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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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March 6, 2008 2:45 PM

Game on from Maryvale

Posted by Jose Romero

Game over, M's win, 5-2. They're 4-3 in Cactus League play.

Notes
-Ryan Feierabend was the winning pitcher after throwing two scoreless innings in relief of Hernandez. Cesar Jimenez picked up the save with a perfect ninth and the Mariners' relievers did not allow a hit over five innings after Hernandez left the game.
-Carlos Silva is tomorrow's starting pitcher in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs.
-Mike Morse was 1-for-4 (double) and is now batting. 533 in the spring (8-for15).
-3B Adrian Beltre had to leave the game with a sore thumb from a ground ball off his hand.
-C Adam Moore, a sixth-round draft pick in 2006 and non-roster invitee, played in his first spring training game and doubled in his only at-bat.
-Former Mariners pitcher Floyd Bannister has been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class for 2008. Bannister played at Arizona State from 1974-1976.
-Former major-league manager Whitey Herzog made an appearance at Mariners camp Thursday morning.
-Former Mariner Mike Cameron went 0-for-3 in the game.

Bottom 8th

UPDATE: Another hit for Mike Morse, who is now 1-for-4 today and is now 8-for-15 in the spring, 2 doubles.
After Norton's blast, it's 5-2 Seattle. Norton has 3 RBI today as he tries to make his case to make the roster.


Top 6

With the bases loaded and one out, Greg Norton hits a deep sacrifice fly to right. A run scores, but more importantly, all the runners moved up, even Miguel Cairo from from first to second. And that is pivotal, as Matt Tuiasosopo, pinch-hitting for Beltre, rips a single to left field, scoring Bloomquist and Cairo. 3-2 M's.


Ben: The M's have nothing going on offense. Two hits, both singles and no one having advanced past first.

End 4th

Hernandez strikes out the side, getting our favorite Brewer of the day, Hart, looking on the final pitch of the inning. Hernandez has thrown 47 total pitches, 34 for strikes. I believe he's done for the day at this point. Pretty commanding performance when he didn't throw mistake pitches. Gave up the two HRs, but fanned five in four innings.


End 3rd

Another rocket shot of a home run off the bat of Rickie Weeks off Hernandez. He turned on the pitch and drove it out of there in a hurry to the berm in left field, maybe 375-380 feet. 2-0 Milwaukie.


End 2nd

Hernandez retired the side in order after the homer. He has thrown only 21 pitches.

Bottom 2

Let me tell you, Ryan Braun from the Brewers just crushed a Hernandez pitch at least 410 feet. It was high up the wall in CF. I mean straightaway and off the corrugated wall above the yellow home run line. 1-0 Milwaukee.


Bottom 1

Felix Hernandez needs just 9 pitches to set down the Brew Crew in order. Seven were strikes. Prince Fielder for the Brewers looked pretty funny running in his super-baggy pants to first base. He's a big dude.

Another beautiful day, but I think they said it was only 65 degrees. It was also just announced that in Milwaukee, its 28.

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