Mariners 10, Rangers 3
If you're keeping track, by the way, that means the Mariners have scored 28 runs and allowed 28 runs in 7 spring training games, but have a 1-6 record. Five out of those six losses are by one run.
Also, I feel partially responsible for this win, as I went over Jeff's head and created a front page game thread for it at Lookout Landing. Obviously, the team needed the karma!
Now there's only one team in the MLB left which hasn't won any games at all in spring training, and that's the Pirates (who tied yesterday, and lost 11-10 to the Phillies today). Ouch.
Out of nowhere, today is the birthday of Pete Gray, the only one-armed guy to play in the major leagues. (One-armed, not one-handed, as it was pointed out about Hugh Daly and Jim Abbott in the LL game thread).
Sadly, it is also the one-year anniversary of the death of Kirby Puckett.
Anyway, the best thing about today's game:
Horacio Ramirez, Julio Mateo, and Arthur Rhodes combined for 5 no-hit, no-run innings.
More importantly, Horacio Ramirez faced 11 batters, walked 2, struck out 1, and got 6 groundball outs and 2 fly outs (one of which was actually a liner to shortstop). I can be pretty happy about that. His first outing on March 1st was also somewhat like that -- 7 batters in 2 innings, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 hit, 4 ground outs, 1 fly out. Rafael Soriano has yet to throw a pitch in spring training -- maybe this trade's going to work out for us after all.
We all know Spring Training is sort of like an alternate dimension, but it's nice to see some encouraging things going on.