Spring training games began this weekend, and the Mariners put a pair of poundings on the San Diego Padres.
Getting some big contributions from probable Tacoma Rainiers players, Seattle beat San Diego 13-2 on Saturday and 13-3 on Sunday.
In Saturday’s Cactus League opener, likely Rainiers fist baseman D.J. Peterson singled and doubled, scored two runs, and drove in another. Tacoma shortstop Tyler Smith went 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while catcher Tuffy Gosewisch had a double and an RBI. Potential Tacoma starting pitcher Cody Martin delivered two scoreless innings.
Sunday’s game was more of the same. Anticipated Rainiers outfielder Tyler O’Neill went 1-for-2 with a double, drew two walks, drove in two runs, and scored another. Mike Freeman had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Catcher Steve Baron also got in there, with a single and a walk – good to see that he is healthy. Pitchers Chris Heston and Dillon Overton each tossed two scoreless innings, and relievers Pat Venditte and Nick Hagadone pitched one shutout inning apiece.
It was a good opening weekend!
- The games have begun. The Mariners won their first spring training game on Saturday, beating the Padres 13-3, with several likely Rainiers players making an impact.
- The Mariners 13-2 win over the Padres on Sunday also featured contributions from many potential Tacoma players.
- Award-winning reporter Larry Stone is in spring training and he has a breakdown of current Mariners hair styles.
- So far, so good for Dan Vogelbach.
- He’s not going to get to decide, but Ariel Miranda prefers starting over relieving.
- Jarrod Dyson is bringing some personality to the M’s clubhouse.
- Veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz brings experience and wisdom to the Mariners.
- Mariners closer Edwin Diaz is trying to add a change-up to his arsenal. The lack of a change is the reason he was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen at Double-A last year.
- Outfielder Guillermo Heredia is much more comfortable this spring.
- Lefty reliever James Pazos is a dark horse to make the Mariners bullpen, and a likely Rainiers contributor. Here’s a look at him.
- Pazos is part of the Mariners new crop of hard-throwing relievers.
- Outfielder Mitch Haniger has looked good in batting practice.
- Pitching prospect Andrew Moore picked up some tips from Jamie Moyer.
- John McGrath pondered the Mariners “whatever it takes” slogan.
- Nearly 20% of the players in Tampa Bay Rays camp are former Mariners. It’s a “baseball bromance.”