Monday’s Game 4 recap: Mariners 9, Angels 8
Player of the Game: Young center fielder Francisco Martinez (pictured) tripled in the bottom of the ninth and scored the game-winning run on a base hit by Julio Morban. Martinez, a 22-year-old acquired from the Tigers in the Doug Fister deal, went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Stat of the Game: Catcher John Hicks singled in his lone at-bat, which makes him 5-for-5 now in his Cactus League career. The 2011 fourth-round Draft pick out of Virginia is 3-for-3 this spring and was 2-for-2 with a home run in one game last year when he got brought up for one game as a Minor League addition.
Storyline: The Mariners reserves get credit for this one, scoring seven times in the final three frames to overcome a 7-2 deficit. Jeremy Bonderman gave up a three-run homer to Hank Conger in the first inning as he made his first start since 2010.
Worth noting: One thing the Mariners would love to see is Justin Smoak get off to a nice start and he’s on the right track following a 2-for-2 day with a double. Smoak is hitting a nice .600 in two spring games (3-for-5 with a home run and a double).
Quote of the Game: “That’s the first I’ve seen of those, so I’m sure he’ll be rocking those a lot now since he led off with a homer.” — Dustin Ackley after Brendan Ryan came out wearing high blue socks with three white stripes.
Next: The Mariners play their first road game of the spring as they travel to Maryvale to face the Brewers on Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. PT. Hisashi Iwakuma makes his first start and will be followed by Joe Saunders, who is also expected to be in the rotation this year after signing as a free agent.
Here’s the link to Monday’s box score.
Here’s a story I wrote on reliever Oliver Perez, who was one of baseball’s best comeback stories last year an has become increasingly comfortable in his relief role.
And here’s my notebook, with all the news from Mariners camp today.