This ballgame was closer for much longer than a quick glance at the score would indicate, but either way, the Minnesota Twins were schooled by the Seattle Mariners by a margin of seven runs on Saturday afternoon.
Jose Berrios began his afternoon with three perfect innings (including an expert fielding play on a bunt by Ichiro Suzuki), and it looked for a moment that the Twins would be led to victory on the back of another stellar performance from La Maquina. This, unfortunately, was not the case.
A pair of singles, a throwing error by Miguel Sano, and a two-out, two-run home run off the right field foul pole by Kyle Seager got the scoring started for the Mariners, who gave themselves a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. In the next frame, a two-run Dee Gordon single would give the M’s a five-run cushion. After striking out Jean Segura and hitting just 77 pitches, Berrios was pulled and Paul Molitor went to the bullpen. Despite allowing five earned runs, Berrios only gave up six hits, walking none and striking out seven in an abridged outing.
The bullpen kept things interesting for a little bit. 2.1 scoreless innings from Gabriel Moya and Ryan Pressly meant the Twins could stage a quasi-comeback in the bottom of the 6th. Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano corked back-to-back doubles to put the Twins on the board and knock starter Mike Leake out of the game. Eddie Rosario singled in Sano, and then Eduardo Escobar plated Rosie with a single of his own after a nine-pitch at-bat.
With the score still 5-3 Seattle, the Twins put together their best chance to tie the contest in the bottom of the 7th. Consecutive singles by Brian Dozier and Mauer, followed by a walk to Miguel Sano (his third of the day) loaded the bases up for Rosario -- who was struck out by Juan Nicasio, who got Logan Morrison to foul out to end the threat.
This gave the Mariners a decent bit of momentum. Zach Duke started the 8th for the Twins, let Seattle load the bases with nobody out, and was removed after getting Taylor Motter on strikes. Trevor Hildenberger came into the jam and served up a bases-clearing double into the left-center gap: 8-3 Seattle. Next batter up, Guillermo Heredia smoked a two-run shot off the left-field foul pole, mirroring Seager’s drive from earlier in the game. 10-3 Mariners.
Both teams plated a run in the 9th, with Jean Segura scoring on a wild pitch from Tyler Kinley, and Ryan LaMarre driving in Ehire Adrianza with a single in the bottom half. Strikeouts by Sano and Mitch Garver would wrap things up, and the Mariners took the victory in the coldest game in Target Field history.
The series will end tomorrow, provided that snowy weather doesn’t derail the pending pitching matchup of Lance Lynn and Marco Gonzales. See you then!
1B Joe Mauer (2-for-4, R)
3B Miguel Sano (1-for-2, R, RBI, 3 BB)
LF Eddie Rosario (2-for-4, R, RBI)
RP Gabriel Moya (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K)
RP Ryan Pressly (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R)
DH Logan Morrison (0-for-4, K, 7 LOB)
PH-RF Robbie Grossman (0-for-2, 2 K)
RP Zach Duke (0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, BB)
RP Trevor Hildenberger (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER)
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