. Baker got Shuck to ground out to third, but Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back RBI doubles.

Angels 3, Mariners 1

Third inning

Chris Taylor got a one out single. But nothing came of it. Cano just missed on a pitch and flew out to left field.

Update from Zduriencik: Corey Hart was scratched from today’s line-up with forearm tenderness from throwing. They wanted to give him an extra day.

The Angels tacked on two more runs. Howie Kendrick led off with a single, was sac bunted to second (yes, Scioscia bunts in spring games). Kendrick moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder’s choice when Humberto Quintero couldn’t make the tag at home on Cano’s throw from the grass. Matt Long double to left to score the other run.

Angels 5, Mariners 1

Fourth inning

Sorry for the delays. But the wi-fi at Tempe Diablo is slower than a dial-up connection from Two Dot, Montana. Wilson set  down the Mariners in order, including strikeouts of Montero and Franklin.

Baker was done after three, giving up five runs (two earned) on five hits with three hit batters and a wild pitch. Not exactly a stellar outing from him.

Emilio Pagan comes in and get three flyball outs from Trout, Pujols and Freese … nice job kid.

Fifth inning

Mariners go down 1-2-3.

Roenias Elias overcomes a pair of walks and gets out of the inning without allowing a run.

Sixth inning

The wireless is still slow. The Mariners trimmed the lead to 5-3. Chris Taylor drew a lead-off walk, stole second and then later came around to score on Nick Franklin’s RBI single up the middle. Kevin Jepsen also balked a run home

Elias works another scoreless inning 

Angels 5, Mariners 3

Seventh inning

My other cousin  on the Mariners -Humberto Quintero – doubled to right-center with one out. James Jones moved him to third with a ground ball to first, but Chris Taylor struck out to end the inning.

Elias with a nice little 1-2-3 inning – three ground ball outs.

Eighth inning

McClendon wins his first challenge. Umpires ruled that a force out at second base on ground ball hit by Jabari Blash was an out and the fact that the second baseman Andrew Romine dropped the ball. The runner at second was ruled out because Romine was thought to have dropped it on the transfer. But McClendon had them challenge the play and it was ruled that the second baseman never controlled the ball. That allowed a run to score. Mike Dowd got hit on the hand by a pitch with bases loaded to score another run. He’s a catcher and pretty tough. He stayed in the game. The Mariners got three runs in the inning and they were all unearned. That’s a lead.

Jonathan Arias gives up a two out single, but retired pinch hitter Ian Stewart to end the inning.

Mariners 6, Angels 5

Ninth inning

Two Angels outfielders almost collided on a fly ball from Ketel Marte, which allowed a pair of runners to score. Xavier Avery added another RBI singe to turn his game from long to interminable. Mike Dowd added a sac fly. And the Mariners are up 10-4.



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