Mariners Spring Training Game Twenty-Three: Mariners 6, Giants 5

Ben Gamel’s flow isn’t quite on par with Taylor Motter’s.

He’s got great volume, but the length and the majesty, for lack of a better term, falls short (no pun intended). Despite his slightly inferior locks, he took a major step up today with an outstanding defensive play in the top of the first, making a leaping grab and crashing into the wall. This was just another sign of great things to come from the Mariner outfield this season, who has shown great potential from both sides of the plate.

Walks Key Eighth Inning Rally

 The M’s went into the eight inning down two runs, and the minor leaguers took matters into their own hands. Tyler O’Neill and Chantz Mack drew back-to-back bases loaded walks, and Mike Freeman drove in Ryan Casteel with a sac fly. That whole “C the Z” thing DiPoto is pushing has worked wonders with the M’s this Spring, they’re drawing copious amounts of walks and prioritizing simply getting on base over explosive at-bats, although the power has been there in bunches throughout the Spring.

Guillermo Heredia is a Blast to Watch

 I loved watching Yasiel Puig’s play during his electric rookie campaign. It seemed like everything was on accident, it seemed so out of control at times. Heredia channels a similar hectic energy, but has much more control than Puig even has today. He’s shown great power at the plate and powers line drives all over the field, and flies around the basepaths. He’s a thrill to watch, particularly knowing that he can back up his electric offense with solid defensive play. I’m a big fan of whatever these Cuban leagues are teaching their players to do. Their Spanish is impossible to understand, though.

Iwakuma Gets His Control Back

 Iwakuma’s line doesn’t look stellar at first glance, giving up three earned runs and a home run. Keep in mind that that home run and two of those earned runs went to Jarrett Parker, who has had an incredible Spring for San Francisco and will gain a bit of attention this regular season. Kuma still recorded five punchouts and was far from his NBA player after the Monstars take his powers form against Milwaukee. If you don’t get that reference, you probably don’t have the patience to watch the movie it comes from.

Seattle heads to Surprise tomorrow to take on the Rangers, Dillon Overton will start off on the mound.

In WBC play, the United States will attempt to stay afloat by beating the Dominican Republic, a tall task for sure.