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March 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Cactus League game #30: Mariners at Royals

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First inning

Abraham Almonte led off with a single up the middle on a bouncing ball. He scooted to second on a wild pitch by Royals’ starter Bruce Chen. Stefen Romero moved him to third with a single to left field. And Justin Smoak scored Almonte with a hard single to short just off the glove of Alcides Escobar.

The Mariners’ lead didn’t last long. Nori Aoki led off the bottom of the inning with a single off of Mariners’ starter Felix Hernandez. Billy Butler moved him to third with a two-out single.  Alex Gordon then hammered a double to right field to score both runs.

Royals 2, Mariners 1

 Second inning

Mike Zunino tied the game with his second homer of the spring – a hard hit screamer over the wall in left field. Abraham Almonte made an out but it was a hard line drive, something the Mariners want to see, particularly with him batting from the right side.

Felix works a 1-2-3 inning.

Mariners 2, Royals 2

Third inning

So the Mariners “hung a crooked number on the scoreboard” as the old timers like to say, scoring six runs in the third. Brad Miller led off the inning with a double, Stefen Romero followed with a two-run homer to right-center, Nick Franklin, Dustin Ackley and Almonte each had RBI hits and Zunino drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.

Felix showed no issues from the long top half of the inning. He got a ground ball out, struck out Escobar and then struck out Eric Hosmer looking. Hosmer was so unhappy he got ejected. They then had to delay the start of the inning because Hosmer was taking his time walking out of the stadium down the right field line. He even had a few things to say to the third base ump as well.

Mariners 8, Royals 2

Fourth inning

The Mariners continued to beat up Bruce Chen. Brad Miller doubled to right-center off the wall and Stefen Romero scored him with a single up the middle. That’s a total of nine runs given up.

Felix cruised through the inning in order.

Mariners 9, Royals 2

Fifth inning

Mariners go down in order against reliever Francisly Bueno.

Felix Hernandez gives up a one-out double to Lorenzo Cain and a two-out double to Nori Aoki for a run. But that’s it. He’s done for the day. He pitched five innings giving up three runs on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

 Sixth inning

Brad Miller got his third hit of the game, but the inning ended on Romero’s 6-4-3 double play.

The Royals get another run back against reliever Dom Leone. Salvador Perez, also known as the best catcher in the AL, hammers an RBI double on a 95 mph fastball from Leone into left field to score a run.

Mariners 9, Royals 4

Seventh inning 

So in an interesting development, Nick Franklin is in right field. Apparently, he has been catching some fly balls in right field the past few days. I have no idea what this means bey0nd today’s game. I guess we’ll have to ask McClendon about it at some point.

Eighth inning

 

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