SEATTLE -- Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen had been outstanding since taking over that role from Brandon League in June, but the big right-hander ran into some control issues the past two weeks. Wilhelmsen walked at least one batter in seven straight appearances -- including two in a ninth-inning tight-rope walk Thursday at Minnesota -- until he zipped through a cleaner finish in Monday's 4-1 win over the Red Sox. Manager Eric Wedge had Wilhelmsen throw in a non-save situation Saturday just to work on some things and then had him back in for saves the next two nights.
"You look at his last three outings, you've seen him start to ramp back in the right direction," Wedge said. "In that role, you're not going to be perfect every time and you're going to have to battle through some tough outings. He's already done that, and as you can tell, he's still strong and working back in the right direction. I thought he was really good [Monday]." Wilhelmsen said he just got away from his command for a bit, but wasn't going to overanalyze it. "It's just baseball," he said. "Sometimes you throw balls. That's what I was doing. You have to trust your stuff, no matter what. Even if it gets hit, you've got to come back and throw it. You just have to get back on the horse and get after it." Did he succeed in that Monday when he racked up his 23rd save? "Sure, I didn't walk anyone," he said. "So that's what I'm working on. I've been throwing more fastballs, trying to find the strike zone a little more with that and then I can come with the curveball as well."