Sunday’s Game 3 recap: Mariners 8, Padres 3
Player of the Game: Raul Ibanez (pictured) made his presence felt with a three-run blast in the first inning off old pal Freddy Garcia and finished up 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Afterward, the veteran said he feels better than he has in several springs and credited former teammate — and new hitting coach Dave Hansen — with helping in that regard.
Stat of the Game: The Mariners racked up 16 hits, including eight of the extra-base variety, while notching eight runs for a second straight day. It’s early and they’ve only faced the Padres so far in three games, but the offense is looking productive in the early going.
Worth noting: The Mariners have an interesting competition going for backup outfield spots and the prime contenders are making their cases early. Casper Wells, Jason Bay and Ibanez have each homered in the first three games.
Quote of the Game: “It’s kind of different, knowing he’s a Nicaraguan. We’re both fighting for spots, but sorry, I’m going to throw as hard as I can and if you’re going to ge t a base hit, alright, you hit it. But I’m not going to throw it right in the middle
or give you a sign.” — Erasmo Ramirez after getting Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera to pop out leading off the game. They are two of the four Nicaraguans in the Majors.
Next: The Mariners host the Angels on Monday at 12:05 p.m. PT in Peoria with Jeremy Bonderman getting his first start. Bonderman is on the comeback trail after sitting out the past two years with arm problems. Young prospects Brandon Maurer and Andrew Carraway are also among those expected to pitch.
Here’s the link to Sunday’s box score.
Here’s a story I wrote on Danny Hultzen, who has been impressive early in camp and will start Wednesday against the Indians.
And here’s my notebook with all of today’s news from camp.