Mariners Jump On Beckett Early, Beat Dodgers


Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

In the first splits quad game against the Giants, the Mariners put up 18 runs. In the 2nd game against the Dodgers, the Mariners looked to resemble a Little League team in the first but quickly turned things around in an 8-5 win.

Abraham Almonte led off the game for the Mariners with a single to right that Scott Van Slyke let drop in front of him. Almonte was then picked off by Josh Beckett, leaning towards second.

Then, after Kyle Seager singled on a single to left that should’ve been caught, Nick Franklin lined into a double play, catching Seager in a base running error.

Then in the bottom of the 1st, the comedy of errors continued as two errors led to three runs (only one earned) to give the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead.

But the Mariners woke up in the 2nd. After Justin Smoak walked to lead off the inning, Jesus Montero hit an opposite field shot to right to cut the Dodger lead to 3-2.

Montero, who was only starting the game after D.J. Peterson was scratched from the lineup after reports of a stomach ache following the first game, seemed to atone for his error in the first which extended the inning and allowed the two unearned runs to score.

Stefen Romero then homered in the next at-bat and we had a new ballgame.

Smoak’s 2-run homer in the third put the M’s ahead for good, and was one of the last hitters Beckett faced.

The Mariners bullpen made it interesting though. Joc Pederson‘s two-run homer in the 6th off Andrew Carraway cut the Mariner lead to one.

But in the 8th, it was Montero again hitting another homer to right, just inside the foul pole. Ketel Marte added an insurance run later in the inning with an RBI single scoring Cole Gillespie.

Danny Farquhar came in and walked the first hitter on four pitches to lead off the ninth. He then proceeded to throw a couple of wild pitches to advance the runner to third. After a two-out walk, Aaron Bates took a 3-1 pitch to the warning track in right, missing a game-tying homer by about 10 feet.

The Mariners play the Rangers Sunday in Peoria. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm PDT. With the time change tonight, we on the west coast will now be in the same timezone as Arizona, who doesn’t change with Daylight Savings Time.


Seattle Batting

Almonte, A, CF3010001.136
  Avery, LF2010000.235
Seager, 3B4010012.294
  Kivlehan, 3B1000010.000
Franklin, SS4110003.333
  Taylor, C, SS1000000.091
Smoak, DH2212212.375
Montero, J, 1B4223001.350
Romero, S, LF3221000.182
  Gillespie, RF0100100.500
Jones, J, RF-CF4000012.273
Triunfel, 2B3011010.143
  Marte, K, 2B1001000.300
Quintero, C2000001.200
  Marlette, C1000110.000

2B: Franklin (3, Beckett), Romero, S (1, Wright, J).
HR: Montero, J 2 (2, 2nd inning off Beckett, 1 on, 0 out; 8th inning off Withrow, 0 on, 0 out), Romero, S (1, 2nd inning off Beckett, 0 on, 0 out), Smoak (1, 3rd inning off Beckett, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Romero, S 6; Triunfel; Avery; Smoak 4; Almonte, A; Montero, J 8; Franklin 2; Seager.
RBI: Montero, J 3 (5), Romero, S (4), Smoak 2 (3), Triunfel (2), Marte, K (2).
2-out RBI: Smoak 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smoak 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.

SB: Gillespie (2, 2nd base off Withrow/Butera).
PO: Almonte, A (1st base by Beckett).

E: Beavan (1, pickoff), Montero, J (1, fielding), Kensing (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Romero, S (Gordon, D at home).
DP: (Romero, S-Quintero).

LA Dodgers Batting

Gordon, D, 2B4120011.227
  Rojas, M, 2B0000100.400
Crawford, C, LF3100103.077
  Baxter, LF1000011.318
Ramirez, H, SS3000003.143
  Harris, B, SS1000101.188
Van Slyke, RF3111000.167
  Garcia, J, RF0000200.000
Robinson, C, 1B3110000.333
  Bates, 1B2000015.333
Uribe, 3B3000002.286
  Mayora, 3B1000000.000
Pederson, CF3122001.211
  Scavuzzo, CF1000000.000
Federowicz, C3000021.118
  Butera, C0000100.143
Guerrero, DH4010012.273

2B: Pederson (1, Kensing).
HR: Pederson (2, 6th inning off Carraway, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Van Slyke; Guerrero; Pederson 6; Robinson, C; Gordon, D 2.
RBI: Van Slyke (5), Pederson 2 (5).
2-out RBI: Pederson 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pederson; Guerrero; Bates 3.
Team RISP: 1-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.

SB: Gordon, D 2 (7, 2nd base off Beavan/Quintero, 2nd base off Carraway/Marlette).

E: Butera (1, throw).
PB: Butera (1).
Outfield assists: Van Slyke (Seager at 1st base).
DP: (Van Slyke-Robinson, C).
Pickoffs: Beckett (Almonte, A at 1st base).

Seattle Pitching

Beavan (W, 1-0)3.03311202.25
Kensing (H, 2)2.01000100.00
Carraway (H, 2)1.23222114.91
Arias, Jo (H, 1)1.10001100.00
Farquhar (S, 1)1.00002105.40

LA Dodgers Pitching

Beckett (L, 0-1)3.06551039.00
Wright, J2.02111004.50
Dominguez, J2.01001300.00
Rodriguez, P1.00000100.00

  WP: Farquhar 2, Wright, J.
Groundouts-flyouts: Beavan 3-0, Kensing 3-1, Carraway 1-3, Arias, Jo 1-1, Farquhar 0-1, Beckett 4-0, Wright, J 3-1, Dominguez, J 2-1, Withrow 1-0, Rodriguez, P 2-0.
Batters faced: Beavan 14, Kensing 7, Carraway 10, Arias, Jo 5, Farquhar 5, Beckett 14, Wright, J 9, Dominguez, J 8, Withrow 5, Rodriguez, P 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Arias, Jo 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Alex Ortiz. 1B: Scott Barry. 2B: Cory Blaser. 3B: Ben May.
Weather: 78 degrees, clear.
Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
T: 3:19.
Att: 13,427.
Venue: Camelback Ranch.
March 8, 2014

Seattle Batting

LA Dodgers Batting

Seattle Pitching

LA Dodgers Pitching