Franklin Cruises, M's Still Lose

After winning three of four, the M's couldn't hang on in Scottsdale, losing 4-3 in the Giants' final at-bat.




The Seattle Mariners had a pretty nice day at the ballpark in Scottsdale, the home of the San Francisco Giants. No, they didn't beat their National League counterparts, but in the spring, when individual results of key components matter more than the ultimate final score, the M's will come home to Peoria with some good things to talk about.

The Giants came back late to beat the Mariners 4-3 after trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.

Right-hander Jorge Campillo struggled through his stint, picking up the loss after surrendering the tying runs in the eighth inning, and the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Jeff Nelson yiedled an earned run in his only inning, raising his spring ERA to 7.14 in six innings over five appearances. Nelson could be pushing his way to the bubble of making the roster with more inconsistent outings, like Friday's performance.

But the bright spots counterbalanced the downer of the loss, giving the club a smile to boast on the bus trip home to Peoria.

Starting rotation candidate Ryan Franklin tossed five shutout inning at the Giants, allowing just two hits, while walking one and striking out three.

More good news for the M's came in the sixth when $50 million man, Richie Sexson, went deep off Jesse Foppert – some 450+ feet deep. The two-run bomb was Sexson's first home run of the spring, other than the long ball he smacked in the charity game on March 3.

Ichiro had three more hits to improve his ridiculous spring average to a robust .548.

Campillo gave up four hits in 1.1 innings, allowing three earned runs, while walking one and failing to strike out a single batter.


PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Ryan Franklin, RHP - Franklin rebounded from two straight lackluster starts, throwing five masterful frames against the Giants on Friday. Franklin answered the four scoreless innings by Aaron Sele on Monday (4 IP, 0 ER, 7 K), with an equally impressive start of his own.

Franklin and Sele are the two most likely finalists for the fifth spot in the rotation for the start of the 2005 season. If Sele makes the club, he is guaranteed $700,000, plus incentives, while Franklin will make $2.4 million.


PLAY OF THE DAY

Pokey being "pokey" - M's shortstop Pokey Reese made the start at shortstop on Friday afternoon, and in his first at-bat singled to right field off of left-hander Noah Lowry. As Reese made the turn at first, Giants right-fielder Michael Tucker fired the throw behind Reese at first base. Reese's turn was too wide with a runner on in front of him, and first baseman Pedro Feliz put the tag on Reese for the out.

Today was Reese's first start since returning from North Carolina on personal business.


DEEP THOUGHTS, by InsidethePark.com

  • Randy Winn continued his solid spring, going 2-for-3 with a double. Winn is hitting .375 this spring.
  • Pitcher Ryan Franklin went 1-for-2 at the plate today, as the DH was not in effect in the National League park.
  • The Mariners stole two bases on Friday, but were caught three times. Ichiro fell on both sides, Ramon Santiago was caught trying to steal third and Adrian Beltre swiped his second bag of the spring. Randy Winn was also caught stealing.
  • Right-hander Masao Kida and 1B/C Kit Pellow were re-assigned to minor league camp on Friday, cutting the roster size to 45. More cuts are expected next Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • After Franklin's strong start, the M's starters have been stellar over the past 17 innings. The foursome of Franklin, Meche, Moyer and Madritsch have allowed just five hits, one earned run, while walking four and striking out 14. That is an ERA and a WHIP of 0.53.



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