Wednesday’s Game 23 recap: Brewers 9, Mariners 7
Player of the Game: Brad Miller continued his impressive spring with his second straight 3-for-4 game, this one including a pair of triples, as he made another strong statement for the starting shortstop job. Miller, who also walked in the ninth, now is batting .447 (17-for-38) with a double, four triples, four home runs, 13 runs scored and eight RBIs in 13 games. In his past two games, Miller is 6-for-8 with a double, two triples and a home run.
Stat of the Game: Mariners starter Blake Beavan gave up four of the Brewers five home runs on the day, all coming in the first four innings as he struggled with his fastball location and pitched up in the zone too much. The good news is Beavan threw 93 pitches and worked two outs into the sixth, the longest start this spring by a Seattle pitcher. The bad news is he gave up eight hits and seven runs.
Storyline: Beavan is fighting for a rotation spot and seemed on the verge of locking up a spot with a strong spring. It’s hard to know how much this outing will affect those chances, but he surely didn’t slam the door any on a competition that also includes veterans Randy Wolf, Scott Baker and young Roenis Elias battling for the final two berths behind Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez and James Paxton on the opening roster.
Worth noting: Kyle Seager had been struggling since returning from a finger injury, but the third baseman unleashed his first homer of the spring – a solo shot in the seventh – in a 2-for-4 day that lifted his spring average to .205. McClendon dropped Seager down to the No. 5 hole after hitting him second most of the spring.
Quote of the Day: “The ball flies when you get it up. We didn’t pitch down in the zone. Those things will hurt you. You have to execute pitches, regardless of the conditions. … He got the ball up in the zone and it just wasn’t good.” – McClendon on Beavan’s rough outing on a warm afternoon when the two teams combined for seven home runs.
Next: Felix Hernandez will throw in a Minor League game at the Peoria Complex on Thursday, leaving Erasmo Ramirez to take the Cactus League start against the Cubs in Mesa in a 1:05 p.m. PT game. Hernandez made the choice to pitch at home rather than taking the trip to Mesa and will have one more Cactus League start next week against the Royals. Ramirez appears locked into Seattle’s rotation and is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four spring outings.
Here’s today’s boxscore.
Here’s my story today on Stefen Romero’s bid to land the final outfield spot on the roster.
Here’s today’s notebook with all the news from camp.
Here’s a story from MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy on Corey Hart’s thoughts on leaving the Brewers and starting anew in Seattle.
And here’s MLB.com columnist Tracy Ringolsby’s take on the Mariners pitching situation in the wake of injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker.