Sunday’s Game 16 recap: White Sox 11, Mariners 7
Player of the Game: Michael Morse (pictured) launched his third home run of the spring, a solo shot in the second inning, in a 1-for-3 day that puts his Cactus League average at .308. Morse also played first base for the first time, with manager Eric Wedge saying he just wants some versatility there behind Justin Smoak.
Stat of the Game: The Mariners gave up 17 hits to a White Sox split-squad that was only using two regular starters. Six of those came off young starter Andrew Carraway, but each of Seattle’s seven pitchers gave up at least one hit and this was some of the Mariners best bullpen arms.
Storyline: The White Sox jumped on Carraway for five runs on six hits in the first inning and never looked back, with Charlie Furbush giving up back-to-back homers in the sixth.
Worth noting: The bullpen figures to be one of the team’s strengths, but this wasn’t its best day, particularly after veteran Josh Kinney was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his rib area earlier in the day that will sideline him for several weeks and likely longer.
Quote of the Game: “I’m glad they didn’t get into it with each other, that’s for sure. But
it’s baseball. Every now and again with the competition, adrenaline and
intensity takes over and it gets away from you a little bit. And that’s what it
looked like happened there.”— Eric Wedge on the WBC brawl between Canada and Mexico, with Michael Saunders and Oliver Perez on opposite sides.
Next: Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez will throw four innings each in a Minor League intrasquad game Monday, while the rest of the team is off. The Mariners return to Cactus League play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks at 1:05 p.m. PT in Peoria, with Felix Hernandez scheduled for three innings in his second start of the spring.
Here’s is the link to today’s boxscore.
Here’s my story on Oliver Perez’s return to camp today and his thoughts on the WBC brawl.
And here’s my notebook with all the day’s news from camp, including the first roster cuts that were made after the game.