Friday’s Game 10 recap: Reds 10, Mariners 9
Player of the Game: On a day the Mariners starters struggled to get anything going early, 2013 first-round Draft pick D.J. Peterson provided some late highlights with his first home run in a 2-for-3 day. Peterson now has gone 3-for-6 with two RBIs in three spring appearances the last few days. The young third baseman has performed well, but keep things in perspective. He isn’t in Major League camp and is getting some late-inning Cactus League at-bats with a few other Minor League callups against mostly other young prospects. But it’s been a great experience for Peterson and he’s making the most of it.
Stat of the Game: The Mariners were 7-for-19 with runners in scoring position. The noteworthy thing there being they put 19 runners in scoring position in nine innings with 13 hits and seven walks. The only downside was they couldn’t deliver on early opportunities against Reds starter Brett Marshall, who threw three shutout innings despite allowing four hits and three walks.
Storyline: Randy Wolf started his second game as a non-roster invite getting a good look as he returns from Tommy John surgery and the results weren’t pretty as he allowed four runs on three hits – two home runs and a triple – while walking two in his three frames. Wolf wasn’t pleased with the final line, but said the ironic thing was his arm felt better than when he tossed two shutout innings in his debut. Lloyd McClendon said he isn’t judging the results of every outing, particularly this early, but Wolf acknowledged he’s in a tougher position than normal, needing to show what he can do in camp in order to win a job.
Worth noting: Abraham Almonte continues getting every chance to show what he can do as a leadoff candidate and center fielder. And the youngster made a nice running catch in center and has looked good in the field, but he’s not produced much at the plate yet and is hitting .105 (2-for-19) after grounding out four times in four at-bats Friday.
Quote of the Day: “He’s an interesting young man. We’re just trying to get his feet wet a little bit. He seems like he knows what he’s doing out there. He’s certainly not overmatched or overwhelmed.” –McClendon on Peterson after the first-round pick went 2-for-3.
Next: Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez makes his third Cactus League start Saturday as the Mariners travel to Scottsdale to face the Giants in a 12:05 p.m. PT split-squad game. Blake Beavan, also making his third appearance, will then start the night game against the Dodgers at 6:05 p.m. PT in Glendale. The night game will be televised live on the MLB Network, with the afternoon game against the Giants being broadcast on MLB Network on a delayed basis Sunday morning at 1 a.m. PT.
Here’s today’s boxscore.
Here’s the feature story I wrote this morning on super utility player Willie Bloomquist..
Here’s the news on third base coach John Stearns stepping down due to ongoing health issues.
And here’s today’s notebook, with news of the day from camp.