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August 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Mariners at Minnesota Twins: Aug. 1, 2010 game thread

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We’ve finally got some runs in this game, with the Minnesota Twins scoring four off Luke French in the sixth inning to take a 4-0 lead.
The key play of the inning was a sinking line drive to left by Delmon Young with a runner on first and one out. Michael Saunders slid in on the ball, but had it hop just by his glove. Saunders was fortunate that the ball got stuck in the high outfield grass, limiting Young to a double.
So, with runners on second and third, the M’s intentionally walked the bases loaded to get to lefty Jason Kubel, who was in an 0-for-13 slump. But with the count 1-2, French left a ball too high in the zone and Kubel got all of it. Would have been a home run in most parks, but the ball hit the high wall in right center and came back down for a double.
Not sure what the baserunners were thinking, because it was obvious the ball would not be caught, but they took their time getting around the bases. I thought cutoff man Chone Figgins had a shot at the trail runner, Michael Cuddyer, but he double-pumped and did not throw home.
The whole homer/double point became moot when the next batter, Danny Valencia, lined a single to left to score Kubel.
Game over? Looks like it.


12:07 p.m.: A leadoff double by Chone Figgins in the fourth inning winds up getting nothing as the next three Mariners failed to even make contact.
Franklin Gutierrez, Russell Branyan and Casey Kotchman all went down swinging. So much for the middle of the order, huh? That gives Francisco Liriano seven strikeouts already. Looks like Seattle’s best chance may be tio have Liriano keep whiffing them so his pitch count gets run up? Hey, it’s a better strategy than I’ve seen anyone come up with yet.
Luke French has retired five in a row.
11:46 a.m.: We’re scoreless after two innings, with both offenses, as expected, coming up predictably weak. The Joe Mauer-less Twins got a one-out double to right center by Danny Valencia in the second inning.
But Luke French escaped when he got Jason Repko to fly out to center and J.J. Hardy to pop out to medium right.
The Mariners? Six up, six down against Francisco Liriano, who struck out the side in the second inning and has 4K already. First team on the board wins?
11:05 a.m.: The train wreck known as the 2010 Mariners catches a bit of a break today. Joe Mauer had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder last night and is not in the lineup. Justin Morneau is still out with the concussion.
Any time you can face the Twins minus Mauer and Morneau, you’ve been handed a gift. I mean, Michael Cuddyer as the clean-up hitter? The Twins are handing this one over.
There is, of course, the small matter of that Francisco Liriano guy on the mound. And yes, Cuddyer and company get to face Luke French.
So, what was my original point? Not quite sure.
The lineups:
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Russell Branyan
1B Casey Kotchman
SS Josh Wilson
3B Matt Tuiasosopo
LF Michael Saunders
C Rob Johnson
LHP Luke French
TWINS
CF Denard Span
2B Alexi Casilla
LF Delmon Young
1B Michael Cuddyer
DH Jason Kubel
3B Danny Valencia
RF Jason Repko
SS J.J. Hardy
C Drew Butera
LHP Francisco Liriano

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