Unfortunately, I was unable to load the live stream of the Mariners’ (3-1) 8-1 shellacking of the White Sox (1-2). Actually, on second thought, had I been able to watch the Mariners fly around the base paths at speeds too dangerous to behold with the naked eye, I would probably be in the hospital. Regardless, the lovely voices of Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith did just fine.
Highly touted prospect, Michael Kopech, was on the bump for the White Sox, and he was throwing heat early. Jean Segura decided to fight fire with fire (or speed with speed), legging out a swinging bunt to register the first hit of the game. After swiping second base, he would be plated easily from second by a Cruz double off the wall.
A couple at bats later, Mitch Haniger notched his second hit of spring training, and it looked like this:
The second inning started with a bang when Guillermo Heredia, who’s playing like a guy who really wants to start the season on the 25-man roster, lined a triple into right-center field; he was awarded home when the throw to third bounced out of play.
Segura showed off his wheels again, scoring from first on a Cano single to center later in the inning. At this point, Manny Acta must have been feeling it a little bit. Besides, who wouldn’t get a little carried away waving guys like Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia home. He might have gotten a little overzealous when he tried to get Nelson Cruz in from first on a Vogelbach double. But a little spring training TOOTBLAN never hurt anybody.
Speaking of speed, Andrew Moore’s debut taught us two things: that kid works very quickly, and boy can he pound the zone. The 22-year old threw 22 pitches in two innings of work, allowing just one hit. He registered two looking strikeouts and delivered first pitch strikes to each of the seven batters he faced.
On the topic of pitchers, the King made his spring debut today. He zoomed through his first inning of work, retiring three batters in just 10 pitches. The second inning, however, wasn’t as smooth. He surrendered a run while allowing two hits and issuing a walk. On the brighter side, Felix topped out at 92 today. Considering his average fastball was 90.5 MPH last year according to Fangraphs, I’ll take that any day of the week.
The bats cooled off a bit following the second inning; however, Heredia came around to score after doubling in the sixth inning. He finished the day two for three with a pair of runs, while fourth outfielder competitor Ben Gamel went one for four with a strikeout.
My first recap was a much better game than Mandy’s. How lucky am I? Here are a few other notes from Seattle’s eight-run victory:
- Mariners batters only struck out four times today, which is good. However, all four strikeouts were looking, which isn’t as good.
- Former Washington Husky Braden Bishop was a reserve (had to get a #GoDawgs note in there).
- Although there was only one stolen base today, the M’s showed some willingness to send runners; when Segura scored from first on Cano’s single he took off on the pitch, and Mitch Haniger also attempted a steal, but the pitch was fouled off.
- Shawn O’Malley had a pair of hits in today’s game. It’s scientifically impossible not to love him.
- Dylan Unsworth struck out the side in the seventh inning, which is pretty darn sweet.
- Paul Fry and Jean Machi also made their first appearances of 2017’s spring training today, combining for two innings of scoreless baseball.
And with that, February baseball is done! Now just pesky, ol’ March separates us from the regular season. The Mariners take on the Indians tomorrow at 12:05 PM.