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March 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Cactus League game #21 — Mariners 5, Angels 3

Here is the set up for the 21st game of the spring, with lineups, future pitching probables, and how to follow along:
Seattle Mariners (13-5-2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (8-8-2) | 1:10 pm | Tempe Diablo Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Roenis Elias (2-0, 1.23) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (0-1, 2.45)
Radio: Live Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and via Mariners.com (for subscribers)
TV: This game will be televised on MLB.tv (for subscribers).
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play dataUpcoming Probable Starting Pitchers:Day Date Time Opponent Mariners Opponent Sunday 3/16 1:10 pm @LAA Roenis Elias (LHP) C.J. Wilson (LHP)Monday 3/17 Off DayTuesday 3/18 7:05 pm SD Randy Wolf (LHP) Josh Johnson (RHP)Wednesday 3/19 1:05 pm MIL Blake Beavan (RHP) Wily Peralta (LHP)*times listed are local to Arizona

 Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels
Sunday, March 16, 2014 – Tempe Diablo Stadium (1:08 pm)

Seattle Mariners (13-5-2)

Los Angeles Angels (8-8-2)

No.

Player Pos.

No.

Player Pos.

36

Abraham Almonte (S) CF

56

Kole Calhoun (L) RF

15

Kyle Seager (L) 3B

27

Mike Trout CF

27

Corey Hart DH

5

Albert Pujols 1B

17

Justin Smoak (S) 1B

6

David Freese 3B

55

Michael Saunders (L) RF

47

Howie Kendrick 2B

13

Dustin Ackley (L) LF

2

Erick Aybar (S) SS

3

Mike Zunino C

17

Chris Iannetta DH

5

Brad Miller (L) SS

16

Hank Conger (S) C

8

Willie Bloomquist 2B

0

Collin Cowgill LF

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

81

Roenis Elias LHP

33

C.J. Wilson LHP

 FIRST INNING

It’s 80 degrees as the first pitch is thrown at 1:10 p.m.

Good top of the first for Seattle as the Mariners got two runs on four hits — all singles. Driving in runs with two outs were Saunders and Ackley. Seattle could have gotten more, though, but Miller struck out with the bases loaded against Angels starter C.J. Wilson. Mariners 2-0.

Nice, quick innings for Roenis Elias, who threw about six pitches (we don’t have an official counter up here) in striking out Calhoun and then getting Trout and Pujols on groundouts. Big start for Elias for is emerging as a legit contender for the starting rotation. Mariners 2-0.

SECOND INNING

Almonte, heating up of late, doubled down the left-field line with one out. But he was stranded there after a Seager groundout and a Hart popup to second. So it’s Seattle 2-0.

A rockier inning for Elias as he walked Freese on a 3-2 pitch to lead off, then after a double play, gave up a single to Iannetta. Conger then launched a deep one to center that Almonte tracked and made a nice catch on for the third out. So Elias has faced just seven batters so far and has Seattle with a 2-0 lead.

THIRD INNING

Nothing for Mariners in third, who couldn’t convert after a leadoff walk by Smoak and and then a single by Saunders, his second hit of the day. Ackley and Zunino struck out and then Miller grounded out to end it and leave it. … Seattle 2-0.

Another really good inning for Elias, who got Conger and Calhoun on fly outs to right sandwiched around a swinging strikeout of Cowgill — not quite the killer C’s for the Angels there is it? Seattle 2-0.

FOURTH INNING

Three up, three down for the Mariners in the fourth, including an inning-ending strikeout swinging by Seager, who is 7-35 this spring. Seattle 2-0.

Elias giving the Mariners no reason to think he can’t continue to be part of the battle for the rotation as he retired the side easily. Still Seattle 2-0.

FIFTH INNING

Corey Hart still looking for his swing, as he struck out to lead off a 1-2-3 inning for the Mariners. Hart now 3-27 this spring. Still Seattle 2-0.

Elias may be done after the Angels finally got to him a little bit. Aybar led off with a triple hit deep to left-center, and Iannetta followed with another long fly to center, though this one caught by Chavez at the wall to drive in a run. No more damage and Elias has allowed one run on two hits and has a 2-1 lead.

SIXTH INNING

Mariners beginning to put some distance between themselves and the pesky, under-funded Angels, getting two runs thanks in part to a two-base error on Calhoun on a shot by Ackley. Zunino then walked, ending the day for Wilson, who threw 91 pitches. After a wild pitch, Bloomquist’s sac fly scored one run and Chavez’s double scored another. So it’s 4-1 Mariners.

The proverbial  wholesale changes, as well as interviews for the media, meant I lost track of the seventh inning.  But it is now 5-2 Mariners in the top of the eighth.

NINTH INNING

Mariners lead it 5-2 as we head to the bottom of the ninth.

And the Mariners hold on to win 5-3 as Medina came on to get the final outs. An error prolonged things and led to a run, but Medina got the final out to get it done.

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