Found March 04, 2012 on TheDaveSimsShow:

Alright, we’re into March. The first weekend of Spring Training games are history. Here in Arizona, the Mariners are off to a 2-1 start. Jason Vargas, gutty as ever,  went four perfect innings, striking out one Sunday. Okay it was against the San Diego Padres, the NL’s weakest hitting team. Nonetheless, Vargas was impressive with his command. Mariners won a 5-4 decision.

Vargas wasn’t the only Mariners pitcher turning in a strong performance. Out of the bullpen came Brandon League, Charlie Furbush, Forrest Snow and Jeff Marquez who collectively gave up  just three hits and didn’t issue a walk. Jarrett Grube was not as fortunate facing eight hitters, walking one, giving up a two-run single and then getting victimized by Nick Franklin misplaying a wind blown game-ending pop-up that allowed the tying run to score in the visiting ninth.

Luckily for the Mariners Mike Wilson led off the home ninth with an infield hit and Johermyn Chavez followed with a double to deep left center field scoring Wilson with the game winning run.

Great day for third baseman Kyle Seager. He went 3-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and made a nice diving stop taking away a hit from Padres 3B James Darnell.

Monday the Mariners three prized young pitchers, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker will pitch against the Reds in Goodyear, AZ. Meanwhile in Peoria, Felix Hernanedez will make his first spring start against San Diego. Let’s see how the stars of the Mariners future and present hold court.





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