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March 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Cactus League game #20 — Giants 13, Mariners 6

Here again are the lineups:

Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants
Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm)

Seattle Mariners (13-4-2)

San Francisco Giants ( 10-5-1)


Player Pos.


Player Pos.


Abraham Almonte (S) CF


Joaquin Arias 3B


Kyle Seager (L) 3B


Tony Abreu (S) 2B


Justin Smoak (S) 1B


Brandon Belt (L) 1B


Corey Hart DH


Hector Sanchez (S) C


Logan Morrison (L) RF


Brandon Hicks SS


Mike Zunino C


Tyler Colvin (L) DH


Nick Franklin (S) SS


Juan Perez LF


Michael Saunders (L) LF


Roger Kieschnick (L) RF


Willie Bloomquist 2B


Darren Ford CF

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher


James Paxton LHP


Edwin Escobar LHP

The game will be televised on ROOT Sports as well as broadcast on the Mariner radio network.

Nice crowd here today as its officially a sellout, the Giants and a Saturday day game each helping.


Sloppy inning for the Mariners leads to two runs for the Giants. Paxton gave up two ground ball seeing-eye singles to start the inning. A wild pitch advanced the runners to third, and an error by Bloomquist on a grounder deep behind second led to a run, with a sacrifice fly to center scoring the other. So two runs on two hits, two wild pitches and an error and it’s Giants 2-0.

Mariners got only a two-out single by Smoak, who was left on first when Hart struck out swinging on a breaking ball. 2-0 Giants.


Another run for the Giants, this on a solo homer by Juan Perez. We almost saw another when Darren Ford hit a shot off the leg of Paxton, who then threw wild of first, the ball scurrying down the line where Morrison had trouble getting a handle on it. But Ford stopped at third, despite the urging of the crowd, and was stranded there, leaving it 3-0 Giants.

Mariners had two on with one out after Zunino walked and Franklin hit a hard shot that bounced off the mound and into center field. But the dream of a run died hard when Saunders flew out and Bloomquist grounded into a fielder’s choice. Giants 3-0.


Paxton with his best inning of the game, allowing a single but getting two groundball outs and a strikeout to emerge unscathed. Giants 3-0.

M’s with a four-spot in the bottom of the inning, the big blows a two-run single by Saunders with two outs and the bases loaded after Daryl Maday had replaced Escobar, and a solo homer by Almonte to lead off the inning, his second of the spring and yet another marker in his favor as he attempts to win the leadoff spot. Morrison also drove in a run with a single. Mariners 4-3.


Giants with nothing in the fourth (though not sure if they liked it or not) thanks to a play a shortstop by Franklin that was nice, bordering on great, with a diving stop of a Kieschnick grounder that almost turned into a double play. Franklin is in a battle with Miller for the shortstop job, which McClendon insists is wide open.

Mariners with an unearned run in their half of the fourth when Kieschnick and Abreu collided going after a popup by Hart. The error was charged to Kieschnick as Almonte — running on the play with two outs — came around to score. Almonte had singled to lead off the inning. Paxton is now done after four innings with Rodney pitching. Seattle 5-3.


Well that was interesting. Rodney came on to pitch for the Mariners and hit a batter, then gave up a double and a single, sandwiched around a groundout, to allow two runs. Then, when an 0-1 pitch was called a ball, he argued from the mound with home plate ump Adam Hamari, who had a pretty quick switch and almost immediately tossed Rodney. Rodney had a few more words to say as he walked off the mound and headed toward home before being escorted to the dugout by Mike Zunino. Ramon Ramirez then relived and with two outs, Almonte lost a fly ball in the sun to allow another run to make it 6-5 Giants.

Mariners with a single from Franklin in the bottom of the fifth, but otherwise nothing. 6-5 Giants.


A Furbush wild pitch led to another Giants run as we were in the clubhouse talking to Paxton and Rodney. Rodney said he merely said that the pitch was a strike, and when the umpire said “that’s enough” that he repeated “that’s a strike.” Told it seemed like a quick hook, Rodney replied “because he knows he’s wrong. It was a strike. It was right down the middle.” Rodney said it was a fastball. He also said it was the first time he’s ever been thrown out of any game at any level. “But sometimes you have to react and I reacted,” he said. “I tell him it’s a strike he throw me out.” So it’s 7-5 Giants.

This is turning into a downright strange game as we had a brief delay in the Mariner half of the inning as Seager lost control of a bat that flew into the stands and hit a spectator in the head. The game was delayed for a minute as medics attended to the spectator and Seager stood at home plate hands over his mouth. The spectator’s head was bandaged and then lifted into a wheelchair and taken off the field. Appeared conscious and responsive and hopefully we’ll have more details soon. The game resumed and the Mariners went three up, three down. Giants 7-5.


Giants blowing it open with five runs against Wilhelmsen, who got just one out. An error on a simple fly ball — this has been a really sloppy game — didn’t help. But Wilhelmsen also gave up five pretty sharp hits and, so far, four earned runs as the Giants extended the lead to 12-5. Jonathan Arias came on to get the final two outs and end the damage at 12-5.

Nothing for Mariners in bottom of the frame. 12-5 Giants.


Arias pitched a scoreless top half, leading it 12-5 Giants.

M’s with a run in the bottom of the frame on a triple by Darren Ford that scored Chavez from, well, first base. Giants 12-6.


A run for the Giants in the ninth to make it 13-6.

And it’s a final as the Giants held on to beat the Mariners 13-6, pounding out 16 hits on a day when the wind and the sun made everything a challenge. A combined six errors, four by the Mariners, who had 11 hits of their own.






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