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May 4, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Losing streak hits seven as Mariners lose focus in one critical inning

For most of this game, it appeared the Mariners would snap their six-game losing streak. Instead, they let up for just one inning and it proved costly in a 3-2 loss to the hapless Minnesota Twins.
The biggest loss of focus came from relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen. After walking a pair to load the bases, he barehanded a Denard Span grounder.
Instead of throwing home for the force, he tried — ill-advisedly — to begin a double-play by turning his body almost completely around before attempting a difficult throw to second. The ball missed its target completely and the Twins had their first run in 25 innings.
It was all downhill from there.
The Mariners didn’t do much offensively either, other than a two-run fifth inning. It seemed like it would be more than enough until that seventh and then, afterwards, the Seattle offense went all-too-quietly, as we’ve seen before.
The M’s had five strikeouts the last three innings — four in the final two frames. Minnesota pitching retired the final 11 batters in a row.

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