Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
February 28, 2008 12:15 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
Here is another new feature for this season, an open game thread where you can discuss what's going on in the actual game itself. Try to keep the discussions on-point. I'll give you updates on the games here as well.
San Diego Padres (0-0):
14 Jeff DaVanon CF
13 Oscar Robles 2B
5 Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
23 Adrian Gonzalez 1B
28 Josh Bard C
33 Jody Gerut RF
16 Chase Headley LF
64 Chip Ambres DH
2 Luis Rodriguez SS
54 Tim Stauffer RHP
21 Heath Bell RHP
43 Cla Meredith RHP
51 Trevor Hoffman RHP
59 Jared Wells RHP
50 Joe Thatcher LHP
38 Glendon Rusch LHP
37 Mike Gardner RHP
51 Ichiro Suzuki CF
3 Jose Vidro DH
6 Brad Wilkerson RF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
39 Bryan LaHair 1B
12 Mike Morse LF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
15 Jamie Burke C
16 Willie Bloomquist SS
56 Jarrod Washburn LHP
43 Miguel Batista RHP
41 R.A. Dickey RHP
59 Eric O'Flaherty LHP
35 Brandon Morrow RHP
46 Sean White RHP
31 Ryan Feierabend LHP
MARINERS 10, PADRES 3
2:45 p.m. -- Cruise control the rest of the way for the Mariners, who take the game by a 10-3 score. Eric O'Flaherty caused some heart palpatations in the dugout when he dove for a soft popup along the third base line. The ball dropped in fair territory for a single.
"You don't like stuff like that,'' Mariners manager John McLaren said of watching his situational lefty leave his feet in the first spring training game. "But that's where his heart is.''
McLaren liked what he saw out of R.A. Dickey, despite his giving up that RBI single. McLaren thought Jamie Burke called things correctly when he briefly caught Dickey in that big San Diego fifth. Dickey saw that Rob Johnson, who took over in the sixth behind the plate, did OK despite juggling several pitches.
"A couple of times, they hit off the palm of his glove,'' Dickey said. "It's the ones that get by you and roll away that give you trouble.''
1:56 p.m. -- The Mariners just put up a seven-spot in the sixth to blow this game open, 10-3.
Jeremy Reed just hit a three-run homer to right center off lefty Joe Thatcher, followed by a two-run blast to left by Rob Johnson to make it an 8-3 game. Reed caught a break in that, moments earlier, the first base umpire, Rob Drake, blew a call on what should have been a Reed double down the right field line. The ball appeared to land inside the line but was ruled foul. Reed had a few words with Drake. Moments later, he sent the Thatcher pitch soaring over the fence. Blown calls rarely work out that well.
Johnson later tagged Thatcher as well, giving Seattle the five-run inning. Haven't seen a Thatcher roughed up that badly since Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands back when Maggie was still the British Prime Minister. She got some quick revenge though, unlike today's Thatcher, who is off to the showers while Glendon Rusch comes on to pitch.
Jeff Clement doubled home another run and Wladimir Balentien brought one more in with a single.
To answer a question in the comments thread, it was Johnson catching Dickey for the most part and he fumbled quite a few pitches.
1:40 p.m. -- R.A. Dickey got through a perfect sixth on two flyouts and a strikeout.
1:37 p.m. -- Lots of info to catch you up on. Been down in the clubhouse interviewing Jarrod Washburn. It's now a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning. The M's scored three in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead, but the Padres came right back to tie it with three in the fifth off Miguel Batista.
Seattle scored when Adrian Beltre and Bryan LaHair notched singles, then Mike Morse doubled both home on a ball misjudged by Padres center fielder Jeff Davannon. Jose Lopez then doubled in Morse.
But Batista struggled to start the fifth, yielding two singles and a walk to load the bases. An RBI groundout by Luis Gonzalez got the Padres on the board. DaVannon then walked and R.A. Dickey came on to relieve Batista. Oscar Robles flied out to shallow right. But then pinch hitter Brian Myrow singled to right. Wladimir Balentien misplayed the ball, allowing a second run to score on the play to tie the game.
12:47 p.m. -- No, this game is not on TV, to the person who asked. Miguel Batista breezed through a 1-2-3 third inning, getting a foul pop-out, a strikeout and a grounder to short. But Padres pitcher Heath Bell, now on the mound to replace Tim Stauffer, got Jamie Burke to pop out, Willie Bloomquist to fly out to right and Ichiro to ground out. Still scoreless after three.
12:33 p.m. -- Might want to scratch Bryan LaHair off the list of potential Mariner speedsters. LaHair just became the first Mariner to get thrown out by a long ways this spring, something we warned you could happen with this extra focus on aggressiveness. He led off the bottom of the second with a walk, then was easily thrown out trying to steal second. Mike Morse struck out and Jose Lopez flied out to right.
Jarrod Washburn got through the second inning, allowing just an infield hit to Jody Gerut with one out. Washburn then struck out Chase Headley and got Chip Ambres to pop up, calling everyone off and catching it himself.
Miguel Batista is now on the mound to start the third. Kenny G is somewhere playing...hopefully not "Taps''.
12:18 p.m. -- We're through a pretty quick first inning already, with the game still scoreless. Jarrod Washburn retired the side in the top of the first, catching Jeff DaVannon looking at a third strike, getting Oscar Robles to fly out to left and then -- after hitting Kevin Kouzmanoff with a pitch -- retiring Adrian Gonzalez on a fly to center that Ichiro snagged while fighting off a strong sun glare.
Brad Wilkerson doubled to center off Tim Stauffer with two out in the bottom of the inning. Nice debut with the M's for him. But Adrian Beltre flew out to right to end the inning.
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