- 15 wins – 11 losses
- 2.82 ERA – FIRST in the MAJORS
- .228 BA – LAST in the MAJORS
- 20 -11 since April 26th (best record in the Majors during that stretch)
- +4 run differential – at least it’s positive, first time since April 2010
There’s something we didn’t see much of (if at all) last season…
The two teams combined for SIX homers (including back-to-back-to-backers by the M’s Kennedy-Wilson-Cust, in the 8th), SIX doubles and a triple. The M’s stole TWO bases and turned TWO double-plays. The good news is that the M’s came out on the winning end and their pitchers who gave up the EIGHT runs will likely not be on the 25-man roster come April.
ERIKKKK is BACKKKK…
Starting to get a bit excited re: the possibility of a healthy Erik behind a dominant Felix. Still crossing all appendages for good measure though.
AND HOW ‘BOUT THOSE BATS?!?
Only EIGHT hits, but getting SEVEN runs from that is pretty efficient.
AND ANOTHER TWO DP’s
Figgins to Kazmar to Kennedy AND Liddi to Kazmar to Gimenez
NEWS AND NOTES
DOUBLE DIGIT HITS
Including a double and THREE homers (Kennedy, Baron, Ramirez)
THE PITCHING “B’s” HAVE A ROUGH GO
Beavan and Bautista each gave up two runs and allowed a walk in their combined three innings. But the rest of the staff (including starter Nate Robertson) pitched well, allowing only FIVE, NO walks and NO runs in their combined SIX innings of work.
GLOVES AND BASES
TWO double plays and TWO stolen bases (Ichiro and MB)
M’s 13 | Pads 12
THAT didn’t happen in too many games last season (heck, it didn’t happen in too many WEEKS 😉 Then again, giving UP 12 runs wasn’t a common occurrence either. But, hey, it Spring Training. It’s baseball. Baseball is BACK!!!
SOME OF THE BEST NEWS CAME IN THE FIRST INNING…
Erik Bedard ~ 9 pitches, 8 strikes, 2 strikeouts, 1 ground out
How great would it be if Erik was actually able to get through ST, start the season in the rotation behind Felix and actually pitch, even somewhat effectively, all season? Okay, so I won’t hold my breath. But, I WILL cross all appendages.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE PITCHING WENT DOWN HILL FROM THERE…
With Danny Bautista having a particularly bad day (unable to get through one inning and giving up five runs). Petit and Smith each threw scoreless frames in the 9th and 10th respectively. The others seemed to have sort of typical “first spring outings” – giving up a handful of hits and a run or two in an inning or two of work.
WITH 13 RUNS, PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE GOT INTO THE ACTION…
But, the new, svelte Jack Wilson lead in RBI (3) and Carlos Peguerro impressed in more ways than one. Not only did he tie the game in the bottom of the 9th with a two-out, two-run home run. He then proceeded to keep the game tied in the 10th by throwing a runner out at home plate – from center field.
FIELDING AND RUNNING…
Miguel had a passed ball, but he and Bard each threw runners out trying to steal. Luke picked a runner off first and then there was that gun down at the plate by Peguerro and Adam Kennedy swiped a bag.
PRIOR TO THE GAME, THERE WAS THIS LITTLE BOMBSHELL…
Jody Gerut retires | Geoff Baker
“I can no longer, in good conscience, play the game in a manner that reflects the positive example for the younger generation of baseball players,” he said. “Physcially, I’m fine. But mentally, my reasons for wanting to be in uniform have become so thin and narrow that I refuse to disrespect the game that has provided so generously for my family in a halfhearted way.
“This game of ours owes me nothing, but I owe the game at least that much. When a player finds his willingness to compete to be so greatly diminished, that player must leave the game so as not to disrespect it by becoming a player who plays solely for his paycheck and his own personal glory.
“This is a notion so distasteful to me it makes me physically sick to my stomach.
Wow. Jody, we hardly knew ya. I’m thinking it would have been nice to…
Next up (and this one actually counts in the Cactus League standings)…
Mariners vs. Padres
Monday, February 28th 12:05pm