Carlos Peguero stars in Mariners 13-12 win over Padres


  It took 10 innings and 13 runs on 18 hits for the Seattle Mariners to pick-up their first win of the 2011 Spring Training season 13-12 over the San Diego Padres down here in Peoria on this cloudy and chilly day. Josh Bard the veteran catcher drove-in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 10th with a bases loaded single up the middle in front of a small but lively crowd who were on their feet as the 3-2 pitch with t down was served-up to Bard.

   Outside of the impressive first inning by Mariners Pitcher Erik Bedard, this game was all about offense for both sides as the respective managers just kept sending out young pitchers to get battered. The Mariners offense was more lively than I can remember in any game last year with a bunch of guys coming-up with clutch hits including Jack Wilson who had a couple of base knocks that drove in runs for Eric Wedge and his scrappy club.

   But 24 year-old outfielder Carlos Peguero had perhaps the biggest day of all the M’s with his 2-run homer with two down in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and send it into 10th inning. In the Padres half of the 10th Peguero threw a bullet from left to nail the potential go-ahead run for the Padres at the plate in dramatic style, allowing Josh Bard to knock home the winning run in a game that lasted almost 3 1/2 hours. Carlos Peguero hit 23 dingers down in AA West Tennessee to lead the league, and at 6’5” and built like an ox he stands a good chance of pushing a few of the AAA guys we all know of out of the way, if he can keep playing like he did today.

   After watching today’s game I am starting to believe what Jack Zduriencik has been talking about in regard to the Mariners bright future. Peguero along with Johermyn Chavez who also played in AA last year, are both on the 40 man roster, and I can see why now. I have a hunch that guys like Michael Saunders, Greg Hallman, and Mike Wilson better keep an eye on these youngsters or they may get left in the dust.

   Again I want to reiterate that Erik Bedard looked smooth and in total command in the first inning as he struck out 2 Padres and got the third out on a routine grounder. This is potentially great news for Seattle as from the looks of the rest of the guys who threw today including Luke French, we will be needing Bedard to complete the starting rotation. Franklin Gutierrez and Jack Cust were not in the lineup today and hopefully I will get a chance to see them play in tomorrow’s 1pm game here in Peoria.

   On a side-note I ran into a few familiar names in Mariners history in the stands today, one was Rick the peanut man who has been with the club since the begining and is always a fun and comforting figure to be around. The other two were none other than Howard Lincoln and Chuck Armstrong who were sitting close to me. I have pictures and video clips of all three and may try to get them up later tonight after I come back from dinner.

   It was a fun and invigorating day for Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog today down here in Peoria as the Mariners put on an offensive display that hopefully will continue the rest of the season! Go M’s…


  1. D. says

    I came across your blog while looking up M’s spring training info (considering coming out for part of it). Just wondering – could you please share if you know if the Mariners practice on game day mornings in the Peoria Sports Complex before heading to away games? Thought it’d be fun to check that out if it’s accessible.

    • Jeff says

      Hi, Yes I go over in the mornings to watch the drills, batting cages etc. the rookies are there all day as well. Hope you enjoyed my Blog, Follow by subsribing or twiier if you like it. PS its great here but hotels are high right next to stadium better off a couple miles away.See ya,Jeff

  2. Scott says

    Good stuff Jeff. Way to take one for the team and sacrifice your late February in Seattle to tough it out down in the desert. I like this Peguero kid a lot. I know it’s only spring training, but game-tying 9th inning homers followed by game-saving outfield assists gets my baseball blood pumping again. And not a moment too soon.

    • Jeff says

      Scott,You would love it here…Hoping to add you as a writer this year perhaps on Sunday so I can take a day off. See you Thursday….Jeff

  3. alan palm says

    great stuff jeff!

    i will see if i can get get you some images of the m’s. if anyone knows how to get a press pass to get a little closer that would be super!

    i wish i had plans for peoria this spring. go M’s.

    • Jeff says

      Alan Nice chatting tonight. Love to have any contributions of photos that you can come up with this season. Go M’s! Jeff

  4. D. says

    Jeff – thanks again for your advice! I just returned from AZ and went to Peoria twice to watch the M’s work out before their games. Lots of fun to see everything up close and the staff members on the grounds were exceptionally courteous.

    • Jeff says

      Glad to hear it all worked out for you. Hope you get a chance to subscribe to my Blog if you haven’t already. Go M’s ! Jeff

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