July 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM
Game thread: Twins 3, Mariners 2, FINAL in 13 innings
Kendrys Morales hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 13th off Glen Perkins and Kyle Seager followed with a single to put the tying run on with no out. But Justin Smoak grounded into a double play and the Mariners went on to lose 3-2 in 13 innings.
10:51 p.m.: Yoervis Medina gave up a single and then a two-run homer to right-center by Chris Colabello, the first of his career, to give the Twins a 3-1 lead in the top of the 13th.
10:28 p.m.: Alright, it’s gonna be another of those fun Friday evenings! We’re on to the 12th inning, still tied 1-1. Kendrys Morales led off the ottom of the 11th with a single and then Kyle Seager hit a hard grounder that looked like it might shoot through the right side and really get something going. But then Justin Morneau made a great grab and began a fabulous 3-6-3 double-play to help keep this game even.
Oliver Perez is now on to pitch after Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen kept things scoreless in the 10th and 11th.
10:00 p.m.: Felix Hernandez can no longer win this game, despite allowing just five hits over nine inning while striking out 11 and walking nobody. The Mariners have struck out 12 Minnesota Twins hitters as a staff, but they have just one run scored in a 1-1 game as we head to the top of the 11th.
Tom Wilhelmsen is on to pitch so he’s the pitcher of record for now.
9:39 p.m.: Felix Hernandez was two outs away from a complete game shutout and looking to run his scoreless innings streak to 25. But then Trevor Plouffe delivered a one-out single to center in the top of the ninth to score the tying run in a 1-1 game.
Hernandez struck out the remaining batters he faced and now has 11. And his team has a half-inning to get him a win.
8:25 p.m.: We’ve finally got a run in this game as Nick Franklin singled to center with two out in the fifth to score Brendan Ryan from third base. Ryan reached on a fielder’s choice after a leadoff single by Dustin Ackley. The play was ruled an “out” at second base, even though the ball was dropped — supposedly on the transfer, though second baseman Brian Dozier never appeared to even squeeze it.
Break for the Twins there. Henry Blanco added a single that sent Ryan to third and — one out later — Franklin came through with his second hit of the night.
Felix Hernandez has allowed just two hits through five innings.
7:03 p.m.: Felix Hernandez has been slowly creeping into Cy Young Award contention with some of his base numbers and as of right now, can actually make a pretty strong claim for his second prize. He’s at 11-4 with a 2.43 ERA and those numbers alone will get him into the conversation before we start digging deeper into stuff.
The Mariners need the Cy Young caliber guy out there tonight with the King’s Court in full session. They sit just four games under .500 and these games against the struggling Twins are some of the easier ones they’ll have over the next week before heading to Boston and Baltimore.
They took advantage last night and hope to do so tonight.
The Mariners, by the way, have officially confirmed the Humberto Quintero signing we broke earlier this afternoon. So, he’s at the ballpark.
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