Well, the first game I cover and the Mariners score nine runs. I can think of stretches of games last season where they didn't score nine runs combined.
How did they do it?
Well, the Mariners got hit three homers - snapping a seven-game homerless streak.
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Who broke the streak?
Obviously, Jack Wilson (above) doesn't come to mind. But the light-hitting shortstop punched a fastball out to left-center. Yes, the ball does carry better in Arizona, but it went out over 385. So it was hit well. Not that we should expect that to happen from Wilson too often this season. Jack Cust hit his first homer of the spring, a two-run bomb to right-center off of lefty Wilkin De La Rosa.
But the biggest hit of the day belonged to third base prospect Alex Liddi, who ripped a grand slam on a line drive homer to left.
Wilson made his second start at second base this spring and looked solid. But he wasn't exactly tested either.
“Jack had a good ball game,” Manager Eric Wedge said. “He didn’t have many opportunities, but he handled the ones he did have.”
The opportunities were all pretty basic plays. Wilson has yet to make plays where he has to move a lot to his right or left. There were no double play opportunities and he hasn't had to move in bunt coverage.
Here's my story that talks about Wilson adjusting to playing a new position.
Wilson will likely play second base again today and then play shortstop for three or four games and then go back to second for a handful of game.
I think if the season started tomorrow, Wilson would be at shortstop and Brendan Ryan would be at second base. But if Wilson becomes more comfortable, it's possible Wedge would make the switch.
Doug Fister looked pretty good today facing basically the Dodgers every day lineup. He pitched four innings, allowing just one run on two hits and struck out four. The one run came on a solo homer from Rod Barajas, who reached out and muscled a changeup left up in the zone over the wall in left. There is no way that ball is out in Safeco or most parks in baseball.
RHP Chris Ray has a sore calf, and the Mariners had him throw in a simulated game where Wedge said they "could control the environment." LHP Erik Bedard will start today against the Angels and Wedge said he is hoping Bedard can go three innings.