BOX SCORE … 03.11.14 Box Score
After Monday’s loss and tie, the Mariners bounced back for yet another Cactus League win. They improved to 11-4-1 this spring.
Scott Baker had a so-so outing, going three innings and giving up five runs (two earned) on five hits with three hit batters and a wild pitch. All three hit batters -Albert Pujols, David Freese and Howie Kendrick – came in a row in the first inning.
“I was having trouble getting on top of the ball, especially the breaking balls,” Baker said. “All the pitches that hit guys were offspeed. I felt like I made an adjustment that second inning. But these guys are good hitters and if you don’t have a good feel for your secondary pitches, you can’t just pump fastballs in there. Almost, if not every, hit was on fastballs.”
Baker was still happy with the outing for one major reason – health.
“Physically, this was about as good as I’ve felt in a really long time,” he said.
Lloyd McClendon won a replay challenge in the sixth inning when Andrew Romine’s force out at second base was overturned. The umpire on the field ruled that Romine lost the ball on the transfer for the double play. McClendon felt Romine never controlled it. His bench coach Trent Jewett also felt the same way
“Trent told me he thought it was a bobble and I said, ‘I agree,'” McClendon said.
He went and told umpire Dale Scott that he was challenging the play. Umpire Kerwin Danley, who was in the replay truck watching, was notified, watched the replays and overturned the call. The whole process took just over two minutes.
Unofficially it is the first overturned call by replay this spring. McClendon was unimpressed with the accomplishment.
“I told Trent we’ll be talking about this effin’ replay more than we will about this game,” McClendon said.
McClendon was pleased with the relief work of Roeneis Elias, who pitched three scoreless despite issuing three walks.