Friday’s game 1 recap: Padres 9, Mariners 3
Cactus League play got underway Friday with a 9-3 victory for the Padres in front of 5,495 fans at Peoria Stadium. I’ll do recaps of all the preseason games with some quick highlights every day from a Mariners perspective:
Player of the Game: Casper Wells (pictured at right) helped himself in his battle for a backup outfielder’s job with a two-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth to provide a good chunk of the Mariners’ offensive production on a day they totaled five hits.
Stat of the Game: Hector Noesi needed 42 pitches to get two outs in the first inning, which told a large story in this one. Noesi’s bid to compete for a rotation spot already seemed difficult and he didn’t help himself by getting hit hard during a six-run frame that saw four hits, four walks and an error by Raul Ibanez on a ball he lost in the sun in left field.
Worth noting: Michael Morse got three at-bats (going 1-for-3) and stayed in right field for six innings, while all the other Mariners starters got two plate appearances and came out after four or five frames. Why? Eric Wedge said Morse asked if he could get a third at-bat and the skipper was happy to comply.
Quote of the Game: “There’s no doubt there were a couple stumbles, but hopefully people can cut the Mariners a little slack and hopefully they’ll cut the new broadcaster a little slack, too. I have a feeling tomorrow when we go to do this again, I’ll be a lot calmer and a lot more relaxed.” — New Mariners radio man Aaron Goldsmith after his debut.
Next: The Mariners and Padres play again at 12:05 p.m. PT with Blake Beavan getting the start. I’ve got a story today on his new delivery, which he hopes will take better advantage of his 6-foot-7 height. Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker are also among the pitchers expected to each thrown one inning.
Here’s a link to Friday’s box score.
And finally, check out this video of Michael Saunders turning the tables on Rick Rizzs and interviewing the Mariners play-by-play man this morning.