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August 29, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Twins, Aug. 29: Mariners win, 2-1

TWINS NINTH:Aardsma gets 25th save, getting a game-ending double play from Cuddyer after a one-out single by Orlando Hudson. The whole thing took 2 hours and 6 minutes. M’s win, 2-1.
TWINS EIGHTH:Ron Gardenhire played the Joe Mauer card, and the Mariners survived. Mauer pinch-hit for Butera after J.J. Hardy got a two-out single off Brandon League. Pinch-runner Alexi Casilla stole second, but Mauer, on a 2-2 pitch, grounded out to second. Jim Thome is still available, but he is still bothered by the bad back that forced him out of Saturday’s game. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SEVENTH:The Mariners storm into the lead. Jose Lopez started things off with a one-out single — Seattle’s first hit since the second inning. He moves to second on a Casey Kotchman single, and both move up on a Pavano wild pitch. Franklin Gutierrez hit a drive to left that ate up Delmon Young, who allowed the ball to drop in front of him. Should have been caught, but the tying run scored. Adam Moore hit a slow grounder to short, and the Twins could only get a force at second as Kotchman scored the go-ahead run. 2-1 Mariners.
TWINS SEVENTH:Well, there goes the scoreless tie. Michael Cuddyer is green-lighted 3-0, and crushes a ball into the upper deck in left. 1-0 Twins.
MARINERS SIXTH: Both pitchers have two-hit shutouts through six — 78 pitches for Pavano, 83 for French. Pavano has retired 13 in a row. M’s scoreless streak at 15 innings and counting. They have four hits in that span. 0-0.
TWINS SIXTH:French is matching Pavano zero for zero, in a reprise of that classic Fister-Blackburn duel from Saturday. He’s got a two-hitter through six, and one was an infield single on which Figgins could have made a play. 0-0.
MARINERS FIFTH:This is starting to look a lot like yesterday. Carl. Pavano looks like another Nick Blackburn. Three up, three down. Ten in a row put down by Pavano — six on infield grounders. 0-0.
TWINS FIFTH:A leadoff single by Kubel, but French gets a break when Delmon Young’s smash up the middle is deflected off him to Figgins, who throws him out at first. Figgins then makes a nice catch on Valencia’s popup to short right, and Repko (from Hanford High School in Richland) flies out. Still 0-0.
MARINERS FOURTH:A very quick inning by Pavano, who gets three ground outs from the middle of the M’s order. 0-0.
TWINS FOURTH:French gives up his first hit, an infield single by Denard Span, who is wild-pitched to second. But after an Orlando Hudson ground out, catcher Adam Moore gunned down Span trying to steal third. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD:Three up, three down. That’s 12 consecutive scoreless innings for the Mariners. 0-0.
TWINS THIRD:Since walking leadoff man Dendard Span, French has retired nine in a row. He had an easy 1-2-3 third, striking out Drew Butera looking. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND:They get runners to first and second with two out (single by Franklin Gutierrez, stolen base, walk to Adam Moore), but Matt Tuiasosopo struck out. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST:Figgins gets a one-out single, but he’s nailed stealing second by Butera on a strike ’em out (Branyan), throw ’em out double play. 0-0.
TWINS FIRST:French goes 0-2 on leadoff man Denard Span, then throws four straight balls. But he strikes out Orlando Hudson and gets Michael Cuddyer to hit into a double play. 0-0.
It’s Carl Pavano vs. Luke French, who has the good fortune not to be facing Joe Mauer. The All-World catcher gets the day off, and Drew Butera, son of the esteemed Sal Butera, gets the start behind the plate.
Pretty decent bench for the Twins today — three-time batting champion and reigning American League MVP Mauer, and 582-homer man Jim Thome. The Mariners have, uh, Ryan Langerhans.



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