Rainiers In Peoria – Weekend Update

Mariners exhibition games are in a daily rhythm now, and the M’s crack PR team makes sure I get a box score in my inbox shortly after each one.

Let’s take a look at the M’s games from the weekend, and see how some potential Rainiers players did in the games.

Friday – Brewers 5, Mariners 2 

Possible Rainiers left fielder Mike Baxter was the story in this one, hitting a two-run homer off Brewers RH reliever Jim Miller. It was the M’s only extra-base hit of the game. Possible Rainiers catcher Steve Baron and third baseman Ed Lucas each hit singles.

On the pitching side, Cody Martin delivered two scoreless innings of one-hit ball in a relief role (although I think he’ll be a starter if he is in Tacoma). Lefthander Paul Fry chipped in with a scoreless frame.

Saturday – Angels 9, Mariners 7

Chris Taylor – who does have a decent chance to make the M’s roster – had a single and a walk in two plate appearances. Tyler Smith played third base and went 1-for-2. Daniel Robertson started in left field and went 1-for-2, hitting his second double of the spring.

Saturday wasn’t a good day for the bullpen, which allowed a lot of hits and walks.

Sunday – Mariners 7, Rangers 3

All three of the players battling for the Mariners utility infielder spot had a good game. Remember, it’s likely two of these three players will end up with the Rainiers. Luis Sardinas continued his hot start with two hits, including a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Chris Taylor was 1-for-2 with a steal and an RBI single. Shawn O’Malley went 2-for-3, stole two bases, and scored two runs.

The team mostly used major league pitchers on Sunday, although Paul Fry and Blake Parker each delivered a scoreless inning from the bullpen. Parker is an interesting player if healthy – he’s dominated the PCL previously while with Iowa.

The Rainiers front office tried to put a bored Rhubarb The Reindeer to work during the offseason. Results were, well… you’ll see.

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