Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
March 2, 2008 3:30 PM
Posted by Jose Romero
UPDATE: McLaren said in his postgame comments that he has to check on the status of injured pitcher Anderson Garcia, who might have suffered a setback in his return from a right biceps injury while throwing a bullpen session earlier today. I'll check on it tomorrow.
Mariners win it 6-2. Fourteen hits for Seattle. M's are 2-1 in spring training. Brandon Morrow pitched two innings and allowed two hits, a walk and struck out one. Ryan Feierabend was also used in relief and walked three batters in two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Snydro22: Jimenez isn't in the final box score. Charlton Jimerson could be the guy you are thinking of. He came in as a pinch runner in the fifth, stayed in the game in CF and went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.
UPDATE: Hoffman is out of the game. They just gave him the hook. Two runs allowed on four hits, and there are runners at second and third.
Mark Kiger doubles to left, and one out later, Charlton Jimerson drives him in with a doube. It's 4-2 Mariners. McLaren had good things to say about both these young guys on Saturday. They've impressed him. And they probably did just now. As I write that, Bryan LaHair drives in Jimerson with a single to right, and Trevor Hoffman, the future Hall-of-Fame closer for the Padres, has been touched up for two runs this inning. 5-2 Mariners.
3-2 Seattle and the starters have left the game. I almost got hit with a foul ball on the concourse here in Peoria as I was coming back to the press box from the Mariners' clubhouse. Carlos Silva was a pretty good interview.
Bringing Sexy back! Bad joke, sorry. Richie Sexson drives in a run with a hard single to left. He's 2-for-3.
To answer a couple of questions:
Lance: Geoff is taking some vacation time in Hawaii and will be back on March 11 to spring training.
Thanks for the kind words.
Alfonso: Soy de origen mexicano (Chicano por vida!). Naci en Oregon. Pero latinos unidos y arriba boricuas!
And to those who offered me restaurant tips in Arizona, I truly appreciate it.
Scott Hairston leads off against J.J. Putz with a single, smacking what looked like a hanging breaking ball. Then Matt Antonelli, a pinch hitter, reaches base when Sexson fields his ground ball and decides to fire to third base to get Hairston. The throw bounces and the ball gets away from Miguel Cairo at third, and Hairston scores to make it 2-2. But Putz buckles down and retires the next three hitters, two on strikeouts.
Silva is out of the game. 23 total pitches, 14 for strikes. 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. That should satisfy a lot of people.
Silvas breezes, throwing only 10 pitches, eight for strikes. He's victimized by a fly ball lost in the sun by LF Wladimir Balentien, whose defense has been suspect early in spring training game action. But hey, this is Arizona and it's windy today and sunny as usual.
The Mariners bats come alive right away against San Diego star Jake Peavy. No. 2 hitter Bronson Sardinha draws a walk with one out, and after Raul Ibanez is caught looking at strike three, Richie Sexson lashes a base hit to left field. (Forgot to mention before how Ibanez stared at home plate umpire Chris Griffith after the strike three call, then had some words for the ump as he walked back to the dugout). The cheers ring from the stands,as this was Sexson's first real solid hit of the spring and people know how he struggled last season. With runners at first and second, Kenji Johjima rips a ground rule double to drive in Sardinha. Then Mike Morse, the sizzling Mike Morse with four hits and 6 RBI in the past three days, hits a sharp ground ball off Peavy's right leg for an infield hit. Sexson scores. 2-0 Seattle after 1.
Carlos Silva, in his first start as a Mariner in spring training, gets it done in the first in13 pitches. Six were strikes. He walked the leadoff man but came back and got the next batter looking at strike three.
Game on, 1:05 p.m, 69 degrees and windy. Like Safeco in late June.
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