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March 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Game thread: Jeremy Bonderman gets start against Angels in bid to crack Mariners rotation

Justin Smoak crosses home plate after his home run the opposite way to left in fourth inning put the Mariners ahead.

Justin Smoak crosses home plate after his home run the opposite way to left in fourth inning put the Mariners ahead.

Seattle just scored three more runs in the sixth inning off former Seattle reliever Chad Cordero — on the comeback trail again this spring — to go up 6-2 on the Angels. Michael Saunders opened things up with a double, then Nick Franklin singled to bring him in. Raul Ibanez followed with a double to center to bring the second run home and Jesus Montero singled to score Ibanez. Bad day for Cordero, who just got taken out — his lone out coming on a strikeout of Justin Smoak.

Just got done talking to Jeremy Bonderman in the clubhouse and he said he’s regaining the feel he once had before leaving baseball after the 2010 season. Bonderman said the only real mistake he made came on the Chris Iannetta double in the second inning. Other than that, he was pleased with how he kept the ball down in the zone and got the Angels to mostly hit it into the dirt.

As for his chances of making the team, he’s being philosophical about it for now.

“I’m still taking opportunities to try stuff and work on stuff,” said Bonderman, who threw split-fingered fastballs to righties — Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo — on two occasions for the first time in his career. “But also, I need results. It’s not like when you’re on the team for sure and you can go out there and really work on stuff. I’m trying to work on stuff and put up results. It’s working out so far.”

Bonderman isn’t sure what lies in store.

“There are some good guys here,” he said. “If I don’t make the team, I don’t make the team. It’s part of the business. I’ve proved to myself I can pitch again in the big leagues. If it isn’t here, it will be somewhere, hopefully, if not I’ll be at home.”

Does that mean he wouldn’t consider starting out in Class AAA?

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll just have to see how spring plays out. I’m not at that point yet, so when the time comes, we’ll make our decision.”

2:17 p.m.: Justin Smoak gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth with an opposite field homer to left off Tommy Hanson. So, chalk up one more big hit from Smoak batting left-handed this spring.

Jeremy Bonderman gave up a one-out single to Vernon Wells in the bottom of the inning, but got his second inning-ending double play in as many frames with a 6-4-3 grounder off the bat of Chris Iannetta.

Bonderman is now done for the day. Over the four innings, he allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts, no walks and the two double-plays.


Fans file into Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. ahead of today's Mariners game against the Angels.

Fans file into Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. ahead of today’s Mariners game against the Angels.

1:57 p.m.: Jeremy Bonderman is through the third inning, still tied 2-2. He struck out Peter Bourjos to start things off, then allowed a single to Howie Kendrick before getting a 4-6-3 double-play grounder off the bat of Josh Hamilton. That’s twice Hamilton has rolled over on a pitch from Bonderman today.1:43 p.m.: It didn’t take long for the Angels to tie it 2-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second off Jeremy BondermanVernon Wells led off with a single lined to right, then Chris Iannetta lined a double to left center to bring one run home. One bunt later, Iannetta was on third and scored on an ensuing groundout.1:33 p.m.: Julio Morban just opened the scoring in the second inning with a two-run homer to right field off Tommy Hanson in the top of the second. Hanson began the inning by walking Justin Smoak and then — one out later — Morban got all of a 2-2 offering. Mariners lead it 2-0.

1:29 p.m.: Some good pitching by Jeremy Bonderman to get out of some first inning trouble. Peter Bourjos began the frame by chopping a ball over third baseman Vinnie Catricala’s head for a single. Bonderman then got a double-play grounder to third off Howie Kendrick, but Bourjos is one of the fastest guys in baseball and forced Catricala to go to first base for the lone out. Josh Hamilton came up with Bourjos in scoring position, but Bonderman got him to roll over on a grounder to the right side for the second out. Mark Trumbo then lined a ball to right, but right to Julio Morban for the final out of the inning.

The Mariners went 1-2-3 on three pop-ups in their half of the first.

12:30 p.m.: Plenty of good discussion earlier on the blog and throughout the Twittersphere about the post in which the Mariners’ starting rotation and back end battles was the topic. Well, one of the non-roster guys competing for a spot in that rotation, Jeremy Bonderman, takes the mound this afternoonfor a Mariners split-squad in Tempe, Ariz. against the Los Angeles Angels. Bonderman won’t be facing the real meaty part of the Angels’ lineup, since there is no Albert Pujols or Mike Trout. But Josh Hamilton is in there.

Jon Garland, the other non-roster guy we mentioned this morning, will pitch tonight against The Netherlands.


March 15, 2013 – Tempe Diablo Stadium (1:10 pm)

Seattle Mariners (12-7)


Los Angeles Angels (4-11-3)


Player Pos.  


Player Pos.


Michael Saunders (L) LF


Peter Bourjos CF


Nick Franklin (S) 2B


Howie Kendrick 2B


Raul Ibañez (L) DH


Josh Hamilton (L) DH


Justin Smoak (S) 1B


Mark Trumbo 1B


Jesus Montero C


Vernon Wells LF


Julio Morban (L) RF


Chris Iannetta C


Carlos Triunfel SS


J.B. Shuck RF


Vinnie Catricala 3B


Luis Jimenez 3B


Francisco Martinez CF


Tommy Field SS

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher


Jeremy Bonderman RHP


Tommy Hanson RHP


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