I’ve been all sorts of mixed up today. The Mariners hosted the Diamondbacks in Peoria, not at Salt River Fields. They will be the visiting team for Arizona tomorrow, though, so whatever I wrote about walking sticks this morning wasn’t a total waste.
So, the Mariners finally dropped a game. I mean, aside from that other game they dropped, ages and ages ago. We all knew this was coming, right?
Vargas made his second Spring Training start, striking out four and relinquishing six hits and five runs over four innings. 2B Aaron Hill and 3B Ryan Roberts took him deep in the 1st and 4th. Shawn Camp and George Sherrill managed to hold things together fairly well for the next couple of innings, but the Diamondbacks grabbed two hits, one home run, and two walks from Hong-Chih Kuo for a comfortable 3-run lead.
However, not everything was sunshine and roses… er, grey skies and rain. Alex Liddi went 3-for-4 today with a double and two singles. Carlos Peguero hit a solo shot against J.J. Putz. Chone Figgins went 1-for-3 in the leadoff spot with a double off of LHP Wade Miley. A handful of other Mariners had a handful of other hits that eventually totaled twelve, which is one more hit than Arizona had. Unfortunately for Seattle, games are won on runs, not hits.
With a week of Spring Training games completed and only 19 days until the season opener in Tokyo, the Mariners are starting to make roster cuts. Greg Johns reported minor league camp assignments for pitchers Stephen Pryor, Steve Garrison, Philippe Valiquette, and Jarrett Grube. He predicts a lot more cuts will follow after the team’s split squad game tomorrow.
Next game: vs. Dodgers | March 10 | 12:05pm AND @ Diamondbacks | March 10 | 6:10pm