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March 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Cactus League Game #24 — Mariners 3, Cubs 0

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Game notes …. 03.20.14 ST Game Notes

FIRST INNING

Mariners got a two-out single by Cano but that was all.

Two two-out singles by the Cubs sandwiched around a stolen base by Schierholtz, continuing a Seattle issue giving up stolen bases this spring. But Sweeney lined out hard to first to end the inning. 0-0.

SECOND INNING

Nothing in the second for either team. Ackley a hard-hit double to the right with two outs, but that was all. 0-0.

THIRD INNING

Mariners got two two-out walks  in their half, from Seager and Cano, but the threat ended with a Smoak groundout.

Mariners got into a brief mess with some shaky fielding and then got out of it with some good glove work. Almonte overran Lake’s fly into center for what was ruled a double. Lake then got hung up heading to third on a grounder to Cano, and when Barney tried to head to second, the Mariners turned it into a 4-5-6-3 double play. Still 0-0.

FOURTH INNING

Ackley a two-out single. Otherwise, nothing for the Mariners, which included another strikeout by Corey Hart, who has K’d 18 times in 33 spring at-bats and is 4-33 overall.

Three up, three set down by Ramierz, having another good outing as part of a good spring that has undoubtedly locked up a spot in the starting rotation. Still 0-0.

FIFTH INNING

Almonte scored a run on a single, a stolen base and then a wild pitch that got him to third, and a sac fly by Seager. So 1-0 Mariners.

 SIXTH INNING

Mariners with a 2-0 lead after six as they got another run in the top of the inning when Hart singled and came around to score on a sac fly by John Buck. Ramierz has thrown six shutout innings, allowing just four hits, and is likely done.

SEVENTH INNING

Nothing for either team as Joe Beimel came on to pitch a perfect seventh in relief of Ramierz, his first action in roughly two weeks while dealing with arm issues. Ramirez allowed just four hits and no runs in six innings, striking out four, and hitting a batter but walking none. ERA now 0.96 for the spring.

EIGHTH INNING

Rodney now in.

Rodney has been a little unsharp in the spring, but had a good outing here, striking out the last two batters after a one-out walk. Seattle remains ahead 2-0.

NINTH INNING

It’s a final, as the Mariners hold on to win it 3-0. More later.

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