Saturday’s Game 20 recap: Mariners 5, Rockies 2

MoralesSmile1 Player of the Game: Kendrys Morales (pictured) continued showing what he can bring to the middle of the Mariners lineup with a 2-for-3 day that included his third home run of the spring. Morales is batting .371 this spring and looking like the offensive force the Mariners were hoping for when they traded Jason Vargas to the Angels.

Stat of the Game: Erasmo Ramirez gave up five doubles among his eight hits allowed in a six-inning start, but the youngster limited the Rockies to a 2-for-12 day with runners in scoring position. As a result, he allowed just two runs despite having runners on base every inning and kept his spring ERA at a nice 1.50 after 12 innings of work.

Storyline: The Mariners keep playing the long-ball game, belting two more home runs — by Morales and Mike Jacobs — to elevate their Major League-leading total to 41 over 20 spring games. Their all-time Cactus League record is 51 in 32 games in 1999.

Worth noting: Michael Saunders hasn’t quite translated his WBC success over into the spring games. Since going 8-for-11 in three games for Team Canada, Saunders has gone 1-for-13 in three outings for the Mariners. He was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Saturday, his Cactus League average dipping to .161.

Quote of the Game: “I don’t know why I wait until I get the double to execute the pitches.” — Erasmo Ramirez after he gave up five doubles, but continually worked out of trouble in his two-run outing.

Next: Blake Beavan gets the start on Sunday as the Mariners host the Rangers at 1:05 p.m. at Peoria Stadium. Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez will be tuning up against a group of youngsters in a Class-A Minor League game over on a practice field at Peoria Stadium at the same time. Expect Franklin Gutierrez back in the lineup for Seattle after missing a week with tightness in his legs.

Here’s is the link to today’s boxscore.

Here’s my notebook with all the news from camp today.

And here’s a full story on today’s game.

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