New York at Seattle

N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Bonderman (1-1) L: H. Kuroda (6-5) S: T. Wilhelmsen (15)
HR: NYY - None   SEA - None

Mariners' Bonderman gets first win since 2010 wire reports

SEATTLE -- Jeremy Bonderman spent the final three innings in the back of the Seattle Mariners clubhouse going through his normal treatment routine.

As special as Friday night was for Bonderman, he tried to keep it like any other outing. This one happened to be his first victory in nearly three years.

"Getting back out on the field and feeling like you can compete and hold your own feels really good," Bonderman said.

Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay both hit two-out, two-run singles in Seattle's four-run fourth inning, Bonderman pitched six sharp innings to win for the first time since 2010, and the Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-1.

All of Seattle's offense came in one stretch of the fourth inning when six straight batters reached base, capped by the clutch hits from Ryan and Bay off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. Seattle entered the night hitting .221 with runners in scoring position, but capitalized on the few chances they got against Kuroda.

The surprise was Bonderman's effort, winning for the first time since Sept. 8, 2010, while still pitching for Detroit. He struggled to get through the first two innings, but shut down the Yankees from there.

It was a special moment for Bonderman, after enduring right elbow reconstruction in April 2012 and various shoulder problems that have interrupted his career at times. But Bonderman wasn't thrown in the showers and doused with drinks to celebrate. Handshakes and hugs were enough.

"We don't have a ton of time around him, but you know what he's gone through to get here and you see the look in his eye and how competitive he is and everything, it's awesome to see what he did today," Ryan said. "We're happy for him and I'm sure he feels like it's been a long time coming, but hopefully it was all worth it."

The Yankees have scored in two of 18 innings to open the four-game series in Seattle. New York scored all six runs in the third inning on Thursday night then was shut out after the first on Friday.

Bonderman (1-1) appeared on his way to an early exit, needing 50 pitches to labor through the first two innings. He got out of the first allowing just one run on Travis Hafner's ground out and was helped in the second by Vernon Wells' baserunning mistake when he was picked off second after reaching on an error.

From there, Bonderman flashed back to his best days in Detroit. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced with perfect innings in the third, fourth and sixth. The only baserunner Bonderman allowed after the second was Reid Brignac, who reached on a single in the fifth.

Bonderman was done after the sixth inning, giving up just three hits and striking out two. He threw 47 pitches over his final four innings. It was a satisfying rebound after Bonderman gave up three home runs and seven earned runs in his first start for Seattle in Minnesota last Sunday.

Yoervis Medina pitched the seventh and first two outs of the eighth before walking Brett Gardner. Seattle's Charlie Furbush entered and struck out Robinson Cano looking on a 3-2 pitch. Tom Wilhelmsen gave up just his second hit to a right-handed batter when Kevin Youkilis lined a two-out double in the ninth, but finished off his 15th save.

"It was big for him, it was big for me, for all of us, because that's a significant step," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said of Wilhelmsen. "Obviously he was relaxed and drove the ball downhill."

Seattle's rally against Kuroda (6-5) came with two outs and the bases empty. Michael Morse doubled, but it was the consecutive walks to Nick Franklin and Kelly Shoppach that hurt Kuroda. Ryan hit a liner into right field that fell in front of Ichiro Suzuki to score Morse and Franklin. Endy Chavez followed with a roller back up the middle that hit second base and Brignac behind the bag couldn't handle the deflection. Bay then lined a single into left to score Shoppach and Ryan, and cap the Mariners big inning.

"I didn't want to make a big inning out of it, but I wanted to protect that one run lead," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "So I got a little too careful and pitched around too much."


  • New York closer Mariano Rivera continued his farewell tour on Friday by meeting with high school and college students participating in the Mariners "Fielders Group" program that gives training for youth interested in a career in sports. Rivera spoke with the group of 11 students for about 30 minutes and was late getting out to batting practice.
  • Yankees RHP Michael Pineda will begin a rehab assignment at Class-A Tampa on Saturday. Pineda was acquired from Seattle before the 2012 season, but has yet to pitch for the Yankees due to injury.
  • Seattle's Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the seventh.
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After enduring an elbow reconstruction, Jeremy Bonderman notches his first victory since 2010.  (USATSI)
After enduring an elbow reconstruction, Jeremy Bonderman notches his first victory since 2010. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Bay
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

J. Bonderman
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 2

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Brett Gardner, CF3110101 .265
Robinson Cano, 2B3000111 .276
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000021 .192
Travis Hafner, DH4001000 .247
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4010011 .247
Vernon Wells, LF4000001 .236
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010000 .267
Reid Brignac, SS3010011 .219
Chris Stewart, C2000002 .267
   a- Lyle Overbay, PH1000010 .250
    Austin Romine, C0000000 .146
a-struck out for Stewart in the 8th
2B - Brett Gardner (11, Bonderman), Kevin Youkilis (7, Wilhelmsen)
RBI - Travis Hafner (29)
CS - Vernon Wells (3, 3rd base by Bonderman/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 5
New York Yankees
Hiroki Kuroda (L,6-5) 6.1844360 2.84
Preston Claiborne 1.2100010 0.49
HBP - Shoppach (by Preston Claiborne)
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (2), Preston Claiborne (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 110-69, Preston Claiborne 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 5-8, Preston Claiborne 1-3
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 30, Preston Claiborne 7
Seattle Mariners
Endy Chavez, CF-RF5010012 .276
Jason Bay, RF-LF3022100 .224
Kyle Seager, 3B4010014 .286
Kendrys Morales, 1B4000002 .300
Raul Ibanez, LF4010011 .233
    Michael Saunders, CF0000000 .212
Michael Morse, DH4110011 .249
Nick Franklin, 2B3120101 .278
Kelly Shoppach, C2100111 .194
Brendan Ryan, SS4112022 .218
2B - Jason Bay (5, Kuroda), Michael Morse (5, Kuroda), Nick Franklin (3, Kuroda)
RBI - Jason Bay 2 (17), Brendan Ryan 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 2 (7), Brendan Ryan 2 (4)
Team LOB - 9
E - Brendan Ryan (5, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jeremy Bonderman (W,1-1) 6311120 6.75
Yoervis Medina (H,4) 1.2000120 2.66
Charlie Furbush (H,4) 0.1000010 3.42
Tom Wilhelmsen (S,15) 1100010 1.98
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 97-61, Yoervis Medina 29-15, Charlie Furbush 9-6, Tom Wilhelmsen 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 9-7, Yoervis Medina 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 22, Yoervis Medina 6, Charlie Furbush 1, Tom Wilhelmsen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26248
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Mike Winters