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March 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Cactus League Finale!!! Mariners at Rockies

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Here’s the upcoming probables (remember they are always subject to change) ….

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If it stays this way, James Paxton would start the home opener on Tuesday, April 8.

A few things … 

As expected, the Mariners have placed Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor on the 15-day disabled list. Because none of them pitching in an “A” game, they can be retroactive to March 21.

Expect the regulars to play about three innings and then be done for the day.

The Mariners will have a 4 p.m. workout on Sunday at Angels Stadium.


Our special section runs in the paper tomorrow … Here’s the cover, which was designed by Rich Boudet and the photo by Dean Rutz.


First inning

Brad Miller drew a one-out walk off of Franklin Morales, but nothing came of it.

Miller booted the first ball of the game – a grounder from Charlie Blackmon. A few pitches later Blackmon stole second base on Young. Catcher Mike Zunino had no chance. That’s one thing to remember with Young. Because he’s a legit 6-10, he’s slow to the plate out of the stretch. Jeff Sullivan pointed out this stat the other day – baserunners have successfully stolen 162 bases in 179 attempts with Young on the hill.

With Blackmon on second, Carlos Gonzalez hammered a ball to right field that Stefen Romero made a nice half-leaping catch up against the wall.

Mariners 0, Rockies 0

Second inning

The Mariners are on the board. Justin Smoak and Romero drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. Kyle Seager singled home Smoak. But that was all the runs they would get. Mike Zunino struck out, Romero was thrown at home trying to score from third on an Ackley ground ball in the infield. Abraham Almonte drew a walk, but Miller grounded out to end the inning.

Three fly ball outs for Young.

Mariners 1, Rockies 0

Third inning

The Mariners got runners on first and second with two outs – Corey Hart reached on an error with one out and Romero had a two-out single, but Seager grounded out to first to end the inning.

As expected, many of the regulars are done early. Seager, Miller, Cano and Smoak are all out. Nate Tenbrink goes to third, Jack Reinheimer is at shortstop, Willie B is at second base and Logan Morrison is at first base.

Young finds some trouble in the third inning. With one out, he hit DJ LeMahieu with a pitch and gave up a single to Charlie Blackmon. But he came back to get Cuddyer to fly out and struck out Gonzalez.

Mariners 1, Rockies 0

Fourth inning

Dustin Ackley reached on an error, but pinch runner Jabari Blash was picked off.

Young gave up a bloop single to Justin Morneau and ground rule double to Nolan Arenado with one out, but he got of the jam when Logan Morrison made a leaping grab on Corey Dickerson’s hard line drive. Morrison then tossed the ball to second to double off Arenado.

Mariners 1, Rockies 0

Fifth inning

Mariners go down in order 1-2-3.

Young gets two quick pop outs, but then gives up a single to Blackmon. He’s pulled after 63 pitches (44 strikes). Stephen Kohlscheen comes on to end the inning. Young’s line … 4 2/3 scoreless innings, four hits and two strikeouts. Young is throwing in the bullpen to get his pitch count where it needs to be -right around 75-80

Sorry for the long delay on the game blog … Chris Young apparently does a 45 minute bike session after he gets done. We got all the way out there and had two wait.

While I was gone, the Rockies tied the game off of Charlie Furbush and took the lead off of Joe Beimel.




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