Hitting coach Alan Cockrell was asked what he'd like to see in the first game of spring and he didn't have to think long.
"About 17 hits and a lot of RBI," Cockrell said.
Well, after Doug Fister spotted the San Francisco Giants a 3-0 first-inning lead, the Seattle Mariners came right back against Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum - with Ken Griffey Jr. Jose Lopez and Casey Kotchman driving in the runs that tied it at 3.
So much for a quick first inning!
Fister came out for a 1-2-3 second inning, striking out the side to end his day of work, but Lincecum only pitched the first.
Does it mean much? No, but for the fans here in Peoria, the fact that the Mariners could get down quick to an ace, then jump right back into he game has folks cheering.
- Is it possible to be a team MVP without swinging the bat? Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley have each walked twice in as many innings, and Griffey walked to load 'em up with two outs against Osiris Matos. Mariners left 'em loaded.
- Third inning: Chris Seddon gives up a single, wild pitches a runner to second base - then allows an RBI single to break the tie. Hits you live with. Wild pitches that set up runs? Not so much.
- Mr. Bradley, meet the Arizona sun. On a one-out fly ball to left center, Bradley got to the ball then appeared to lose it as it landed behind him. Two-run double. Seddon isn't pitching well, and now he's unlucky, too. Giants lead in the fourth, 7-3.
- Ichiro madness? After he singled into left field, Ichiro took second base on a Figgins ground all, then stole third. The Mariners stranded him.
- The Mariners apparently have found the perfect place for Jose Lopez. In five innings of an intrasquad game, then five more today, he has had one grounder hit to him at third base. He just made the play.
- Talke to Mr. Griffey in the clubhouse and he wanted to talk about his second-inning walk. "The peepers are working!" Griffey said happily. It's 7-4, Giants, in the sixth.
- Big Brad Nelson drew a two-out walk, and when Matt Tuiasosopo doubled into the left field corner, Nelson - all 6-foot-2, 260 pounds of him - thundered around the bases and scored. After six: Giants 7, Mariners 5.
- Seattle tied it in the ninth on RBI from Dustin Ackley and Jack Hannahan, then lost it in the ninth inning when a minor leaguer brought over for just such an occasion loaded the bases with no one out.
The Mariners start the spring 0-1. But they are entertaining, and Junior's peepers are working ...