I think it’s fair to say the United States is the best country at all sports. It’s only fair to say that to justify my plan to cancel the WBC and bring back the majority of the Mariners’ roster to avoid nights like this.
Seattle stranded twenty-two runners on base and Cleveland took home a 14-6 win in Peoria Behind three home runs, including a grand slam by Adam Moore off of Zac Curtis. It was certainly a night to forget for the Mariners, but let’s take a look at some of the highlights for Seattle.
First off, Hisashi Iwakuma was sharp in his two innings of work. He recorded two strikeouts and only one walk. After his last start, he expressed the need to control his pitches and keep them low in the zone. He certainly did that today, and looked like the Iwakuma Seattle will need to anchor the rotation this year.
At the plate, Kyle Seager had a solid day. He went 2-3 with a double and a walk. His numbers have steadily increased over the years and he ended up with 30 home runs and 99 RBI in 2016. Hopefully that upward trend continues into 2016 and he can continue to drive in runs with plenty of weapons in front of him in the lineup.
Daniel Vogelbach wins today’s C the Z award after drawing two walks. He’s doing exactly what’s expected of him as Seattle’s likely starting first baseman. He’s driving in runs, hitting for average and getting hits when the team needs it, and showing patience at the plate while providing solid defense.
Zach Shank continues to have a quietly productive Spring. In his only at-bat of the game, he drove in a run in the bottom of the ninth, his fifth of the Spring. The game was far lost by that point, but he shows he’s a constant competitor and a productive at-bat. He’s batting .556 for the Spring and has played lockdown defense at third base. He’s spent a bit of time with the AAA club, if this sort of play keeps up into the season, expect to see him take the field at Safeco a few times. Solid looking player.
In WBC play, Tyler O’Neill jacked a home run for team North Montana, or Canada, (depending on how spiteful you are) in an expedition against the Yankees today. Team Dominican Republic will face O’Neill and his countrymen tomorrow, while King Felix and Team Venezuela will square off against Team Puerto Rico on Friday.
The Mariners head to Mesa to face reigning the reigning World Champion Chicago Cubs with Paxton taking the mound.