The Seattle Mariners pulled out a win in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday (Feb. 25). Despite a rough outing from Jeremy Bonderman against the Los Angeles Angels, the Mariners rebounded to post a 9-8 comeback victory. Trailing by as much as 7-2 in the fifth inning, Julio Morban singled in Francisco Martinez for a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.
Bonderman got the start for the Mariners, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk in just one inning of work. Bonderman threw 17 pitches in his first start since 2010, but he will have to show a lot of improvement before Opening Day if he wants to make the 25-man roster.
Brandon Maurer, in his first Spring Training appearance, allowed one hit and struck out one batter in one inning of relief work. He looked good out there and it is clear why he is being called one of the ten best prospects in the system.
It was the offense that came up big for the Mariners in this game, with several players taking advantage of late-inning at-bats. Morban ended up going 2-for-2 with an RBI and Martinez was also 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Justin Smoak, getting another start at first base, went 2-for-2 with a run scored before he was pulled for Mike Jacobs later in the game. Jacobs then proceeded to go 2-for-2 himself.
Brendan Ryan hit a solo home run and Alex Liddi, who got the start at third base, ended up hitting a two-run homer to help the offense get back in the game. Liddi is getting a lot of work to see if he is deserving of one of the final roster slots heading into the 2013 MLB season.
With the win over the Angels, the Seattle Mariners are now 3-1 during the 2013 Spring Training session.
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