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March 12, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Cactus League game #17 — Cubs at Mariners

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Scheduled to pitch after Wolf …. Fernando Rodney, Tom Wilhelmsen, Ramon Ramirez, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Logan Kensing.

Official game notes …. 03.12.14 ST Game Notes

Roster for game …03.12.14 SEA GameDay Roster

A quick reminder that this game is televised on Root Sports and also will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN and www.mariners.com

This will be Wolf’s third start. He’ll have around 60 pitches to work with. It’s spring training and numbers don’t matter. But Wolf needs to show he can get outs if he wants to compete for this starting rotation. I really think Lloyd McClendon has four out of the five starting spots decided upon and is leaving that fifth spot up for grabs.

 First inning

Wolf gave up a one-out single to Junior Lake, but he picked him off a minutes later. Wolf then struck out old friend Casper Wells to end the inning.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead. Kyle Segear  drew a one-out walk, stole second and then scored on Robinson Cano’s line drive double to right field.

Mariners 1, Cubs 0.

Second inning

The lead was shortlived with Mike Olt hammering a homer to deep left-center to tie the game at 1-1. Wolf gave up a pair of one-out singles. But with runners on first and second, Wolf got a ground ball to second base and Cano started a pretty 4-6-3 double play. It’s remarkable how smooth he is in the field.

The Mariners being the Cactus League Warriors that they are, grabbed the lead back. Dustin Ackley drew a lead off walk, moved to second on Michael Saunders ground ball to first. He would score from second when Brad Miller dumped a single into left field. The Mariners loaded the bases, but Kyle Seager’s hard-hit, one-hop ground ball turned into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning

Mariners 2, Cubs 1

Third inning 

Wolf gives up a lead-off single to John Baker, but works out of the inning, retiring the next three hitters, including a big strikeout of Junior Lake

Robinson Cano drew a lead-off walk, but Justin Smoak grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Logan Morrison followed with a walk off of James McDonald, ending his night. Reliever Hunter Cervenka struck out Dustin Ackley looking to end the inning.

Mariners 2, Cubs 1

Fourth inning

There are homers and there is what Javier Baez hit off Randy Wolf. The Cubs prospect obliterated a baseball and hit it deep into left field. The argument in the press box was whether it went over the scoreboard. I maintained that it blasted a hole right through it. For all the power, it was just one run and that’s all Wolf gave up.

Brad Miller showed a little power of his own, hammering a line-drive homer to right-center off of lefty James Russell. Miller sat on a 2-2 cutter and didn’t miss it.

Mariners 3, Cubs 2

Fifth inning

Fernando Rodney gave up a two-out single to Bonifacio but that’s it.    

Robinson Cano with a double to left field. The guy just hits, but nobody behind him followed and he was stuck on second.

Sixth inning

So we were in the clubhouse talking with Randy Wolf during the top of the sixth. I did see Mike Olt hit his second homer ofthe game off of Charlie Furbush. That was well struck. I didn’t see the struggles of Jesus Montero at first base. My good friends from @CespedesBBQ (one of the funniest twitter follows in baseball) has vines of them. Here’s the one of him dropping a foul pop up and here’s his struggles with a ground ball. Ty Kelly also dropped a pop up in that inning. It resulted in four runs.

Seventh inning

Ramon Ramirez  came in and gave up a walk and two hits and a run. He was promptly lifted for Logan Kensing, who got a double play and a ground ball out to end the inning.

Stefen Romero comes up with a hard single on a first-pitch fastball. Talking to Romero today about his love of hacking at that first pitch and he said the logic was simple: during spring training, many pitchers throw get-me-over fastballs or breaking ball on the first base. And if they are going to be hittable pitches, why not hit them?

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