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GAME THOUGHTS: Twins vs. Mariners, August 27th

Let's get to it ...

Top of 1st

1-2-3 inning for Ryan Feierabend. It's nice not having Mauer in there. And no, I don't care how Feierabend pronounces his name.

Bottom of 1st

Yuni showing some good patience from the No. 2 spot, getting a base hit on the first pitch. but nothing comes of it as third baseman Brendan Harris makes a nice diving stop on Beltre's hard ground ball and gets up and throws him out at third. Maybe it's a baseball karma for all the hits Beltre has taken away with his outstanding defensive play.

Top of Second

Feierabend gets in a little trouble giving up a soft single to Justin Morneau and then walking Randy Ruiz. Miguel Cairo tries to get him out of it, trying to turn a 3-6-3 double play, but Jason Kubel barely beats the throw, much to Cairo's disbelief. With Morneau advancing to third, Delmon Young hit a deep fly to center to score the run. Brendan Harris doubled to left to give the Twins runners at on second and third with two outs, but Feierabend got Nick Punto to pop up to third to end the inning. Twins 1, Mariners 0.

Bottom of second

Mariners go quietly, nice pop up to the pitcher by Johjima.

Top of third

Casilla with a single but Feierbend gets a nice play from Cairo at third on a hard ground ball from Morneau.

Bottom of third

Ichiro picks up his 173rd hit of the season and later scores as Yuni works the count to 2-2 (small victories) then rips a ball to the left-center gap that was just out of reach for Delmon Young. Ichiro score easily .... tie game 1-1.

Top of four

Feierabend finally kept flirting with trouble and finally got burned. A pair of singles and a two-out walk loaded the bases for Denard Span. Feierbend was ahead of Span 1-2 and threw a change-up and Span stayed back long enough and golfed it into right-center for a ground rule double to score a pair of runs. Twins lead 3-1.

Bottom of Four

The Twins two-run lead was short-lived. Beltre leads off with an infield hit and then Jose Lopez hits the first pitch he sees down the left field line and the ball stayed fair and just cleared the 331 foot sign for a two-run homer.

Top of five

Feierabend seems rejuvenated with tie game and gets a 1-2-3 inning.

Bottom of five

It's like I never left. The Mainrers get the first two runners on, and Yuni of all people successfully lays down a sac bunt. But of course, they don't score. Raul hits a rocket to first that Morneau catches and Beltre pops up to right to end the inning.

Top of Six...

pretty uneventful

Bottom of Six

A pair of two-out walks give the Ms some hope, but Cairo grounds out to second. Hey, you play Cairo you get defense, just not much offense.

Top of Seven

Feierabend works out of a jam, picking off Nick Punto and then surviving a Span single to get out. It's 3-3 and Feierabend probably won't figure in the decision unless the Mariners socre here.

Bottom of Seven

Raul is such a good teammate he makes sure that Feierbend is on line for the win, blasting an 0-1 pitch to right for his 21st homer of the season, giving the M's a 4-3 lead.

Feierabend finished with 7 innings pitched, allowing three runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 114 pitches and 76 were strikes.

Top of Eight

Well, Feierabend was in line for the win for all of a half of an inning as Sean Green came i and gave up a double, a single and another double. Cesar Jimenez came in to try and clean up the mess and that didn't work as pinch hitter Brian Buscher singled to right to score two runs. It's now 6-4 Twins.

Bottom of Eight

It's now a one-run game after back-to-back doubles from Johjima and Clement. It might have been tied but pinch runner Tug Hulett was thrown out at home by Denard Span, trying to score on Miguel Cairo's single to right. Twins 6, Mariners 5, we head to the ninth.

Here's the lineups ...

TWINS (74-58)

2 Denard Span CF

25 Alexi Casilla 2B

55 Mike Redmond C

33 Justin Morneau 1B

56 Randy Ruiz DH

16 Jason Kubel RF

21 Delmon Young LF

23 Brendan Harris 3B

8 Nick Punto SS


15 Glen Perkins P

MARINERS (50-82)

51 Ichiro RF

5 Betancourt SS

28 Ibanez LF

29 Beltre 3B

4 Lopez 2B

50 Balentien CF

2 Johjima C

9 Clement DH

13 Cairo 1B


31 Feierabend P