News flash, a Mariners pitcher made it through an inning without walking someone.
Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched a scoreless first inning and threw plenty of strikes.
Here's an update from the WBC game played earlier today in Miami. Venezuela prevailed 3-1.
Carlos Silva started and was the winning pitcher: going 7 innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out four. Of his 79 pitches; 58 were strikes.
Endy Chavez was 1-for-4 with a triple and run scored. He led off the game with a triple and scored the first run.
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Jose Lopez hit a solo home run.
For the Netherlands, prospect Greg Halman was 0-for-2 with 2 Ks.
UPDATE 1:40: Prentice Redman gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead on soft single to right scoring Chris Shelton, but the best part of the inning was Ryan Rowland-Smith getting a base hit through the left side of the infield. Rowland-Smith, who was nervous about hitting in the game, tried soliciting pregame advice from people even sports writers since he hadn't taken an at-bat since he was 17 years old.
But he looked like a seasoned veteran, taking a strike and then going with the next pitch hitting a sharp ground ball between third baseman Christian Colonel and shortstop Clint Barmes.
Later in the inning Rowland-Smith showed off his base running skills scoring from second on Ronny Cedeno's infield hit. Redman scored from first and Rowland-Smith never hesitated rounding third when Rockies SS Clint Barmes tried to make a leaping throw to first on the ground ball deep in the hole. Rockies first baseman Todd Helton fired home, but RRS skipped in about a half second in front of the tag, choosing not to slide.
UPDATE 2:16: RRS is now 2-for-2, slapping a line drive single to right Tony Gwynn style. Of course, he almost just got picked off first. He later scored on Ronny Cedeno's deep homer to left.
UPDATE: 3:39 - had to finish up the story and talk to RRS a little. He was obviously very ecstatic with his day. A few things, he took BP on a back field with Don Wakamatsu pitching and he was "horrible" according to both himself and Jeff Clement, who lent RRS a bat and had to hit after him in BP.
"I don't think he even touched one," Clement said. "The ball would hit the backstop before he would start to swing. I didn't think I was going to be able to hit after watching after that."
UPDATE 4:04 -- Here's an update about yesterday's single game ticket sales from Mariners director of public info Rebecca Hale.
"Tickets for Opening Day sold out in 55 minutes today. One of the quickest Opening Day sellouts in several years."