Through the first five innings of today's game it was the Kyle Seager show. With Jason Vargas throwing 4 innings of no-hit baseball, he showed why he was a part of the starting rotation coming into camp, while others, they are out to earn their spot. Seager, he did just that. Giving Vargas and the M's an early lead in the bottom of the first with a homerun off of Padres starter Anthony Bass.
In the third inning it was Seager again putting numbers on the board after two consecutive walks to Chone Figgins and Munenori Kawasaki. Seager hit a single that brought in Figgins and the M's were up 2 - 0.
The fifth inning, Seager! Yes, it was Kyle Seager again who hit a single that scored Kawasaki who got on base via a two out single. Munenori was at second base due to a throwing error and was able to score on Seagers hit due to another scoring error. Seager did not get the RBI on the play but did get credit for the hit. Still in the fifth, after a single by Mike Carp, Jesus Montero came up and hit a double on a line drive to right field that scored Seager and sent Carp to third. M's 4 - Padres 0.
It remained 4 - 0 until the ninth when the M's brought in Jarrett Grube to pitch. Collectively up to that point the M's had used 5 pitchers through 8 innings to give up just three hits. Grube came in and made things interesting allowing the Padres to put up a four spot on the board after giving up three hits and with the help of an error by Nick Franklin, gave up four runs (three earned) a walk and a strikeout. Ouch!
Chavez has had a hot bat so far this spring. It's the young guys that are really earning their keep so far this spring. Seager had an amazing day and is now 4 for 6 this spring with a HR, Montero has two hits in 6 AB's with a HR and a double. Chavez has a HR and a double in 3 AB's and Peguero, who had the day off today has two HR's in his two games. If there is anything in Mariner baseball to get excited about, it's the future of this organization and the future is upon us. How many of these young guys are going to be on the Major League roster this year? If I had my way, which I usually don't, there would be a lot more young blood in my lineup.
MARINER BASEBALL - A lot to look forward to.