I don't care that the Mariners are breaking in their own next wave (six of their nine starting position players today were 25 or younger). This was a win. And it was actually a good game.
Seattle scored in the first on a popup into shallow center field that looked dangerous for a good ten seconds. Trevor Plouffe broke back at a dead sprint in an attempt to catch the ball over his shoulder. He tried to time his slide by dropping to his knees in front of a decelerating Ben Revere, but Revere still had to jump an ended up kneeing Plouffe in the head. The Mariners scored, but it was a bit secondary. I admit it, I had a moment of Okay, there goes Plouffe.
Luckily Trevor was okay. And the Twins didn't let the game slide away after an early 2-0 deficit.
The Twins blew a couple of opportunities. Plouffe missed a hit-and-run, causing Danny Valencia is get thrown out by about 40 feet. Michael Cuddyer, after just missing a home run earlier in the game, grounded into a double play in the bottom of the eighth to end a threat.
But today the Twins would not be denied. I mean, hey. It had to happen eventually. Plouffe drew a two-out walk before Tosoni drove one into the gap. As the runner scored from first, it was like they'd won a playoff game.
Truly, I don't even care that it wasn't a playoff game. It's just damn fine to win again.