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March 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Cactus League game # 28 — A’s at Mariners

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Former Mariner second baseman Bret Boone will be coaching first base for the A’s today here in Peoria.

Talked with Scott Baker about his outing yesterday. He obviously was frustrated by the results.

“It was one of those days for sure,” Baker said. “Just coming out of the gate, I was overthrowing. It was bad enough to where I just wasn’t able to make the adjustments. In a situation like that, you just have a workman’s type of attitude and fix it. It just wasn’t happening yesterday. Under normal circumstances, I probably wouldn’t have been out there as long. It was tough.”

There were no problems with his surgically repaired elbow.

“I felt good physically,” he said. “The fact that I have the ability to overthrow – where in previous years my arm just wouldn’t allow that. I’m just going to have to learn to utilize that that new aggressiveness and stay within myself. Obviously, nobody wants to go through that. It wasn’t my first poor outing and it won’t be my last.”

Baker knew his mechanics were a little off when he saw that the hole where he planted his foot “looked like a land mine went off.”

“There was a big hold and my calf was sore from pushing so hard,” he said. “That never happens. I feel good. But that’s not excuse for the way I’ve thrown. I just have to make the adjustment to stay within myself and keep the ball down in the zone. The way I was jumping off the mound, I couldn’t have gotten the ball down in the zone if I wanted to.”

First inning

Randy Wolf works a smooth 1-2-3 inning, including a pair of ground ball outs.

Brad Miller and Robinson Cano go hitless in the inning … that hasn’t much this spring.

Second inning

Wolf gives up a two-out single to Michael Taylor, but gets a little help when Cano snares a liner off the bat of Daric Barton with a leaping grab to end the inning.

Mariners go down 1-2-3.

Third inning 

Wolf is cruising along. He retired the side in order including a strikeout of Billy Burns.

The Mariners finally got a baserunner off of Josh Lindblom. Michael Saunders drew a one-out walk. But he didn’t stay on first base for very long, getting picked off by Lindblom.

Fourth inning

Wolf’s run of scoreless innings ends. He issued a lead-off walk to Nick Punto after a lengthy at-bat and then left a change-up up in the zone and Josh Donaldson  hammered it over the wall in right-center. Wolf then walked Yoenis Cespedes. But he got some help from Kyle Seager, who gloved a liner off the bat of Derek Norris and fired to first to double off Cespeds.

Mariners are still hitless against Lindblom as Almonte, Miller and Cano are retired in order.

A’s 2, Mariners 0

Fifth inning

Wolf gave up a one-out single and a two-out bunt single, but worked out of the game, getting the scrappin’, hustlin’ Nick Punto to pop up to short to end the inning.

We have a tie game. Logan Morrison finally got the Mariners a hit with a double down the right field line. Dustin Ackley followed with an opposite field two-run homer to left-center. It was his second of the spring.

A’s 2, Mariners 2

Sixth inning 

Wolf gave up a one-out single to Yoenis Cespedes, but they picked him off of first. It was a good thing because Derek Norris came up and muscled a ball over the wall in left field for a homer. I highly doubt that ball is going out at Safeco.

Mariners go down in order … Miller is 0-for-3 in the game.

A’s 3, Mariners 2

Seventh inning

Fernando Rodney replaces Wolf, who pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Rodney’s inning wasn’t dull. He walked Daric Barton to start the inning. The A’s bunted him over to second. Rodney then  got a soft pop out from Stephen Vogt. Billy Burns singled but it couldn’t score Barton from second. Rodney then came back to strikeout Punto to end the game.

Mariners got single from Justin Smoak and a single from Logan Morrison but couldn’t turn it into a run.

Eighth inning

Yoenis Cespedes ripped a laser of a solo homer off of Yoervis Medina over the left field wall. Yoenis owned Yoervis on this occasion.

Mariners get a runner to second with two outs, but Nick Franklin struck out looking to end the inning.



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