Game Thread! It’s a Charity Game, but Hey, Baseball!

marc w · February 22, 2013 at 9:35 am · Filed Under Mariners 

I’m going to level with you. This is a game taking place before the regular cactus league ‘season’ and the pitching match-up pits Hector Noesi against Sean O’Sullivan. I’d love to see Dustin Ackley’s new swing against live pitching, but he’s not playing today. That said, if you tune your radio (710am) or smartphone/computer (mlb at-bat app) at 12:05 you’ll hear actual professional baseball today.

Here’s the line-up the M’s are trotting out against their hated rivals, the San Diego Padres:
1: Mike Saunders (CF)
2: Kyle Seager (3B)
3: Kendrys Morales (DH)
4: Michael Morse (RF)
5: Raul Ibanez (LF)
6: Jesus Montero (C)
7: Mike Jacobs (1B)
8: Robert Andino (SS)
9: Carlos Triunfel (2B)
SP: Hector Noesi

I know they used Eric Thames in RF fairly often last year, but somehow Mike Morse feels like even more of an anti-Ichiro – both physically and in terms of his overall game.

Comments

58 Responses to “Game Thread! It’s a Charity Game, but Hey, Baseball!”

  1. Snuffleupagus on February 22nd, 2013 9:43 am

    So Saunders gets to play the entire outfield . . . that could be fun to watch.

  2. currcoug on February 22nd, 2013 9:59 am

    Saw a clip of Morse in the batting cage (MLB TV)…Morse is not quite as heavy as Frank Thomas, but he is just huge (bulging biceps, large shoulders, and thick chest). Let’s hope he stays healthy, and we finally see some moon shots by a right hand hitter to RF at Safeco, let alone LF/CF.

  3. Nate on February 22nd, 2013 10:09 am

    Baseball!!

  4. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 10:33 am

    Just once, while the games count for nothing, I’d like to see an outfield of Bay, Thames, and Ibanez, or Morse in place of Thames.

  5. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 10:33 am

    Baseball, and it’s probably not the worst/weirdest starting line-up we’ll see. Go M’s.

    And pitch fx! Even if it’s just the seriously wonky Peoria pitch fx, it’s actual data! Sort of!

  6. Barron on February 22nd, 2013 10:45 am

    Hooray!

  7. MarinersBoy on February 22nd, 2013 11:03 am

    I used to actually get excited for the charity games just because it meant finally hearing Dave’s voice again…sigh. It will never be the same.

  8. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 11:05 am

    So the big question: Who has more errors collectively today, the infield… or the outfield?

  9. georgmi on February 22nd, 2013 11:05 am

    It’s not an error if you don’t get to the ball in the first place.

  10. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 11:08 am

    True, but we can still evaluate bad defense without errors, which is what I was generally getting at;)

  11. currcoug on February 22nd, 2013 11:13 am

    I don’t care about defense at this point, let’s just not see injuries of the sort we have seen with Carp and Morse in the past.

  12. shortbus on February 22nd, 2013 12:11 pm

    Hopefully Ibanez’ last start in the field, ever.

  13. rjjunior on February 22nd, 2013 12:12 pm

    Shocker! First fly ball: E7

  14. msfanmike on February 22nd, 2013 12:17 pm

    Noesi!

  15. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 12:20 pm

    This escalated quickly.

  16. argh on February 22nd, 2013 12:21 pm

    Great to have baseball back even if Hector “I Never Met a Hitter I Didn’t Want to Give a Present To” Noesi is pitching. If that’s what you call it.

    The way the Mariners are out of the gate today, I can *smell* the play-offs.

  17. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 12:21 pm

    Gotta love the gameday live stats. Noesi: 54.00 ERA. Why bother?!

  18. Sports on a Shtick on February 22nd, 2013 12:22 pm

    Someone is in midseason form!

  19. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 12:23 pm

    I don’t think you understand the expected beneficiaries of the charity game, Hector.

  20. philosofool on February 22nd, 2013 12:24 pm

    Damn it, Marc, you stole my comment.

  21. argh on February 22nd, 2013 12:27 pm

    Maybe it’s charity victims of some horrible disease. “Here, take this autographed Hector Noesi baseball and be thankful that no matter how bad your health may be, you’re not Hector Noesi.”

  22. WTF_Ms on February 22nd, 2013 12:37 pm

    Ahh, baseball! How can you NOT be romantic about this game?

    Well, E7 and Hector…that’s a start!

    Either way, it’s cool to listen to a game again!

  23. argh on February 22nd, 2013 12:41 pm

    Oliver Perez! Mowin’ ‘em down in Peoria.

  24. Logger on February 22nd, 2013 12:46 pm

    For those that don’t have the MLB app or access to a radio, any updates would be appreciated if someone has time and interest.

  25. WTF_Ms on February 22nd, 2013 12:50 pm
  26. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 12:55 pm

    Thanks, WTF_M’s! Nice to hear Goldsmith.

  27. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 1:04 pm

    All right, Andrew Carraway gets a shot.

  28. WTF_Ms on February 22nd, 2013 1:05 pm

    Goldsmith sounds good! Once he gets up to speed on the roster, and things of a “color commentator”, he’ll be great!

  29. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 1:09 pm

    Not a bad inning for Mr. Carraway – pitched around a single by Denorfia.

  30. WTF_Ms on February 22nd, 2013 1:11 pm

    Carraway did waaayyyy better than Noesi!

  31. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 1:16 pm

    Well of course he did! Noesi wore all the Padres out. They’re probably still trying catch their breath from all the AB’s and running around the bases.

  32. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 1:16 pm

    First base hit, courtesy of Morse.

  33. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 1:21 pm

    ookay, Chance Ruffin. He can’t possibly get off to a worse start this year than he did in 2012.

  34. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 1:23 pm

    And you would be correct, Marc!

  35. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 1:35 pm

    Zunino now catching Logan Bawcom

  36. Westside guy on February 22nd, 2013 1:44 pm

    I’ve missed all of the game up until now, but on the bright side – we had a farewell lunch for a co-worker, which meant we got to drink beer at a work lunch. Woo hoo!

  37. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 1:46 pm

    On the bright side, you also missed the first inning!

  38. Westside guy on February 22nd, 2013 1:46 pm

    Oh great – I tune in and the first thing I hear is a Peguero at bat.

    (BTW you know it’s early when Peggy takes a walk)

  39. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 1:51 pm

    Cool – the first pitch fx look we get for LHP Anthony Fernandez.

  40. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 1:52 pm

    And a three pitch K vs. his first hitter. Nice.

  41. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 1:57 pm

    We’ll get our first look at Zunino in a Mariner uniform shortly. I’m calling a double.

  42. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 2:00 pm

    I was referring to his first official regular season MLB game which has yet to happen, of course.

  43. argh on February 22nd, 2013 2:01 pm

    Make that two doubles as long as you’re up.

  44. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 2:01 pm

    Brian Moran and his ‘invisi-ball’ are in to pitch the 8th. Moran’s little brother is a potential first-round bat in this year’s draft.

  45. Westside guy on February 22nd, 2013 2:01 pm

    Ouch, Steve, I see what you mean about the first inning…

    I’d say “well, it’s early” – but we’re talking about Noesi, and as was mentioned earlier, this is midseason form for him.

  46. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 2:07 pm

    1 K and 2 GBs – nice job from Moran. I know it’s February and that he’s not facing the best competition, but it’s nice to see someone throwing 83MPH fastballs do well. And his AAA numbers were eye-popping. If he threw 89…

  47. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 2:14 pm

    Danny Farquhar in for the 9th. Both pitchers the M’s got for Ichiro get into the charity game.

  48. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 2:18 pm

    Has he been working on a cutter for a while, or is this something new?

  49. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 2:20 pm

    It’s new, but it predates his time with the M’s, steve. I think he picked it up early in 2012 or late 2011 or something.

  50. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 2:23 pm

    Ah, thanks. This was the first time I had heard/seen anything about it.

  51. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 2:23 pm

    Yeesh, PB from Zunino.

  52. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 2:29 pm

    He had quite a few in his limited time between Everett and Jackson last year. I’m sure part of it’s getting used to a little more heat and movement from college, but it’s still a little surprising.

  53. Westside guy on February 22nd, 2013 2:30 pm

    Ah, spring training games…

    Ah, Peguero…

  54. marc w on February 22nd, 2013 2:32 pm

    Yes,a lot of the defensive reports haven’t been great, particularly in pitch blocking. THat’s not the end of the world or anything, but it’s something to work on.

  55. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 2:34 pm

    Wow, two walks for Peguero. Nice to see a little plate discipline from him, even if it’s short-lived.

  56. stevemotivateir on February 22nd, 2013 2:37 pm

    Wells! Good to see him do that with two strikes.

  57. patnmic on February 22nd, 2013 4:16 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/gyorko-slam-leads-padres-over-230708976–mlb.html
    I liked the Yahoo! Sports article. Only because in the 3rd to the last paragraph they gave Noesi a nickname that should probably stick.
    “Noesi, the loser, allowed six runs – four earned – four hits and four walks while retiring just two batters.”
    Weird, they forgot to capitalize it.

  58. stevemotivateir on February 23rd, 2013 9:03 am

    ^Too funny! Seriously though, I hope Noesi gets everything figured out and produces something positive, even it’s just trade value.

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