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July 31, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Mariners at Minnesota Twins: July 31, 2010 game thread

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Felix Hernandez settled down after the first inning, while his offense has settled in to its own particular groove. Just two hits for the M’s as we enter the bottom of the sixth inning of a 3-0 game, the Twins in the lead and barely breaking a sweat on a hot and muggy evening.
Hernandez has retired nine straight and allowed just a single since the first inning.
But you can’t win if you don’t score.


4:47 p.m.: One more loss tonight and the Mariners will tie for their worst month in franchise history. That was a 6-22 mark in August of 1977. Felix Hernandez on the mound, so at least some M’s won’t go down without a fight.
But Hernandez is in tough already, down 3-0 after an inning of play that saw the Mariners ace hit hard and often. The fielding wasn’t the greatest either.
Michael Saunders had trouble with a ball that richocheted off a retaining wall in left and got past him for an Alexi Casillia triple with one out. Joe Mauer singled up the middle on the next pitch to open the scoring.
Delmon Young then drilled a ball to the gap in right center for another run scoring triple. The throw came in from Ichiro and Chone Figgins let Jack Wilson take it. Wilson spun and threw home, but had no chance. I thought the better play was going to third to nab Young, who was only a little more than halfway to that base.
Young made it to third on the second triple of the inning allowed by Hernandez. Jim Thome then drilled one the other way to the left field corner for an RBI double.
Hernandez got out of the inning on a double-play grounder. But he’s got a long way to go from here.
The M’s have gone six up, six down. If they keep playing like this, Don Wakamatsu could be out of a job by Monday. Actually, correct that. Casey Kotchman got a meaningless two-out single in the first.
They’re still going to get Wakamatsu fired very shortly if this keeps up. Not sure how he’s supposed to stop it, because it is what is is. Chicken wire and chicken spit. But it will provide the excuse.
M’s go 1-2-3 in the third.
The lineups:
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
1B Casey Kothcman
DH Russell Branyan
CF Franklin Gutierrez
LF Michael Saunders
C Josh Bard
3B Matt Tuiasosopo
SS Jack Wilson
RHP Felix Hernandez
TWINS
CF Denard Span
2B Alexi Casilla
C Joe Mauer
LF Delmon Young
DH Jim Thome
1B Michael Cuddyer
RF Jason Kubel
3B Danny Valencia
SS J.J. Hardy
RHP Kevin Slowey

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