Today the Mariners did their best to take advantage of a split-squad day by both winning and losing at the same time, and they did it all without letting any of us watch. How are you to know I'm not about to make up everything I'm about to tell you? Perhaps Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith and the intern that updates MLB's gameday app are all complicit in the scheme. Who knows? There aren't even any pictures in the phototool! You have no way of knowing if any of this is true!
In the end, you'll just have to take my word for it. That, my friends, is dangerous power. So what do we want to say happened?
Mariners 3, Diamondbacks 4
In this here game that you didn't see but possibly listened to, the Mariners did lots of things that were fun and dandy, but then they lost to the Diamondbacks when Mr. One-Pitch-Strikeout Justin Germano gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to blow the M's lead. Which is unfortunate, because it ruined:
- Hisashi Iwakuma throwing two perfect innings in his spring debut, already hitting 90 on his sinker and generating five ground-ball outs.
- Dominic Leone running into a little trouble with some wild pitches, but hitting 95 with an impressive four-pitch strikeout of Danny Worth.
- M's Rule 5 pick David Rollins making his spring debut and--just like Jack Zduriencik said--reaching 95 from the left side on his final pitch, striking out Nick Buss with the additional help of an 85 mph cutter.
- Rickie Weeks hitting a dinger over the gigantic batter's-eye in centerfield that was only this season declared out of play, which could have reminded you of something Carlos Peguero would do, except for the fact that Peguero is in the Rangers' camp and also because Rickie Weeks is not Carlos Peguero.
- Each expected regular 2015 Mariner contributor in Austin Jackson, Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, and possibly D.J. Peterson tallying hits for the day, including some help from Jesus Sucre and Chris Taylor.
- Gabby Guerrero, nephew of Vladimir Guerrero, hitting a triple on the second pitch of his first spring training at-bat in a fashion that looked extremely familiar to remind you that Jack Z's imagined prospect pipeline may not have to be as illusory as your gut tells you it is.
- The Mariners faced arch-nemesis Hector Noesi, fighting for a rotation spot despite the team's spring loss of Chris Sale, and then couldn't do anything against him. The same Hector Noesi who blew that A's game last year, the same Hector Noesi who used to sprinkle salt in open wounds he would inflict on you with only a fingernail file and nylon gloves (what, he isn't going to do anything too exciting and you know it), the same Hector Noesi who then went through two organizations only to do things like meet his former club and troll them with efficient pitching.
- The Mariners also scored 11 runs. But they scored 11 runs not because they had a lineup filled with dangerous power hitters, rather, they strung together hit after hit from people named Jordy Lara, Ian Miller, Ketel Marte, and two exciting up-and-coming prospects named Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller. They did this not as an example of exuberant bravado, but because they sometimes do things that are completely insane.
- There were some, I guess, pitching prospects in this game, but their relative obscurity and lack of possible big-league production doesn't quite allow for you to care when they show off their rust and scratches. Alright, fine, Carson Smith pitched an inning with a walk, but are you really torn up that Scott DeCecco have up two hits and a run in his one inning today? Are you really upset that Sam Gaviglio, acquired in the Ty Kelly trade, gave up six hits and five runs, or are you going to maybe be more interested in what he does in Tacoma this year, considering that's like, what the Minor Leagues are for? Are you peeved that Jeffrey Rondones hit Adam LaRoche in the back after losing command and loading the bases? No you aren't, because I just made that name up. See? Who knows if any of this is even real?
- Justin Ruggiano, owner of a recent 113 wRC+, hit a dinger for the Mariners.
- James Jones, future Tacoma Rainiers outfielder, grounded into a forceout and probably speedily beat the throw to first. Who knows if there was even a throw. I don't know, but tell me that that sentence doesn't sound like something James Jones would do.