Going to try something different with the Cactus League games for the blog and the paper. This is info I'm typing up for the paper, so I figure I will give you it immediately. I will also add videos and extra info as needed.
On a frigid day with temperatures in the low 50s and the wind blowing over 25 miles per hour making it feel colder, the Mariners bats remained red hot, scoring eight runs for the second straight day. Seattle banged around former Mariner and Padres starter Freddy Garcia for five runs on five hits in the first inning and never looked back. Garcia gave up five straight hits to start the game including a three-run homer to Raul Ibanez. Mariners’ pitching was pretty solid early on, allowing just
Play of the game
With runners on first and second, Ibanez sat on a 0-1 sinker from his old friend and teammate Garcia and crushed deep into right field.
“I thought he might throw something else,” Ibanez said. “He has great forkball/split thing and I thought he might throw it there.”
But getting hits of Garcia isn’t something unfamiliar to Ibanez. In 38 regular seasons career plate appearances against Garcia, Ibanez is hitting .559 (19-for-34) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and 10 RBIs.
“It was a long time ago,” said Ibanez, who was teammates with Garcia in Seattle and most recently New York. “I haven’t faced him in a while. I got lucky a few times off of him.”
Who was hot
Mariners’ hitters continue to be hot. Seattle banged out eight runs on 16 hits with seven doubles and a homer. Seattle scored eight runs on 10 hits on Saturday.
Who was not
Padres’ starting pitching is far from hot. Garcia pitched one inning allowing four earned runs on five hits and needing 34 pitches do so. Meanwhile top pitching prospect Casey Kelly, who is in contention for a starting rotation spot, didn’t make it out of his second inning of work. He faced 12 hitters, gave up three runs on seven hits with a wakl and two strikeouts.
“The idea is to build consistency. But I definitely feel better this spring than I have the last couple springs at the plate.” – Raul Ibanez.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that he expects shortstop Brendan Ryan and Dustin Ackley to start in today’s game. Both players are recovering from offseason surgeries and were held out of the first three games as a precautionary major. … Mike Zunino showed some impressive speed for a catcher, scoring from first on a double from Nick Franklin in the fifth inning.
After three straight games, the Mariners will finally face someone other than the Padres. They will host their American League West rival Los Angeles Angels at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will get the start on the mound for Seattle. This is Bonderman’s first appearance of spring training. Injuries have kept him out of baseball for the last two seasons. He last pitched in 2010. Touted pitching prospect Brandon Maurer is also scheduled to pitch as well. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. The game will not be broadcast on local radio.