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August 27, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Twins at Mariners game thread — Aug. 27

POST-GAME — You can read the game story here for the post-game comments, such as they were. Basically, Jason Vargas said he thought he pitched okay other than a cutter to Danny Valencia that he left too far out over the plate for the triple in the sixth inning. Daren Brown agreed, saying he pitched a lot better than the game against the Yankees last week and that the Twins simply did a good job hitting.
As for the seventh and eighth, Brown just said that the Mariners need to keep getting base runners on and eventually the hits will come.
Reality is that the M’s were 3-12 with runners in scoring position today, essentially the same as their overall batting average of .236. So it’s really not that they don’t hit well with runners in scoring position but that they don’t hit well, period.
As for David Aardsma, he hadn’t pitched since Aug. 18 when he was hit in the ribs with a batted ball at Baltimore. So Brown said he wanted to get him in the game.
“His stuff was good,” Brown said. “That was good to see. He looks fine.”
IT’S A FINAL!!!! — Figgins got a two-out single to score a run in the ninth, but that was it as the Twins leave here with a 6-3 win. Seattle has now lost five of six after starting out 7-3 under Daren Brown.
M’S BLOW GOLDEN CHANCE IN EIGHTH — The M’s had a chance here, loading the bases on a single, error and walk with no outs. But Franklin Gutierrez then popped in foul ground to first on a 2-0 pitch from new reliever Matt Guerrier and Adam Moore then bounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
So much for that.
RALLY ENDS — Ichiro reached via an infield single to load the bases. But Figgy then puddined’ it to short for a 6-3 that ended the rally. So Minnesota leads 6-2 heading to the eighth.
M’S TRYING — Three hits here in the seventh have knocked Twins starter Scott Baker (is he related to Geoff?) out of the game. So Seattle is down 6-2 with two on, two out and Ichiro up against Randy Flores.
MAURER DOUBLE SCORES ONE MORE — Getting pretty perfunctory now as the Twins now lead 6-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh after doubles by Hudson and Maurer, the latter just getting by a diving Matt Tuiasosopo in left.
OLSON NOW PITCHING FOR M’S — Nothing for M’s in sixth and Garrett Olson now on to pitch.
TWINS OPEN IT UP —- Vargas got beat around in that inning as two straight hits and a Drew Valencia triple to right-center made it 4-1. Valencia then came home on an infield single by Alexi Casilla to make it 5-1. We’ve got the hydro races going on as I type this and that — and the Ichiro bobbleheads — may turn out to be the highlights of this night.
VARGAS SETTLING DOWN — After throwing 28 pitches in the first inning, Jason Vargas has now thrown 77 through five. He got hte Twins 1-2-3 in the fifth leaving the M’s down 2-1.
STILL 2-1 AFTER FOUR — Nothing much in the fourth for either team so still 2-1 heading to the fifth. Gutierrez is 0-2 and is in an 0-17 slump.
ICHIRO TRIPLE LEADS TO A RUN — What may be the most exciting play at Safeco Field — an Ichiro triple — led to a run in the top of the third. It’s a unique sound to hear the cheer steadily rising as it becomes evident he’s going for third. A Lopez double play killed the inning, however, so it’s 2-1 Twins.
TWINS, A HIT AND NOTHING ELSE IN THIRD — Maurer had a one-out hit to right, but then followed two popups to first base and the waiting glove of Kotchman, so still 2-0 Twins.
NOTHING FOR M’S IN SECOND — Single by Moore and walk by Tuiasosopo with two outs ignited a little excitement. But Wilson then broke his bat on a grounder to short and that was that.
TOUGH ERROR FOR ICHIRO? — Twins get another on a walk, hit, passed ball and then a sac fly to right. Ichiro tried to get the runner (Repko) at home but the throw bounced in front of Moore and then got away for what was called an error on Ichiro for allowing the other runner (Casilla) to advance. So it’s 2-0 Twins.
1-0 AT END OF FIRST — Figgings walked with one out and Branyan then hit a long foul down the right field line. But that was all there was as Branyan then struck out and Lopez grounded out.
TWINS GET ONE — The Twins got three straight hits to start the game, but got just one run out of it as the M’s threw Denard Span out at the plate after a double by Orlando Hudson on a nice throw by Franklin Gutierrez and tag by Adam Moore. So it’s 1-0 Twins.
PRE-GAME — Well, I’ll be curious to see if there’s anyone out there following along tonight (pictured above is the scene about a half-hour before first pitch on what will be a chilly night out here by the time it’s done). With football a week away, lots else going on in Seattle this weekend, and the Mariners more out of it than Jerry Garcia in the ’70s, feels pretty irrelevant out here. On the other hand, it’s a Major League Baseball game, and even the worst of those is better than the best of most other of life’s activities.
Anyway, I’ll pass along the highlights from here as they occur.



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