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May 8, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins: 05/08 game thread

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So, the M’s won’t have to worry about their offense — still AWOL — for the rest of tonight because the game is all but over now. Chris Jakubauskas yielded back-to-back homers by Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau (a Canadian) in the fifth, the latter of which was a moon blast to the upper deck in right center. Jakubauskas gave up an ensuing walk and a single before being lifted. Miguel Batista came in from there and yielded a three-run homer to Brian Buscher.
So, it’s now 10-0 after five. Last time Twins had three homers in an inning? Aug. 19, 2002, against Jeff Weaver and Horacio Ramirez. Nah, I made that last part up.
In all, Jak went 4 1/3 innings, gave up nine runs, eight hits, three homers and three walks. Was nearly four homers after a ball hit the top of the wall in center for one of two doubles he yielded.
Oh yeah, he threw 103 pitches, 62 for strikes. Hmmm.
So, if you had to choose between dumping Carlos Silva or Jak the next time out, who do you choose — and more importantly, why? No write-in votes for Batista, please.
5:54 p.m.: Miguel Batista is warming up in the bullpen as Chris Jakubauskas and the Mariners trail 5-0 after two innings. Jakubauskas couldn’t find the tight strike zone of umpire Chuck Meriwether (yes, him again), and walked two batters with one out. He then fell behind 3-1 in the count to No. 9 hitter Brendan Harris, who sent the next pitch over the fence in right for an opposite field three-run homer. Remember, the road trip only gets tougher from here. Francisco Liriano tomorrow night. This is why Don Wakamatsu was reluctant to make an announcement about Carlos Silva. Jason Vargas can’t replace two guys in the rotation at the same time.
5:31 p.m.: Carlos Silva might get a stay of execution after all if Chirs Jakubauskas keeps this up. Jakubauskas trails 2-0 after giving up a leadoff single to Denard Span and ground-ruled double by Matt Tolbert to start the first. A grounder to the right side opened the scoring and a sacrifice fly by Justin Morneau added another marker.
Franklin Gutierrez made a strong throw from center, but it was offline and the sweep tag attempt by Kenji Johjima was not in time.
5:31 p.m.: Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu spoke to his players before the game about how “we’ve got to get back to creating action.”
That’s one reason he put Endy Chavez up near the top of the order, trying to re-create some of that opening week magic. Chavez responded with a one-out single in the first inning, on an 0-2 pitch. But Jose Lopez and Russell Branyan struck out. Chavez stole second base in between the whiffs, but was stranded in scoring position.



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