I love Spring Training. If I could marry a non-tangible short series of baseball games I would. Before I start going further into my undying love for semi-useless but equally meaningful baseball games in March, here are the events from the middle two days of my trip:
The night game. Spring Training night games are weird. Night games do not possess a lot of the appeal that a traditional Spring Training game usually boasts. Sure there is the same amount of players facilitating the game and the same amount of spectators wearing unflattering shorts, but the ease and leisure that categorizes Spring Training baseball is absent. It is eerily similar to that “slow cold spring in Safeco” feeling. You know what I’m talking about. This particular game ended up being just that, but ten degrees warmer.
We were sitting in some pretty awesome seats (pictured above), section 100, row 8. Right behind “scouts alley,” as I heard it referred to by the prematurely drunk gentlemen behind me. Nathan Karns was up for the Mariners. Jesse Hahn was opposite him for Oakland. Karns failed to impress this particular game. He gave up a total of 9 runs (7 earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Luckily for Karns, Hahn only lasted 1 1/3 innings giving up 7 runs on 9 hits, but the fun did not stop there! The first two innings took approximately an hour each, and the rest of the game followed suit. Long story short, we did not get out of there until 10:50 PM. Longest. Spring. Training. Game. Ever. Final score: Oakland 13, Seattle 12.
This day the Mariners faced the Colorado Rockies at their home, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. It is gorgeous and overpriced in all it’s relativity new and shiny glory. We sat in the lawn this game, per the expensive nature I just mentioned. Talking Stick had a lot of fun food and drink options, including a condensed version of Arizona’s finest, the Salty Senorita. My beer of choice that game was a Four-Peaks Peach Ale at the red canopied bar to the right of the lawn (pictured above). Really light, but fit well with overwhelming heat.
Taijuan Walker started this game for the Mariners, against Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood. This was Chatwood’s second start against the Mariners in 10 days. This start was fared worse for Chatwood. In 3 innings pitched he gave up 7 hits and 4 runs, but only one of those was earned. Walker pitched 3.2 innings, giving up 9 hits and 6 runs (all earned), but earned the win on the day. Don Roach and Mayckol Guaipe combined for a scoreless 4 1/3 innings. Mike Montogmery came in the 9th, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. Final score: Seattle 10, Colorado 8.