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February 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM
This was your typical spring training affair and it ended with the Mariners on top. The Mariners were pretty much dominated all day by the Angels, but then the substitutes and minor leaguers came in and things quickly changed. A four-run eighth inning by Seattle, combined with a run-scoring hit in the ninth by Julio Morban gave the Mariners a 9-8 comeback win.
Francisco Martinez lined a one-out triple into the right field corner, then scored the winning run when Morban drove a pitch over the right fielder’s head.
“It’s good to see the young kids up there ready to hit,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “I think Morban is a good example right there. You’ve got the winning run up there, he’s up there ready to hit, gets a pitch to hit and he did what he was supposed to do with it.”
Martinez and Morban finished with two hits apiece.
Wedge said he’s seeing better at-bats overall in this camp than he did the previous two. We’ll see whether that carries over.
Back before all the late fireworks, Alex Liddi helped the Mariners cut into a 7-2 deficit with atwo-run homer to left field. Brendan Ryan also hit asolo home run today, so the Mariners have certainly connected at the plate during this three-game Cactus League win streak.
Justin Smoak went 2-for-2 today with that hard-hit liner to center for a single and the double to right field earlier on, both hits coming from aleft side that’s been difficult for him in the past. Dustin Ackley added a triple to left center in his first game action this spring, though he looked somewhat tentative in the field at times. Wedge said it might take a while for Ackley to feel comfortable with his ankle after the bone spur surgery he had last October.
Jeremy Bonderman got to pitch again for the first time since 2010 and got through the first inning, though he served up a three-run homer to Hank Conger on a slider and trailed 3-0 when he left.
Bonderman said it was good to get back in a game after all his injury woes of the past several years. He figured he’d never pitch again, right up until last year when his arm finally felt healthy again,
“Once I finally got healthy, I just wanted to give it a shot,” he said. “At least go out on my own terms, knowing I didn’t just walk away because I was hurt. I wanted to just go back out and see what happens.”
February 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM
1:13 p.m.: The Mariners trail 4-2 here in the bottom of the fourth, where Justin Smoak just notched his second hit of the game on a two-out liner to center. Smoak earlier hit an RBI double to right (both hits came batting from the left side) and gave us a chance to see Jesus Montero turn on the wheels trying to score from first base. Montero…well, um, he got thrown out. He might win a potato sack race, but for now, any other speed competition is best left to the pros inthe footwork department.
But Smoak’s continued hitting from the left side is reason for optimism. Fix that problem, a lot of what’s plagued him will go away.
Brendan Ryan hit a solo homer in the third inning to draw the Mariners within a run, but the Angels countered in the top of the fourth to restore the two-run lead.
12:15 p.m.: Jeremy Bonderman looked like he might be getting out of a two-on, one-out jam in the first. But after getting Chris Ianetta to pop out on the first pitch, Bonderman served up a three-run homer to right field by Hank Conger. Not the way Bonderman wanted to start his first game action since 2010. He threw mostly fastballs, missed on some sliders in a walk to Peter Bourjos, then saw Conger hit a 1-1 slider over the fence. He trails the Angels 3-0 after a half-inning of play.
February 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM
First, it was Jeremy Bonderman, now Jon Garland joins the list of veteran pitchers attempting career comebacks with the Mariners this spring. Garland, 33, hasn’t pitched since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery with the Dodgers midway through the 2011 season and will come to Seattle’s camp on a minor league deal.
He was invited to spring training with Cleveland a year ago, but never took his physical and the deal was cancelled. This year’s physical with Seattle is to be done next week down here in Peoria, Ariz.
I’ve also been told that Joe Saunders will have his physical done at that point as well and only after that will the Mariners announce his major league deal.
December 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM
Jeremy Bonderman remembers the first time he tried to thow a baseball a couple of months ago, having undergone “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery last April. He’d built himself ”a shop” in a steel hangar type of building, put a mound inside of it and picked up a baseball.
“It was kind of weird,” he told me today. “I had no idea what to expect.”
Bonderman hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2010. When he was finally diagnosed with the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, he decided to take the year off and see what happened.
“I just thought it would be a good idea to give it one last shot,” he said.
The first try at that came inside the steel hangar, not far from his Pasco home.
“It took me a while to get comfortable again,” he said.