Tuesday’s Game 7 recap: Mariners 4, Dodgers 1
Player of the Game: Catcher Mike Zunino ripped a pair of doubles in his two at-bats in the third and fourth innings as the youngster continued his strong start to spring. Zunino could help provide a needed right-handed bat this year if he can carry things over to the regular season. The 22-year-old has gone 4-for-7 (.571) with three doubles in his first four Cactus League games.
Stat of the Game: The Mariners have now outscored their opponents 45-18 while going 6-1 out of the gate and their 1.80 pitching ERA is the lowest of any of the 30 Major League teams so far this spring.
Storyline: Felix Hernandez made his Cactus League debut and threw two scoreless frames, though he wasn’t particularly happy afterward. Hernandez gave up two hits – including a leadoff double on the first pitch of the game to Yasiel Puig – and said his normally-potent changeup was “garbage.” In other words, it was the first outing of spring and Hernandez has some things to work on in his remaining four spring starts before Opening Day in Anaheim on March 31.
Worth noting: Kyle Seager returned to action after sitting out the previous four days with a jammed index finger on his right hand that occurred when he slid headfirst into third in the first inning of the first spring game. Seager went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Quote of the Day: “He’s been working on his trigger all spring and it just goes to show you what kind of talent he has. I think he’s in the process of putting it all together and he should be an enjoyable young man to watch this summer.” — McClendon on Zunino’s batting approach.
Next: Young left-hander James Paxton makes his second start of the spring on Wednesday when the Mariners host the Indians in a 12:05 p.m. PT game in Peoria. Paxton threw two perfect innings in his debut against the Padres and is making a strong bid to earn a rotation berth after shining in four starts last season as a September call-up. He’ll likely go three innings, with Brandon Maurer then making his first appearance of the spring after dealing with a stiff back. Lucas Luetge, Joe Beimel, Danny Farquhar and Bobby LaFromboise are also scheduled to pitch.
Here’s today’s boxscore.
Here’s a story I wrote this morning on Dustin Ackley and his outstanding start to spring.
Here’s today’s notebook with all the news from camp.
And you can watch video of Felix’s performance by clicking here: