Alright, this is coming way late today. I had to finish up a story for the paper and that kept me from blogging during the game.
A crowd of 7,855
Junior watch: He was 0-for-3 with a two ground outs and a strikeout.
The Mariners closing candidates left a little to be desired.
Miguel Batista allowed three runs on three hits in a five-run fourth inning.
Roy Corcoran worked a scoreless fifth inning, but in the sixth Mark Lowe got knocked around giving up three runs on four hits and only getting two outs before being lifted.
Shawn Kelley has actually better than all three.
Perhaps David Aardsma should be brought back into the closing mix. He's certainly has the stuff to do so and has looked strong this spring.
The Mariners only run so far came in the seventh on back-to-back doubles from Matt Tuiasosopo and Russell Branyan.
Yuni Betancourt had a double and a triple, but seemed to be favoring his hamstring a bit on the triple.
The Mariners fall to 6-3-1, while the Cubs improve to 7-8.
The Cubs broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the top of the fourth inning off starter Garrett Olson (2 runs) and reliever Miguel Batista (3 runs). Chicago added three more runs in the top of the seventh off right-hander Mark Lowe (0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R).
The Mariners scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo led off with a double to the left field gap and scored on a double down the right field line by first baseman Russell Branyan.
* Starting pitcher Garrett Olson allowed 3 hits and 2 runs in 3.0 innings (+ 2 batters)...he did not allow a run in his first 3.0 innings of work.
* Yuniesky Betancourt went 2-for-2 with a double and triple in his two plate appearances.
* Roy Corcoran (1.0 IP), David Aardsma (1.0 IP), Shawn Kelley (1.1 IP) and Randy Messenger (1.0 IP) each contributed scoreless relief efforts.
* Franklin Gutierrez recorded 8 putouts in center field.
The Mariners return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 11) facing the Kansas City Royals on the road in Surprise. Left-hander Erik Bedard (1-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Mariners against former Mariner right-hander Gil Meche.