Sept. 8, 2010. That was the last time Jeremy Bonderman won a Major League game before Friday night.
His chances of getting there appeared slim in the first. A lead-off double was followed by a four-pitch walk to Robinson Cano.
Bonderman quickly righted himself. He moved swiftly through the third, fourth, fifth and sixth before manager Eric Wedge ended his night. Bonderman threw 50 pitches in the first two innings. That's why he was done after six.
The Mariners put together a four-run fourth, picking up all four runs with two outs. Big hits from Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay made things happen for the 4-1 win.
This was not a matchup most would have picked Bonderman in. After getting knocked around during his debut in Minnesota and facing Hideki Kuroda (ERA+ of 159 coming in), this game appeared set up for the Yankees.
Instead, Bonderman's solid effort put the Mariners in position to have a legit shot at taking the series. Safeco Joe Saunders goes Saturday and Felix Hernandez pitches the finale Sunday. If, and, it's a large IF, the Mariners can take those two, they're looking at a 5-2 start to the homestand, with one of the losses being Wednesday's 16-inning trek.
Some quick news, notes and quotes as we make the rapid turn from a night game to a day game:
> Michael Morse cracked a double to deep center tonight. He's about as mobile as a fire hydrant, at the moment, but is in there at DH because of his ability to hit one out. Manager Eric Wedge said Morse's hit may have been a single if it didn't bounce over the center-field fence.
> More solid work from Yoervis Medina tonight. He threw 1 2/3 hitless innings to lower his ERA to 2.66. Opponents came into the game hitting .178 against Medina. He needs to cut down on his walks, but has been a nice bullpen surprise. Medina has thrown only 11 2/3 innings in Triple A. He was in the Venezuelan Summer League for the first four years (2006-09) with the organization. Certainly, he was not expected to have much of an impact this season at the big league level.
> Tom Wilhelmsen looked better. He blew away Mark Teixeira with a 97-mph fastball (according to the stadium gun) and allowed a double to Kevin Youkilis. It was just the second hit -- and first extra-base hit -- for a right-hander against Wilhelmsen this season. They are 2-for-41. Vernon Wells almost made him pay, however. Wilhelmsen hung a curveball that Wells smashed just to the left of the foul pole in left. Curiously, Wilhelmsen came back with a curveball the next pitch and Wells hammered it on a line right to Kyle Seager to end the game.
> Bonderman said he left 30-plus tickets for family. He's from Kennewick.
> Brendan Ryan is hitting .218. May 12, he was hitting .122.
> Just a day off for Michael Saunders to start the game. He came in late as a defensive replacement. He and Wedge had a meeting before the game to discuss Saunders' struggles.