Today the Mariners got their first look at the full-power Angels squad (minus REDACTED), which would be a good preview of the season if the Mariners had started any of their regulars other than Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger. Depth option Christian Bergman actually held up pretty well against the Angels’ A-squad lineup; he was mostly fine until the 5th, when Kirk Nieuwenhuis allowed Luis Valbuena to reach on a sun double—I’m sorry what? The game was played at night and it was a totally inexcusable error? Ah. Well then. Bergman didn’t surrender a ton of hard contact, mostly being victimized by ground balls that found holes (and a passed ball error on Mike Marjama), and was lifted for Chasen Bradford, who had his worst outing of the spring, surrendering four runs (three earned) in just 2⁄3 of an inning. The Angels jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fifth and the Mariners wouldn’t be able to catch up.
Not that they didn’t have a chance. A leadoff single by Mike Marjama followed by a Gordon Beckham walk in the third went for naught, and a Mike Ford double also failed to score when Marjama’s single wasn’t enough to bring the slow-footed Ford home. The Mariners continued the unfortunate trend of making outs on the bases, with Ford being nailed at home and Taylor Motter caught stealing (Motter also dropped an easy infield popup, extending Dan Altavilla’s inning, and not exactly covering himself in glory). The Mariners just weren’t able to put it together and score runs, striking out ten times or more for what feels like the fiftieth time this spring. SO MANY STRIKEOUTS. STOP STRIKING OUT SO MUCH. 75% of the Mariners’ runs came on solo homers, with Vogelbach, Ford, and (checks notes) Kirk Nieuwenhuis, atoning for his earlier mistake.
- DEE-FENSE. It wasn’t the prettiest thing, but hey, it worked:
- Speaking of defense, apparently you should not run on Mike Marjama:
- Mike Ford’s HR was off actual MLB reliever and possible Angels closer Cam Bedrosian:
Ford also had a double. If his bat is starting to heat up, things could get really interesting here for a while.
- Again, other than the meltdown in the fifth, Bergman was mostly fine and the other relievers kept the Angels off the board.
- Remember how Goldsmith just makes up names sometimes in spring training? Tonight he announced “Bugsy Carrochi” as the Angels pitcher in the ninth, who was actually Justin Anderson. Wacky old Goldsmith.