Yesterday the Mariners beat the Brewers in what turned out to be quite the lopsided match, with a series of contributions from M's players who will ostensibly be roaming the grass at Safeco this year. J.A. Happ pitched three innings of one hit ball with two strikeouts, and was followed by solid contributions from Carson Smith and Charlie Furbush. Austin Jackson, Seth Smith, Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison, Mike Zunino, and Nelson Cruz all had hits on the day, and managed to string together hits by building off one another in a box score that piled on the runs every fifteen minutes.
But even more encouraging was the fact that Danny Farquhar finally settled down with a good inning despite giving up a solo homer to Juan Centeno. He got two strikeouts in the process, and opened up his inning with a well-placed ground ball off the bat of Shane Peterson, which is miles beyond the fly-ball problems he was having in his first two outings. The final score on the day was 10-5, which feels lopsided like a usual spring game. But even better was that the piling on of runs by Minor League scrubs actually started in the sixth inning, and gifted mainly the Brewers.
The only bit of bad news was that Chris Taylor got pelted on the wrist with an errant pitch during yesterday's game, and while he appeared fine and remained in the game, he's set to get an MRI this morning to ensure no further structural damage. It doesn't sound like anything to be too worried about, as Lloyd is simply giving him a few days off to let the swelling recede. This is your brief and shortened recap of a game I did not watch. Now time for yet another!
Today the M's will be taking on the Diamondbacks, with Taijuan Walker set to man the early innings. There is no TV, but the exciting thing is that with Taijuan's recent successful outings, you have to realize that you aren't missing a game today as much as you are going to see incredible games this summer, promised by however jazzed Rick Rizzs sounds over your little computer speaker. Cano is back in the lineup after returning from the Dominican, and with the exception of James Jones starting in center in place for Jackson, you're seeing a full 25-man M's roster early this afternoon. It could be worse.
- Mariners "@" Diamondbacks, 1:10 PM
- No TV, Radio: 710 ESPN, MLB.com