Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/18/14
How’d they do? The Seattle Mariners started the 2012 campaign off with some tough decisions. Two of those decisions were to send Casper Wells and Alex Liddi to Tacoma to start the year. A week of baseball is in the bag and the youngsters are getting their first crack in the starting lineup today against the Rangers. The Mariners entered the game 4-3 looking to split the series with Texas. Unfortunately, they dropped the game 5-3, falling to .500 on the year.
While the final result was bad news, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. We got to see the season introductions of 2 future Mariners stars!
Alex Liddi Alex Liddi played 3rd base, which really was no surprise to anybody who pays attention. That’s his sole spot unlike many utility-type players the Mariners have. Putting him at third base sends Kyle Seager to 2nd base with Chone Figgins taking over center field for the day. Liddi batted second in the lineup, taking over Dustin Ackley‘s normal spot. In the 1st inning, Liddi saw mostly fast balls in his first at bat. He struck out looking. In the 3rd inning, he saw the same pitches and struck out swinging. After finding his bearings, he righted those wrongs of the 1st and 3rd with an RBI single to left field in the top of the 6th. The hit was a solid line drive and scored Brendan Ryan on the play. In his last at bat, Liddi flew out to deep center field. Although it was registered as an out, the fly ball hit to the warning track advanced Chone Figgins from 2nd to 3rd base. Liddi played solid in the field, converting all put out attempts he got. Final totals: 1 for 4, 1 single, 1 RBI, 2K’s, .250 avg Casper Wells Casper Wells played Left Field with Michael Saundersgiven almost all of the day off. He batted 8th in the order. Alex Liddi had an RBI in his season debut for the Mariners In his first at bat, Wells suffered the same fate as Liddi did. He struck out looking to end the 2nd inning. In his second at bat, he mirrored Liddi again, striking out swinging in the 5th inning. In the 7th inning, Wells flied out to Right Field. And in his scheduled 9th spot in the batting order, he was replaced by Michael Saunders in a pinch hit situation. Saunders grounded out to end the game with Miguel Olivo on 2nd base. Wells did have a fielding highlight as well, hustling to a ball hit on the ground to left field and throwing it on a rope to second base. Seems routine, but that beeline throw sent the runner sprinting back to 1st base because he knew he was going to be thrown out at 2nd base. Kyle Seager held up on the throw to 1st base, although it looked like they may have got the out had he made the throw. Final totals: 0 for 3, 2K’s, .000 avg Final Grades Liddi played well, knocking in the RBI in the 6th inning. The first 2 at bats could’ve gone better but there were several factors working against him. Besides the fact that it was his first big league game of the season, the nerves were probably in full effect. On top of that, Rangers starter Derrick Holland was just on fire. Although Wells was semi-disappointing at the plate, the same factors apply that Liddi faced. The one big positive is the fact that Wells is solid in the field, playing with high energy. He was quick to the ball and threw the ball to the infield on a rope every time he made a play.
The season is young and this Mariners team is still growing and developing.
Although these weren’t stellar starts to either of these guys’ seasons, they showed enough today and during Spring Training to show that they WILL be a force to be reckoned with in the future. One thing is for certain – there is a bright future ahead of the Mariners. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MARINERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB! © Brandon Choate for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook Post tags: Alex Liddi, Casper Wells, Chone Figgins, Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Mariners, Mariners blog, Mariners recap, Mariners Roster, Mariners vs Rangers recap, Marivers vs Rangers, Michael Saunders, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Mariners Blog, Seattle vs Texas recap, Seattle vs. Texas
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL: Luke Kuechly should not have been ejected

Report: Okla. St. players fell asleep in drive-thru, arrested

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

Mike Pettine considered benching Hoyer for Manziel

Percy Harvin speaks out: 'I'm not a perfect person'

Report: Kobe has prevented Lakers from signing top talent

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

Alleged details of War Machine's suicide letter released

Austin Davis says Rams security didn't recognize him

LeBron: Bulls are 'much better' than Cavs right now

Redskins to stick with Colt McCoy over Kirk Cousins

Rick Pitino: Louisville will beat FSU in football

Floyd Mayweather posts photo evidence of a lost bet

WATCH: Paul George takes court for first time since leg injury

Five most surprising NFL players through seven weeks

WATCH: Boxer viciously attacks referee at Euro Championships

WATCH: Salvador Perez hassles Lorenzo Cain at media session

Lane Kiffin trashed in Tennessee political ad

WATCH: Lawrence Timmons throws up on field during MNF

10 NBA players who could be traded by the All-Star break

WATCH: Jimbo Fisher gets annoyed, cuts interview short

WATCH: Les Miles has classic reaction to dumb question

WATCH: Tennessee coach tried to trip Ole Miss player?

News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

Mariners News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Angry Jimbo Fisher cuts off interview

Is Kobe's deal hurting the Lakers?

Tenn. coach tried to trip Ole Miss CB?

GGG continues his reign of terror

The 6 things that mattered this weekend in the premier league

News station congratulates Gary Payton for TD record

Ray Rice could be back by Week 10?

12 amazing stats from Week 7

World Series preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.