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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Twins Drop Series Finale to Mariners, Lose 3-0

Well, that was really (not) fun. I'm kind of running out of creative ways to say we lost...

Brian Duensing pitched well enough to keep the Twins in the game, but the offense did not show up at all today. The Twins had 7 hits on the day, and every single one of them was a single. Duensing only gave up four hits today, but walked three. All but one of the hits Duensing gave up was an extra-base hit or home run. The offense was dismal, and the pitching was adequate. Naturally, that results in another Twins loss.

Notes, studs, and duds after the jump.

Here are the two starting pitcher's final lines for the day:

Erik Bedard: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 SO 3.48 ERA
Brian Duensing: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO 4.83 ERA

As you can see, Duensing pitched longer into the game, had more strikeouts, but had a couple rough spots with the walks and home run by Franklin Guttierez. I'm not really sure if Bedard's stuff was good today, or if the Twins offense was just really anemic (most likely the latter, as we've seen so many times this season), but he was able to really limit the number of baserunners and scoring opportunities for the Twins today.

Speaking of the offense...Denard Span, Jason Kubel, and Delmon Young combined to go 0-for-12. Jim Thome went 1-for-3 with a walk, and his quest to hit home run number 600 might be the only exciting thing we have to look forward to in this lineup for the rest of the season. I will note that Alexi Casilla went 2-for-3 today, so that's a positive, I suppose.

-The bullpen made an appearance today, and actually managed to not give up a run. Exciting!
-The Slowey Saga gets more ridiculous. Joe Christensen has a good take on it here. Cmath has it covered on the front page as well.
-The Twins have yet to win a series of more than two games this year. It is almost June, in case you're not near a calendar.

-Brian Duensing. Pitched well enough to keep the Twins in the game.

-The offense. Seriously?

Tomorrow is (thankfully, probably) an off day for the Twins, and the organization will be hosting an event to honor Harmon Killebrew at Target Field at 6 pm. Go show your support, if you can.