Wednesday’s Game 31 recap: Mariners 10, Dodgers 7

Morse_MichaelPlayer of the Game: Michael Morse continued making his presence felt with his eighth home run of the spring, a two-run shot off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the first inning. Morse walked in his other two at-bats and is hitting .365 in Cactus League play. His eight bombs ties the club record set by Mike Wilson in 2009.

Stat of the Game: 96 pitches. That’s what Felix Hernandez got up to in his fifth and final start of the spring, which puts him in position to throw 110 or so on Opening Day on Monday in Oakland. Hernandez wasn’t as sharp this outing, but got his work in and pronounced himself ready to move on.

Storyline: This one felt like a game that both teams just wanted to get out of the way so they could move toward Opening Day. The Dodgers rolled out a lineup with only one starting position player in Jerry Hairston, though they did throw Kershaw for three innings. The Mariners played most of their regulars and did some damage against Kershaw and Ted Lilly with another 10-run game in what has been a robust spring for the offense.

Worth noting: Manager Eric Wedge got ejected in the sixth inning for arguing with Minor League umpire Seth Buckminster, who was working home plate. Wedge came out to protect Hernandez after the Mariners ace gestured angrily following a ball call. Wedge said it was the first Spring Training ejection he’s received in 10 years as a Major League skipper.

Quote of the Day: “I felt strong today. Not as sharp, like the other ones, but it was a good workout. It’s been a long Spring Training. I just want to get out of here and go to Opening Day.”  –  Felix Hernandez.

Next: Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start in the Mariners’ final Cactus League game, a 12:05 p.m. PT start against the Cubs in Mesa. The Mariners are bringing all their regular starters except Franklin Gutierrez, who’ll be given a light day before starting Saturday’s exhibition finale in Salt Lake City.

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

Here’s my story on Brandon Maurer and Blake Beavan winning the final two rotation berths today as Jeremy Bonderman and Erasmo Ramirez were sent down.

And here’s my notebook with today’s other news from camp.

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