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Mariners Fail to Turn Eddie Vedder’s World to Blue

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The waning days of Spring Training bring news, both good and bad

MLB: Spring Training-Seattle Mariners at Colorado Rockies
Why, why, why, Gallardo?
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The good news: It’s the last Monday Spring Training game! The next time the Mariners play on Monday it will be a real game with real consequences. This is such an exciting development, I’m loathe to tell you the bad news. However, I can’t imagine you clicked on this recap without wanting to know what happened in the game, so I will tell you.

The Padres touched the Mariner’s pitching staff for 12 runs, largely on the strength of their two-run home run onslaught. They had no sympathy for their ballpark roommates, but they can hardly be blamed since the rivalry is so intense. The final score was 12-2, and the drama of the Vedder Cup continues on.

Yovani Gallardo, resident name-pun muse (my contribution: Gallard-uh-oh), got the start and put an end to any hopes of a Mariners win. Gallardo surrendered three two-run home runs during his four innings of work. He also allowed a run on an RBI ground out. His velocity looked fine, topping out at 93.6, but generally right around 90 per Gameday.

It’s been a rough spring for Gallardo. Coming into today he had pitched a total of 8.1 innings for a 6.48 ERA. Leaving today, he has pitched 12.2 innings and has an ERA of 9.24. I know, small sample size and ERA, but it’s concerning to see a member of the starting rotation unable to get outs.

The start could have been much worse. The defense saved him a couple times. In the first inning, Leonys Martin turned a double into a single (although that run would score on a home run). In the third inning, Ben Gamel ended the inning and saved Gallardo from giving up another two runs with this diving catch:

Not to be forgotten, Jean Segura had the infield get in on the action with this great play in the first inning:

Marc Rzepczynski had another rough relief appearance. He gave the Padres their fourth three-run home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Edwin Diaz made another appearance. He started off well, striking out the first two batters he faced, then fell into trouble, loading the bases with two walks and a base hit. He was taken out of the game at that point and relieved by Rafael Pineda.

There’s not much to say about the Mariner’s offense this afternoon. Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano were still out of the lineup with lingering colds. They did work out this morning, so we should see them again soon.

Notes:

  • Presented without comment: Yangervis Solarte saw seven pitches from Gallardo for three hits.
  • A note from the Rainiers game today: Jarrod Dyson, resting his tired legs, had ten at bats for six hits. The minor league spring games get to play by different rules, so he led off each inning before being replaced by a pinch runner. If that’s the result, maybe whisper to Rob Manfred about these alternate rules. (I’m kidding, please don’t.)
  • Tuffy Gosewich hit a home run, but it was only a solo home run and it came in the top of the eighth, so too little too late.
  • Random player of the game: Rafael Pineda. Born in Salem, Oregon and matriculated at Texas A&M, he was a 30th round pick by the Mariners in 2013. He was also a 40th round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2012, but he didn’t sign and clearly got a better offer. He had injury problems at the end of 2015 and into 2016.
  • Carter Capps, he of the “Carter Capps Rule”, made a relief appearance for San Diego. He was kind enough to issue a bases-loaded walk to Bryson Brigman in his one-third of an inning to get the Mariners on the board.

Spring Training crawls closer to its demise. The Mariners take on the Diamondbacks tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 PM on Root and 710 ESPN.