Mariners 10, Angels 5
Alex Liddi will likely fall outside Seattle’s major-league
roster plans. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t gotten the attention of
the Mariners’ brass.
The 22-year-old from Italy who played in the 2009 World Baseball
Classic hit his second grand slam in as many days Thursday, leading
a seven-run rally as the Mariners beat a Los Angeles Angels split
Liddi, who connected on a 2-1 pitch from reliever Ryan Chaffee
in the fifth, also hit a solo shot in a six-inning exhibition game
Tuesday – giving him three homers in three days.
”I heard the fans saying ‘Do it again,’ but I was just trying
to do something over second base to get two runs in with the bases
loaded,” Liddi said. ”What happened, I wasn’t trying to do.”
Liddi calls himself more of a line-drive hitter. He’s 4 for 11
(.364) with a team-leading eight RBI this spring.
”I still need to get better and work on some things,” Liddi
added. ”I feel good but I’m not there yet.”
Left-hander Erik Bedard moved closer to being ready for the
Mariners’ starting rotation, allowing a run on three hits with two
strikeouts in 2 2-3 innings. Bedard, coming off shoulder surgery
that kept him out of the majors last season, threw 55 pitches in
his third and longest outing of spring training. The run was the
first he’s surrendered this spring.
”It wasn’t as good as the other (starts) but that’s what spring
training’s for,” Bedard said. ”Results are second and arm is
first. When it feels good, it’s a positive.”
Gabe Gross, a non-roster outfielder, also homered for the
Mariners, who have five home runs in their last two games.
Peter Bourjos had three hits and two RBI and Kevin Richardson
hit a solo home run for the Angels.
Chaffee was responsible for all seven Seattle runs in the fifth,
but because of two errors, only one was earned.
Notes: Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez left the team to be with
his father-in-law, Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis
Salazar, who is in a Florida hospital. Salazar was hit in the face
by a batted ball Wednesday and underwent surgery. Gutierrez could
return to the team as soon as Friday night. … Angels INF Kendrys
Morales is progressing with his rehabilitation from a broken ankle
suffered last May, and took part in Thursday’s workout in full. No
timetable is set for Morales’ spring training game debut.