It was one of those games that will happen during spring training. The Mariners and Indians combined for 15 runs and 34 hits in a marathon that took thee hours and 14 minutes. Twenty players registered hits with 11 players collecting more than one hit. Three players had three hits – two of them were Mariners. Blake Beavan gave up 16 of those hits and seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
The Mariners got a huge scare when Jesus Montero was struck on the side of the head by Francisco Lindor’s backswing in the second inning. Montero lay in the fetal position for several minutes not moving. He was helped up and eventually carted off the field. The Mariners said he did not suffer a concussion, but did have a nasty welt on the side of his forehead.
Play of the game
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There may have been too many to choose for the Indians, but for the Mariners’ Raul Ibanez crushed a two-run homer to deep right-center off of lefty Scott Kazmir for his fourth homer of the spring. It was the Mariners 48th homer of the spring – the most in major league baseball. Ibanez went 3-for-4 on the day.
Who was hot
Justin Smoak continues to hit well this spring. The big first baseman went 3-for-4 with two doubles – one from each side of the plate - and a single and a RBI. Smoak reaised his batting average to .408 (20-for-49). He has seven doubles, four homers and 11 RBI this spring.
Who was not
Casper Wells continues to struggle since missing time with a sore neck. The outfielder, who is fighting to make a spot, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a hit-by-pitch. His batting average dropped to .188 (9-for-48) with 17 strikeouts. Wells is just 2-for-25 with 10 strikeouts after missing a few days with stiff neck. Of his nine hits this spring, five of them came in back-to-back games right before he was injured.
“You evaluate everything – the good days and the not so good days. You figure out why. You have the conversations you need to have. We assess everything in the entirety.” – Eric Wedge on assessing Blake Beavan’s outing affecting his chances in the rotation.
Indians outfielder Matt Carson also needed to be carted off the field after he fell head first into the chain link fence in right field. Carson tried to make a leaping grab on Kyle Seager’s line drive over his head. He stumbled and couldn’t regain his footing and careened into the fence. He suffered a nasty cut on his forehead and a neck strain, according to the Indians.
The Mariners travel to Salt River Field to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in an afternoon game. Lefty Joe Saunders will make the start against his former team. Danny Farquhar, Oliver Perez, Lucas Luetge and Kameron Loe are also scheduled to pitch. Lefty Wade Miley is scheduled to start for Arizona. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. and will be broadcast live on 710-AM.