A 6-1 loser to New York Thursday, the Mariners continue their four-game series with the Yankees Friday. Jeremy Bonderman will pitch for Seattle.
GAME: Yankees (35-25, 2nd, AL East, -1.5 GB) at Mariners (26-35, 4th, AL West, -11.0 GB3rd, AL West). GAME #: 62. SERIES: 2nd of 4 games. MEETING: 5th (series tied 2-2). WHEN: Friday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners L 2; Yankees W 4. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
After not throwing a pitch at the major league level since Oct. 1, 2010, Jeremy Bonderman had a labored re-start to his career last week. The Kennewick native, who won 67 games for the Detroit Tigers between 2003-10, allowed seven earned runs on nine hits and lasted just 4.2 innings in a 10-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Not the way he or the Mariners hoped he would return.
But maybe Bonderman worked out some of the kinks. Friday, he makes his second start, this one against the New York Yankees, against whom he has historically faltered (3-9, 5.62 ERA), who extended Seattle’s misery to a second day Thursday with a Phil Hughes-led 6-1 victory.
Seattle’s tumble Thursday featured little of the drama that marked the 16-inning epic Wednesday. Robinson Cano smashed a three-run homer off Aaron Harang and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot as part of a six-run New York third inning as the Yankees cruised to an easy victory.
Harang never faced the Yankees in his 12-year career and probably won’t want to see them again after allowing six earned runs on eight hits.
Hughes did not allow a runner to third base until the sixth inning. Ironically, the last time Seattle saw Hughes, May 12, he didn’t make it out of the first inning.
The bright spot for Seattle was Blake Beavan, just called up from AAA Tacoma. After Harang made a mess of things for 2.1 innings, Beavan retired 14 consecutive batters after taking over for Harang, striking out four.
Bonderman opposes Hiroki Kuroda, who has a 2.59 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Kuroda won his only previous start at Safeco Field.
MARINERS: RHP Jeremy Bonderman (0-1, 13.50 ERA, 2.14 WHIP)
The 30-year-old Bonderman, a Kennewick native and Pasco High grad in his ninth major league season and first with the Mariners, will make his second start and first against the Yankees. His “re-debut” didn’t got at all as he had hoped. The Twins knocked him around for 4.2 innings and he took an ugly loss, leading to speculation he wasn’t long for Seattle’s rotation. Manager Eric Wedge, though, elected to give him a second shot, which he’ll make Friday (Bonderman is already listed for a third start June 12).
YANKEES: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)
The 38-year-old Kuroda, an Osaka, Japan, native in his sixth major league season and second with the Yankees, will make his 13th start and first against the Mariners. Kuroda has two losses and a no-decision in his past three outings but has worked into the seventh inning seven times. He had his best game April 14 when he threw a 3-0, complete-game shutout at Baltimore. He had five strikeouts and no walks.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|6/7||Fri||vs. NYY||RHP Jeremy Bonderman (0-1) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-4)|
|6/8||Sat||vs. NYY||LHP Joe Saunders (4-5) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (4-3)|
|6/9||Sun||vs. NYY||RHP Felix Hernandez (7-4) vs. RHP David Phelps (3-3)|
|6/10||Mon||vs. Hou||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (6-1) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-2)|
|6/11||Tue||vs. Hou||RHP Aaron Harang (2-6) vs. RHP Bud Norris (5-4)|
|6/12||Wed||vs. Hou||RHP Jeremy Bonderman (0-1) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (3-1)|