Saturday’s Game 15 recap: Dodgers 3, Mariners 2
Player of the Game: Jon Garland (pictured) continued strengthening his bid to land a rotation berth with one run and two hits in three innings of work. It was the veteran’s longest start yet as he returns from rotator cuff surgery that has sidelined him since 2011. Garland has a 1.50 ERA (one run and five hits in six innings) and said he felt strong and healthy, as well as bolstered mentally by throwing multiple innings without any issues.
Stat of the Game: For the first time in 15 Cactus League games, the Mariners were held without a home run. The club still leads all Major League teams with 30 long balls, but this time they lost on a two-run HR by Alex Castellanos off Yoervis Medina in the seventh inning. It was just the 10th home run this spring by the Dodgers.
Storyline: The Mariners out-hit the Dodgers 11-7, but went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position in scoring just two runs, their lowest output of the spring.
Worth noting: The Mariners went with a starting nine that closely resembled what we figure to see on Opening Day, though catcher Jesus Montero played in a morning “B” game and Michael Saunders is playing in the WBC for Canada. The batting order remains an experiment, however, as Eric Wedge went again with Franklin Gutierrez in the leadoff spot, but this time hit Kyle Seager second and dropped Dustin Ackley down to seventh. Gutierrez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and is hitting .368 this spring.
Quote of the Game: “We’re looking at him as a guy in here competing to make our club. He’s been very impressive. I think today was his best day and he continues to push forward.”—Eric Wedge on Jon Garland’s comeback bid.
Next: Right-hander Andrew Carraway gets his first Cactus League start and is scheduled for two innings when the Mariners host the White Sox at 1:05 p.m. PT in Peoria.
Here’s is a link to today’s boxscore.
And here’s my daily notebook with all the news from camp.