Thursday’s recap: Mariners split two games

RomeroStephenPlayer of the Day: Young second baseman Stefen Romero (pictured) went 4-for-5 with two home runs – a grand slam and a three-run bomb – along with a double and seven RBIs in the Mariners’ 12-2 victory over the Royals in Surprise. Romero, who hit .352 with 23 home runs while splitting last season between A and AA ball, is one of the organization’s brighter hitting prospects and showed why as he raised his spring average to .500 (7-for-14) with his monster day

Stat of the Day: The Mariners launched four more home runs Thursday – three in the win over the Royals and one in a 7-3 loss to the A’s in the other half of the split-squad day – and now have 30 in 14 games this spring. The club totaled 28 homers in 26 Cactus League games last year. Romero had two and Casper Wells one against K.C., while Robert Andino went deep against the A’s. That makes 18 different players contributing to the 30-homer total.

Storyline: Felix Hernandez made his Cactus League debut, allowing one run on two hits in two innings while throwing 33 pitches against the Royals and Hisashi Iwakuma continued his strong spring start with three scoreless innings with just one hit. Brandon Maurer also had another strong showing with three innings of one-run ball against the A’s. That pitching would have carried the day until young Romero stole the show with his bat.

Worth noting: Wells continued his strong week with a four-RBI game of his own against the Royals, giving him nine runs batted in over his past two games. The 28-year-old outfielder leads the club with 12 RBIs this spring while hitting .259 in eight games.

Quote of the Game: “It’s all word of mouth. It’ll get back to them. No matter who is watching, you just have to go out and perform.”—Romero after a reporter noted his big game came while manager Eric Wedge was at the other split-squad game and didn’t see it.

Next: Hector Noesi makes his fourth appearance – and second start – of the spring at 1:05 p.m. MT (12:05 p.m. PT) when Seattle hosts the A’s in Peoria. Noesi is slated to throw two innings, followed by Kameron Loe, Chance Ruffin, Jhonny Nunez, Jonathan Arias, Danny Farquhar, Bobby LaFromboise and Brian Moran.

Here’s the boxscore from the 12-2 win over the Royals.

Here’s the boxscore from the 7-3 loss to the A’s.

Here’s my story on Felix and his first outing of the spring.

And here’s today’s notebook, with all the news from Mariners camp.

5 Comments

Greg do you think any chance Romero starts in Tacoma and any chance he can play outfield ?

I think there’s a good chance Romero could wind up in Tacoma, though his strained oblique muscle today could affect that situation. We’ll have to see how long he’s going to be out. Sometimes those are tricky injuries.

The Mariners are open to him playing in the outfield, but definitely were focusing on using him in the infield at second and third so far this spring. The big thing is to develop enough versatility to get his bat in the lineup somewhere because he clearly is intriguing offensively.

Dude! It was amazing seeing romero go long & strong & then see him make the Game ending play too!
Another sign that Seattle’s future is lookin’ bright!
Keep Risin’ Romey!!!
We’re havin’ a blast whatchin’!
d;-)

I personally think Noesi is pitching himself into the odd duck out…especially if he has another hard outing tomorrow……I think there is potential there, but he isn’t in the right place at present to develope it.
Time will tell, but my money is on him not coming out of ST on the 25M…
Just my 2 cents….
(which is currently at the excahge rate of mor like .06 of a cent…;-)

I’m also still pulling for Lord Farquhar to do good…Just ’cause I like saying “Lord Farquhar” …..
That & of course ’cause he’s a Mariner….. ;-)

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