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.
Drew Butera grounded into a double play in the third, but he scored Rene Tosoni from third on the play. Butera plated Tosoni again in the fifth when he singled for his first hit in ever.
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.