American League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, June 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (24-32) at Minnesota Twins (24-29), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Jeremy Bonderman (2-1, 8.80)
Minnesota - Scott Diamond (3-4, 5.22)
(Sports Network) - After a thrilling finish to Saturday's matchup, the
Minnesota Twins will try to take a series win against the Seattle Mariners in
Sunday afternoon's rubber match at Target Field.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning it looked as if the
Twins were in line for a second-straight loss after being defeated 3-0 in the
opener. However three walks loaded the bases for the Twins and after Josh
Willingham's sacrifice fly, Ryan Doumit stroked a two-run triple to give the
Twins a 5-4 walk-off victory.
Doumit was 3-for-5 in the game and also had a double, while the Twins as a
team were just 4-for-28. Starter Kevin Correia allowed four runs on seven hits
in 6 2/3 innings of work, while Caleb Thielbar pitched a scoreless top of the
ninth to get the win.
Jason Bay went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and Kyle Seager also had two
hits in five at bats with a home run. The Mariners wasted a strong effort from
starter Aaron Harang (6 innings, one earned run) when Tom Wilhelmsen blew his
third save of the season.
For the first time in nearly three years Jeremy Bonderman will make a start at
the major league level on Sunday when he takes the hill for the Mariners.
Bonderman's last start came on October 1 of 2010 during his eighth and final
season with the Detroit Tigers, the team he came up with as a 20-year-old.
After missing the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Bonderman signed with the Mariners in
December of 2012.
In 11 starts at the Triple-A level Bonderman is 2-4 with a 4.52 ERA.
Bonderman has plenty of experience against the Twins who he has made 10
appearances against in his career. Experience hasn't meant success though as
Bonderman is 5-6 with a 5.75 ERA against the Twins.
The struggling Scott Diamond will try to get himself out of the backwards
trend he has been on when he makes the start for Minnesota.
In early May, Diamond's ERA was sitting at an impressive 3.03. However,
Diamond has really struggled in his last four starts and has seen his ERA jump
by more than two full runs (5.22). In those four starts Diamond has failed to
get past the sixth inning each time and has allowed a combined 19 runs.
The most recent outing for Diamond ended after 4 2/3 innings as he allowed
four runs on eight hits against Milwaukee. The Twins did manage to win that
game, 6-5, breaking a three-game losing streak when he starts.
In just two career starts against the Mariners Diamond is 0-1 with an ERA of
4.61 and just four strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings pitched.
A year ago Seattle took eight of 10 meetings with the Twins after also winning
the season series in 2011.
06/02 10:17:37 ET
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