The Mariners split squads once again and take on a Reds split-squad today in Peoria. Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips are the offensive Reds of note today. What happened to the rule of playing at least four potential 25-man roster players in the lineup?
Time of game: 12:05 PM Pacific
Location: Peoria, Arizona.
Mariners: Randy Wolf (2 IP, H, BB, K, o ER)
Reds: Brett Marshall
Abraham Almonte 8 (.133, HR, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB)
Kyle Seager 5 (.250, RBI 2 R)
Nick Franklin 6 (.333, HR, 4 RBI)
Justin Smoak 3 (.273, 3 BB, 2 R RBI)
Corey Hart 9 (.222, 3 R, 3 BB)
Logan Morrison DH (.333, 2 RBI, 7 K)
Dustin Ackley 7 (.462, 3 2B, HR, 6 RBI)
Mike Zunino 2 (.444, 3 2B, 2 RBI)
Carlos Triunfel 4 (.143, RBI, R)
Of note: Robinson Cano gets a second day off, not sure if we are supposed to read anything into that or not. Michael Saunders is yet again MIA from the team as Almonte gets yet another shot at leading off and playing center.
Billy Hamilton 8
Brandon Phillips 4
Of note: Top of the order likely to pose trouble early. It will be a good test for Wolf.
The Mariners are 7-2 and again making news off the field. Felix Hernandez has now joined in the sentiment that the team needs another right-handed bat. Not sure if pressure from your two highest-paid stars will be enough to move the needle on a move, but I guess they figure it can’t hurt.
Mariners 3rd base coach John Stearns is stepping down. We’ll have more on that shortly.