Mariners Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Angels 9, Mariners 8

Cody Martin has had better days, at least I hope he has. I mean, Trout was on the other half of the split squad and Martin still got taken to town, just a bad day. Luckily, The M’s made a late run and showed some great rallying offense today. Also, Twitter says that Griffey was in the house today. And I really love that guy.

Thank Goodness He’s a Minor Leaguer

I always wonder what it’s like for fans of, say, the Braves, the Reds, the Rays, or any other mediocre team, and how that would be to see performances like Martin’s today and know that this dude is good enough to be in your starting rotation. Then, I remember the majority of the last sixteen years, and I know exactly how that feels. Martin didn’t make it out of the third, allowing six earned runs, walking three, and giving up two long balls. He struggled keeping his pitches down; the two homers came off a hanging curve and a pitch about chest high to Eric Young Jr. Everyone has bad days, but getting this close to the start of the regular season, I’m glad he’ll spend a bit more time in AAA.

Marc Rzepczynski had a solid inning of work, he’ll be a great addition to the bullpen this season.

Segura Goes Yard

Jean Segura got the M’s on the board in the sixth with a two-run shot, his second of the Spring. That seemed to wake up the Mariners, who went on to rally for six runs over the next two innings. Valencia, Heredia, and Luis Rengifo each doubled in runs, and Mike Freeman added a sacrifice play on a groundout. I mentioned it yesterday, Heredia is probably my favorite player to watch right now, so much energy and speed, he literally starts sprinting during his follow-through on his double today. Gotta love it.

The Mariners hit six doubles in total, with Cruz, Freeman, and Gamel joining the party as well.

Motter Should Thank Shawn’s Appendix

Shawn O’Malley will be out for a little while following an appendectomy last night. Fortunately, he’s OK, but there’s no word regarding his return. Taylor Motter now looks like he’ll have the utility job when the season starts. He struck out twice today, but he’s played great defense, swung the bat well, and has beautiful hair and a healthy appendix (knock on wood). All that equals a starting job for Motter.

Team USA currently leads Puerto Rico for the WBC title, and The M’s head to Scottsdale to take on the Giants with King Felix on the mound.