Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak belted back-to-back home runs in the second inning and the Mariners, routed in their two previous games, beat the Angels 3-2 in extra inning Tuesday night.
GAME: Mariners (32-40, 3rd, AL West, -10.5 GB) at Angels (31-40, 4th, AL West, -11.0 GB). GAME #: 73. SERIES: 3rd of 4 games. MEETING: 9th (series tied 4-4). WHEN: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m., Angels Stadium. STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Angels L 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
The Mariners, as per custom, are not going anywhere this season, but Jeremy Bonderman is quickly working his way into one of the more unlikely and positive stories of the 2013 season. He didn’t factor in Seattle’s 10-inning, 3-2 win — and an unlikely one at that — but he pitched six innings of six-hit ball Tuesday night and once again gave the Mariners a chance to win.
The 30-year-old Bonderman, who missed the previous two seasons due to ailment and Tommy John surgery, is 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA over 20 innings covering his last three starts. He left with a 2-1 lead and might have gotten the win, Seattle’s first in Anaheim this season after getting outscored 30-4 in three previous contests, if former closer Tom Wilhelmsen hadn’t given up a bomb in the eighth to Albert Pujols, a shot that sent the game into extra innings.
Kendrys Morales’ game-winning, RBI single sets up the Mariners to advance in the season series, which Seattle hasn’t won since 2003. Joe Saunders, a former Angel, will face his old team and will be looking for his second straight road win after starting out 0-4, 9.00 away from Safeco.
Saunders will oppose C.J. Wilson, who always represents trouble for the Mariners. Wilson beat Seattle twice this year and is 13-5 against the Mariners in his career. A closer look:
MARINERS: LHP Joe Saunders (5-6, 4.80 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)
The 32-year-old Saunders, a Fairfax, VA., native in his ninth major league season and first with Seattle, will make his 15th start and first against the Angels, the team he broke in with in 2005. Saunders pitched for the Angels from 2005-10, winning a career-high 17 games in 2008. Saunders has not permitted more than three earned runs in any of his last four starts and, more important, finally broke through with his first road victory in his last outing.
ANGELS: LHP C.J. Wilson (5-5, 3.90 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)
The 32-year-old Wilson, a Newport Beach, CA., native in his ninth major league season and second with the Angels, will make his 15th start and third against the Mariners. Wilson has already thumped Seattle twice this year, winning 6-3 April 26 and coming back with a 7-1 win May 22. However, he’s lost two of his past three outings. Wilson, drafted by the Texas Rangers, made his MLB debut in 2005.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|6/19||Wed||at LAA||LHP Joe Saunders (5-6) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (5-5)|
|6/20||Thr||at LAA||RHP Felix Hernandez (8-4) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (4-2)|
|6/21||Fri||vs. Oak||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (9-2)|