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March 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Cactus League game #31 — Mariners at Rangers

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First inning

Colby Lewis sets down the Mariners 1-2-3, striking out Brad Miller and Robinson Cano.

Erasmo Ramirez also works a 1-2-3 inning, including a strike out of Shin Soo-Choo.

Second inning

Nick Franklin ripped a two-out double to left, but was stranded at second base. Talked with Franklin briefly this morning about playing right field. He kind of shrugged it off as not much a big deal.

Ramirez struck out Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios, gave up a single to Mitch Moreland and struck out JP Arenicibia.

Sorry for the delay. I got a call from someone who was interested in Franklin’s time in the outfield. Added his thoughts to the blog post. 

Third inning

The Mariners got a couple runners on base with two outs. But Cano flew out to end the inning.

Ramirez surrendered a one-out double to Adam Rosales but worked his way out of trouble.

Still 0-0

 Fourth inning

It’s the Rangers last day in Arizona, and most of the regulars are coming out of the game now.

Michael Saunders reached with a one-out bunt hit, but nothing came of it.

Ramirez racked up two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning.

Fifth inning

Willie Ballgame had a lead-off single, but he was erased by John Buck’s double play. M’s still scoreless.

Another 1-2-3 inning for Erasmo.

Sixth inning

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead. Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer to right field and Dustin Ackley lined a baseball off of pitcher Daniel McCutchen to score Michael Saunders.

The lead was short-lived. Ramirez gave up a single and was lifted for Charlie Furbush. The lanky lefty gave up two straight singles and then a three-run homer to Kevin Kouzmanoff. Rangers lead 4-3

Erasmo’s line … 5 innings pitched, one run on three hits with six strikeouts and a wild pitch.

Seventh inning

John Buck doubled to lead off the inning, but Endy Chavez popped up a bunt and Chris Taylor and Jabari Blash struck out.

Joe Beimel came in and gave up a double and a walk. A sac bunt moved the runners over and then an error by Willie Bloomquist allowed a run to score. Rangers now lead 5-3.

Eighth inning

The M’s go down in order. And Danny Farquhar will pitch the bottom of the order for Seattle

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