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April 17, 2009 at 8:24 PM

No No-No

Bottom of the fifth and finally, the M’s showing some signs of life. Adrian Beltre sliced Justin Verlander’s 53rd pitch of the night into the rightfield corner for a double and the M’s first hit after Verlander had thrown four perfect innings.
Suddenly, Verlander seemed shaken. Two pitches later, Russell Branyan singled sharply over second and Jose Lopez drilled a single into the leftfield corner for the M’s first run, putting them down 3-1. A couple of bunts, sandwiched around a fielder’s choice grounder to third on which Brandon Inge threw badly to home, and the M’s knotted it at 3-3. And then Ichiro, on a 3-2 count with runners moving at second and first, singled in the go-ahead run, followed by a wild pitch from Verlander to make it 5-3, M’s.
Verlander has to wonder what happened. In the span of 20 pitches, he’s coughed up a three-run lead and trails by 2.

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