Friday’s Game 25 recap: Padres 7, Mariners 2
Player of the Game: Shortstop Brad Miller continued his torrid recent stretch with a 2-for-3 night with a double and run and an RBI as he raised his Cactus League batting average to .463 (19-for-41). Ten of those hits have gone for extra bases, with two doubles, four triples and four homers. In his last three games, Miller has hit 8-for-11 with two doubles, two triples and a home run. Yeah, that’s pretty good.
Stat of the Game: Robinson Cano went 1-for-2 and lowered his spring batting average to .563. Cano only played three innings as the Mariners starters were pulled early with split-squad day games on the slate Saturday. But Cano did his damage with an RBI double in the first, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Storyline: James Paxton hasn’t officially been named to the rotation yet, but it’s pretty apparent the young left-hander is being lined up to pitch in the first series of the regular season in Anaheim. He didn’t have his best outing of the spring, giving up four hits and three runs in four innings with two walks and four strikeouts. McClendon pulled him after 70 pitches and sent him to the bullpen to throw another 20 with pitching coach Rick Waits, who had him correcting some things in an attempt to keep all his pitches down.
Worth noting: With instant replay in effect, McClendon went out to challenge a call at first base with two out in the bottom of the eighth when he questioned whether San Diego’s Kyle Blanks had pulled his foot on a high throw that nipped Austin Wilson. The umpires upheld the call in just over a minute.
Quote of the Day: “Everything is not going to go perfect every time out. Sometimes you have to pick your team up a little bit and for the most part I thought he did a pretty good job.” – McClendon on Paxton’s outing.
Next: The Mariners have their final split-squad day of the spring with a pair of afternoon road games on Saturday. Veteran right-hander Scott Baker gets the start against the A’s in Phoenix in a 1:05 p.m. game that will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and MLB.com’s Gameday. Young left-hander Roenis Elias makes his second start of the spring against the Rockies in a 1:10 p.m. contest at Salt River Field in Scottsdale. Both pitchers are non-roster invitees competing for one of the final rotation berths. Additionally, Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor will both make their spring debuts in a Minor League game against the Padres at 1 p.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex as they return from injuries.
Here’s today’s boxscore.
Here’s my feature story today on hard-throwing Dominic Leone’s bid to land a bullpen role.
And here’s today’s notebook with all the day’s news from camp.