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June 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Game thread: Mariners 4, Yankees 1, top 7th

The Yankees scored a first inning run off a shaky-looking Jeremy Bonderman, who also saw the first two men reach base in the second inning before settling down.

The Yankees scored a first inning run off a shaky-looking Jeremy Bonderman, who also saw the first two men reach base in the second inning before settling down.

What a nice, two-out rally by the Mariners in the fourth inning, scoring four times to go up 4-1. Michael Morse got it going with a two-out double, followed by walks to Nick Franklin and Kelly Shoppach. Brendan Ryan came through after that with a two-run single to right to give Seattle the lead. Endy Chavez followed with a single off the second base bag that loaded the bases and then Jason Bay notched his second hit of the night, a two-run single lined hard to left.

7:23 p.m.: Brett Gardner opened the game with a double, then Jeremy Bonderman walked Robinson Cano on four pitches. A fielder’s choice groundout sent Gardner to third and he scored on another groundout to the right side that Nick Franklin made a nice play on ranging to his left. Franklin had only one play at first base and took the out as the runner crossed the plate.

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6:50 p.m.: Let’s face it, the Mariners have had a real problem with the back of their starting rotation getting lit up the past month or so. We saw it again last night in a 6-1 loss with Aaron Harang taken to the woodshed early. And we saw Jeremy Bonderman hit early and often in a 10-0 loss to the Twins last Sunday.

Let’s see whether Bonderman fares any differently tonight in his second MLB outing. The opponent is of a much higher caliber than the Twins.

As for the Mariners, another loss here would put them double-digit games under .500. They really have to avoid that if the goal is really to break even wins and losses-wise at some point soon.

Michael Saunders gets the night off tonight. He needs it.

Comments | More in game thread | Topics: jeremy bonderman; eric wedge; michael saunders; kelly shoppach

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