Saturday’s Game 11 recap: Mariners 18, Giants 3
Player of the Game: The Mariners offense cranked out 18 hits and 18 runs, but the most impressive player in Saturday afternoon’s game was Erasmo Ramirez, who blew through four scoreless innings of work with just one single, one walk and four strikeouts. Ramirez seems to be solidifying his rotation berth with a strong start to spring and is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA, having allowed just seven hits and one earned run in 8 2/3 innings in three games.
Stat of the Game: A dozen different Mariners had hits and a dozen players scored runs in the blowout win. Dustin Ackley led the hit parade with a 3-for-4 day that included a triple and double with two RBIs.
Storyline: The Mariners beat up on a couple pretty good pitchers in their split-squad win over the Giants. They racked up six hits and seven runs (five earned) in 2 1/3 innings against Ryan Vogelsong, who is expected to be San Francisco’s fifth starter this season. And Mariners backups banged closer Sergio Romo around for five runs on three hits and two walks without an out in the eighth, though Romo apparently was working on other pitches besides his favored slider.
Worth noting: D.J. Peterson, last June’s first-round Draft pick, came in at third base in the sixth inning and went 1-for-1 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs, putting him at .571 (4-for-7) with a homer and four RBIs in late-inning duties over the past four games. Peterson isn’t even in the Major League camp and is just getting some experience as one of several Minor League callups in the early Cactus League games, but he was scheduled to start Saturday night’s split-squad game against the Dodgers until coming down with an upset stomach that led to him being removed from the afternoon game in the ninth inning. Manager Lloyd McClendon said he didn’t think Peterson would be able to play in the nightcap against the Dodgers.
Quote of the Day: “We had a lot of good things happen. Obviously the pitching was good under these conditions. The guys played extremely well in the field. We just continue to run ‘em out there and they’ll either eliminate themselves or separate themselves. Pitching wise, we’ll just keep running them out there and see what happens.” –McClendon after the 18-3 win.
Next: The Mariners play their second split-squad game Saturday night against the Dodgers at 6:05 p.m. at Glendale with Blake Beavan getting the start in a game that will be televised live on MLB Network. Then Felix Hernandez makes his second start of the spring on Sunday as the Mariners host the Rangers at 1:05 p.m. PT at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners ace threw two scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut Tuesday against the Dodgers and is on schedule for his club-record seventh Opening Day start on March 31 in Anaheim. Second baseman Robinson Cano hasn’t played since root canal surgery on Wednesday and his status remains uncertain for Sunday, but Corey Hart is expected to get his second outfield start of the season as he works back cautiously after missing last year following two knee surgeries.
Here’s today’s boxscore.
And here’s today’s notebook with all the news from camp.