After ten years of toiling in the minor leagues, 30 year-old Yohan Pino earned his first Major League win tonight for the Twins against the Mariners. He was then promptly sent back down to AAA, but let's not dwell on that. Let's just think about the good game the Twins had tonight, shall we?
The Mariners started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning, when Jyle Seagar hit a solo home run. Their lead did not last long, as Sam Fuld walked and Brian Dozier singled to put men on second and first. Just as Mariners reliever starter Tim Welhelmsen wound up, Fuld and Dozier put on a double steal, which prompted Mariners catcher Mike Zunino to throw the ball away into the outfield. Fuld scored, and Dozier subsequently scored on a sac -fly by Kurt "All-Star" Suzuki.
The game was relatively quiet again up until the top of the fifth inning, when Sam Fuld singled (and has caught out stealing), followed by a Kurt Suzuki single, a Chris Parmelee single, and, best of all, a Kendrys Morales double to drive both of the runners in to make the score to four to one.
Things went well for the Twins until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Mariners loaded the bases, and the play described thusly by GameDay happened:
Twins challenged (tag play), call on the field was overturned: Kyle Seager flies into a sacrifice double play, left fielder Josh Willingham to third baseman Trevor Plouffe to shortstop Eduardo Escobar. Endy Chavez scores. James Jones out at 3rd on the throw.
Sorry. Still trying to get a handle on this replay stuff, folks.
Anyway, the Chavez scored to make it 4-2, but Jones was out to end the inning. The score stayed the same until the bottom of the ninth inning, when our All-Star and One Of Us, Glen Perkins, came in for the save. It was a beautiful day.
- Yohan Pinto - 5 IP, 1 runs, 2 walks, 1st Major League Win.
- Casey Fien - 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.
- Glen Perkins - 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks.
- Kendrys Morales - 1-for-4, 1 double, but 2 RBI. He made it count.
- Kurt Suzuki - 2-for-3, 1 walk, 1 RBI, 1 run, HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR
- Eduardo Escobar - 0-for-4, 1 strike-out.
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