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May 4, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Mariners take on hopeless-hitting Twins

After going 25 innings without a run, the Twins struck for three in the seventh to stun the Mariners and the 22,492 on-hand and take a 3-2 lead. Chris Parmalee ended the night for Jason Vargas with a one out double and then two walks by reliever Tom Wilhelmsen loaded the bases.
Denard Span then grounded a ball that Wilhelmsen barehanded. Rather than throw home for the force, he spun completely around and tried to begin a double play at second base. But his throw went wide of the bag and into the outfield, allowing a run to score. Jamey Carroll then grounded into a fielder’s choice that tied the game and Joe Mauer put the Twins ahead with a hard shot up the middle off Charlie Furbush that Brendan Ryan couldn’t handle behind the second base bag.

8:34 p.m.: The Mariners strung some hits together in the fifth inning and took a 2-0 lead. Jesus Montero and Kyle Seager opened with consecutive doubles off Carl Pavano and then — one out later — Mike Carp doubled over the head of right fielder Ryan Doumit to bring the next run home. The way the Twins are hitting, that could be enough.
7:49 p.m.: We’re midway through the third inning and the Twins are already living up to their rep as one of the worst offensive teams ever put on a field. Jamey Carroll did manage a first inning hit to snap an 0-for-12 skid for him and an 0-for-47 slump by his squad. But that’s been it as Jason Vargas rolls over their lineup like one of those “Smoakamotive” trains they’re giving away at the ballpark.
The Smoakamotive himself — Justin Smoak — grounded into double-play to end the last inning, just like Ichiro did to end the first. But at this rate, the Mariners might score a run at some point and that looks like it’ll be enough tonight.
6:52 p.m.: This will be the best opportunity the Mariners may ever get to halt a losing streak and start some momentum the other way.
The Minnesota Twins come to town a hapless and hopeless bunch at the plate.
They haven’t scored in 19 innings, haven’t had a hit in 15 and have lost nine of their last 10 games to sit with the worst record in MLB at 6-18 (.250).
Other than that, they’re grand. Wonder if they’re in the market for a hot-hitting third baseman/left fielder/leadoff man? Relatively hot, that is.
The lineups:
CF Denard Span
SS Jamey Carroll
DH Joe Mauer
LF Josh Willingham
RF Ryan Doumit
3B Danny Valencia
1B Chris Parmalee
2B Alexi Casilla
C Drew Butera
RHP Carl Pavano
2B Dustin Ackley
3B Alex Liddi
RF Ichiro
C Jesus Montero
DH Kyle Seager
LF Mike Carp
1B Justin Smoak
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
LHP Jason Vargas

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