Wednesday’s Game 12 recap: Brewers 7, Mariners 6
Player of the Game: Erasmo Ramirez (pictured) continued his excellent spring with three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out three after replacing Blake Beavan in the fourth. The 22-year-old Nicaraguan has given up just four hits and nary a run in six innings in his first three outings.
Stat of the Game: The Mariners’ home-run parade continued with long balls by Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales, making it nine straight games when Seattle has cranked out two or more bombs. The club upped its MLB-leading home run total to 26 in 12 games.
Storyline: All good things must come to an end, including a 10-game Cactus League winning streak that was the longest in franchise history for a single season. The Mariners held a 6-3 lead until reliever Josh Kinney gave up three runs in the seventh and Charlie Furbush allowed the go-ahead home run in the eighth.
Worth noting: Manager Eric Wedge went with Franklin Gutierrez in the leadoff role for the first time in a game in which Dustin Ackley was also playing, acknowledging that is a scenario he’s taking a good look at now with the veteran Gutierrez off to such a strong start. Gutierrez doubled and scored in the fifth and all five of his hits this spring have gone for extra bases (three home runs and two doubles).
Quote of the Game: “”You can say it’s spring or say whatever, but you still have to hit the ball and play the game. I think half of the way we’re playing is because
guys are relaxed and confident and they’re believing in their abilities. And
everybody is playing within their abilities. It’s something we have to remember,
bottle up and carry over to the season.” – Outfielder Michael Morse on the hot offensive start.
Next: Felix Hernandez makes his first start of the spring in a split-squad game against the Royals in Surprise at 1:05 p.m. MT (12:05 p.m. PT). He’s slated to throw two innings, with Hisashi Iwakuma throwing the next three. The other half of the Mariners head to Phoenix at the same time to face the A’s, with Brandon Maurer the first of nine pitchers scheduled to throw one inning each.
Here’s the link to today’s box score.
Here’s my feature today on outfielder Casper Wells, who is in a tough competition for an outfield job this spring.
And here’s today’s notebook, with all the news from Mariners camp.