I went to the Rainiers game last night to talk to general manager Jack Zduriencik about Jesus Montero. And stayed to watch Jeremy Bonderman make his start. It wasn’t pretty. He gave up eight runs on 11 hits in five innings to Nashville – the worst hitting team in the PCL. It wasn’t the type of outing Bonderman wanted to have in front of Zduriencik, Tom McNamara and Ted Simmons.
Bonderman has one more start – Tuesday in Colorado Springs (have fun with that) – before his June 1 opt out and the Mariners have to make a decision on him. Basically, they would have to put him on the 25-man roster.
Jesus Montero reported to Tacoma immediately after being sent down. He had 72 hours to report and could’ve taken a day a off, but he was in uniform. He replaced Franklin Gutierrez late in the game as the DH. Montero flew out to left on a 1-0 count. He came up with two on and two out in the ninth and swung at the first pitch, hitting a broken bat ground ball to short to end the game.
Double A Jackson got a solid start from lefty Anthony Fernandez and Brad Miller hit a two-run homer in a 3-1 win.
Class A Clinton got a walk-off single from Gaby Guerrero (nephew of Vlad Guerrero) in a 6-5 win.