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Stefen Romero seems likely to make this baseball team, particularly with Lloyd McClendon saying that Corey Hart likely won’t be able to play outfield to start the season. But he continues to make the decision easier. On Sunday with the Mariners down 4-3 and runners on second and third, Romero hammered a fastball from Evan Scribner deep over the left field wall to give the Mariners’ a 6-4 win.
“I faced this guy in Sacramento early last year so I have a little bit of knowledge of what he wants to do – especially breaking balls early in the count,” Romero said. “Fortunately, I had my timing down on his breaking ball. I had (Dustin) Ackley hitting behind me so he didn’t want to walk me there. I was just looking for something up that I can drive to I could get the sac fly and it went out.”
The Mariners entered the bottom of the ninth down 4-2. Tyler Smith led off the inning with a single and Justin Smoak pulled a curveball through the fight side for another single. Kyle Seager doubled off the right field wall to cut the lead to 4-3 and set Romero up to be the hero.
But Romero won’t make the team based solely on this game. It’s based on the need of a right-handed bat that can play outfield. He’s shown he can be that for the Mariners.
“He’s been playing well for 2 1/2 weeks now,” McClendon said. “He’s swinging the bat well.”
Randy Wolf gave the Mariners a decent start, going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout.
“He pitched better,” McClendon said. “He was a little more crisp, but he made a couple questionable pitches that you just can’t make. But he pitched better.”
Wolf showed he could work out of minor jams in several innings.
“‘I’d rather see him not get in trouble,” McClendon said. “He’s a veteran guy so I know he knows what he is doing out there. The idea is not to get in trouble.”
Wolf was pleased with the outing.
“For the most part I was pretty happy,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever gone six innings in a spring training outing. That fourth inning I got a little frustrated.”
That inning included a lead-off walk to Nick Punto, who battled out at a 11-pitch walk. Wolf then left a change-up up to Josh Donaldson, deposited it over the wall in right-center.
Wolf then gave up a homer in the sixth to Derek Norris. The low liner was a wall scraper that landed in the Mariners’ bullpen. That ball doesn’t got out of Safeco or O.Co Coliseum.
“That’s not a home run in a April, May or June,” Wolf said.
Some highlights below include a few hits from Morrison and Smoak and Dustin Ackley’s two-run homer to left-center.
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