Cactus League Game 27 – Mariners at Rockies (again)

marc w · April 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

We’ve finally made it to the end of spring training. It’s minor league opening day eve, and there’s another oddball “real” MLB game tonight, ahead of tomorrow’s opening day for most and Friday’s “did we forget anyone?” opening day redux.

The M’s will send Hector Noesi to the hill in what’s actually a fairly interesting game for the presumptive #3 starter. With Charlie Furbush and Erasmo Ramirez in the bullpen (one in Tacoma and one in Seattle). If they lose a starter, it won’t take long for one of them to get stretched out, but you’d think one of the 6th or 7th starters would be…starting somewhere.

The Rainiers roster is finally set after this morning’s moves, and Mike Curto’s got a list of what to watch for here, ahead of tomorrow evening’s opener against Salt Lake.

High Desert kicks off tomorrow as well, and the High Desert Daily Press has a great interview with new manager (and last year’s Minor League Coordinator) Pedro Grifol.

Jackson’s roster’s the one everyone will focus on thanks to the presence of Paxton, Walker, Hultzen and Franklin – but it’s under-the-radar command pitcher Andrew Carraway who’ll get the ball on opening day. According to Chris Harris, it’l be Carraway, then Paxton, then Brandon Maurer, then Hultzen and then Taijuan Walker. That means high-ceiling prospect Carter Capps will start in the pen for Jackson, fresh off his eye-opening inning in a big league game last week. I know a lot of us were eager to see what he could do as a starter, but he could move very quickly as a late-game reliever.

Here’s the line-up for the final game of the second phase of spring training. Yes, yes, it started a while ago. Oops.
1: Figgins (LF)
2: Ackley (2B)
3: Suzuki (RF)
4: Smoak (1B)
5: Seager (3B)
6: Ryan (SS)
7: Saunders (CF)
8: Wells (DH)
9: Jaso (C)
Sp: Noesi


17 Responses to “Cactus League Game 27 – Mariners at Rockies (again)”

  1. marc w on April 4th, 2012 1:34 pm

    Jhoulys Chacin plunks Brendan Ryan. I don’t know about the Rockies, you guys.

  2. marc w on April 4th, 2012 1:47 pm

    Chacin was the opening day starter for Colorado Springs against Tacoma in 2010. Just re-read the post from that game, and looked through the pictures which meant seeing Greg Halman pictures again. And now I’m sad.

  3. Paul B on April 4th, 2012 1:51 pm

    No TV, just radio, I think, which is probably why there is minimal interest in this game.

    Well, that and it is the last spring training game.

  4. MX on April 4th, 2012 2:04 pm

    I don’t even see this game on

  5. stevemotivateir on April 4th, 2012 2:05 pm

    Good to see Seager and Saunders continuing to show they’ve earned their places on the team.

  6. stevemotivateir on April 4th, 2012 2:06 pm

    Right on Wells!

  7. stevemotivateir on April 4th, 2012 2:08 pm

    Wow, Jaso really needed that!

  8. groundzero55 on April 4th, 2012 2:08 pm

    It’s amazing, this thing called “stringing hits together.” Are teams normally supposed to do that? It’s just so foreign to me.

  9. TherzAlwaysHope on April 4th, 2012 2:42 pm

    Quiz time kids: Who has hit two triples today? Can’t believe it.

  10. Nate on April 4th, 2012 2:53 pm

    Did I read that right? Figgins is 2-4 with 2 TRIPLES? (1 Run, 3 RBI’s).

    I could stand to see that a couple of times a week.

  11. groundzero55 on April 4th, 2012 2:55 pm

    He better do it every day if he wants to make up for the last couple years.

  12. Westside guy on April 4th, 2012 3:01 pm

    Is this game on I can’t find it for some reason…

  13. EricL on April 4th, 2012 3:25 pm

    You have to go to the scoreboard page. Now that the season is starting “for real” tonight, has removed the remaining spring training games from the front page.

  14. Westside guy on April 4th, 2012 3:27 pm

    Great – thanks!

  15. Westside guy on April 4th, 2012 3:46 pm

    Ugh. Figgins hits two triples. How much you bet we hear all about how he’s “turned it all around” and is “finally getting comfortable in his old leadoff role”, with people pulling the old stunt of looking at one game’s performance and ignoring all the others?

  16. Mid80sRighty on April 4th, 2012 4:20 pm

    This can’t be right, on the Gameday boxscore it shows Noesi only throwing 34 pitches in 7 innings?? What, did he have like 3 or 4 three pitch innings?

  17. argh on April 4th, 2012 9:36 pm

    Yesterday, was piddle on Peguero day and he went 4 for 5; today we mocked the final hours of Figgins as an M and he hits 2 triples. It may be small sample size for those guys but USS Mariner’s starting to develop a real track record here — taunt them and they will hit!

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