May 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) celebrates with first baseman Joe Mauer (7) after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins Tag Chris Young, Mariners Lose Opener


The Minnesota Twins handed Chris Young his first loss of the 2014 season as they tagged him for 10 hits and five runs in seven innings as they beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Friday night at Target Field.

After losing consecutive games for the first time since “the skid” on Wednesday, the Mariners fell back under .500 with the loss on Friday. Add Kyle Gibson‘s name to the list of mediocre pitchers that the Mariners have made look like Cy Young-caliber starters this season.

Gibson pitched seven innings scattering six hits and allowing only one run – a two out RBI double off the bat of Robinson Cano. Chris Young allowed two RBI doubles in the 3rd, solo homers in the 4th and 5th and an RBI single in the 6th.

Young had a hard time getting the ball down in the zone. He didn’t strike out a single batter but he only walked one. He threw 101 pitches in his seven innings.

The Mariners didn’t make it interesting until the 8th when they hit up Caleb Thielbar for three runs to cut the lead to one. The M’s had plenty of opportunities, leaving 10 on base, while batting 1-for-8 with RISP. Something this team had been doing better so far this season.

No time to sweat this one out though. Believe it or not, I figured this would be the game in the series that they lost. The battle of the young arms is today ad Felix Hernandez goes Sunday. I like our chances of taking the series still.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
James JonesCF 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .343
Michael SaundersRF 4 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250
Robinson Canó2B 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .304
Corey HartDH 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 .209
Justin Smoak1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .235
Kyle Seager3B 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 .231
Dustin AckleyLF 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Mike ZuninoC 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .250
Brad MillerSS 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .158
Totals 36 4 9 4 0 4 5 0 14
Batting
2B – R Cano (9, K Gibson)
3B – D Ackley (2, C Thielbar)
SF – M Zunino
RBI – R Cano (23), D Ackley 2 (18), M Zunino (18)
2-out RBI – R Cano
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 1, C Hart 1, J Smoak 1, K Seager 2
Team LOB – 10
Fielding
E – B Miller (8, throw)
DP – 1 (J Smoak)

Minnesota

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Brian Dozier2B 5 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 5 .248
Joe Mauer1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .293
Trevor Plouffe3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .252
Chris ParmeleeRF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .292
Kurt SuzukiC 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310
Jason KubelLF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260
Josmil PintoDH 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 .252
Aaron HicksCF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .182
Eduardo EscobarSS 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Totals 36 5 12 5 2 1 1 0 15
Batting
2B – B Dozier (4, C Young); J Mauer (4, C Young); T Plouffe (17, C Young); K Suzuki (9, C Young); A Hicks (4, C Young); E Escobar (12, J Beimel)
HR – B Dozier (10, 5th inning off C Young 0 on, 1 Out), J Pinto (6, 4th inning off C Young 0 on, 2 Out)
RBI – B Dozier 2 (22), T Plouffe (25), J Pinto (12), E Escobar (9)
2-out RBI – T Plouffe, J Pinto
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – B Dozier 2, J Mauer 2, C Parmelee 2
Team LOB – 8
Pitching

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Chris Young(L, 3-1) 7.0 10 5 5 1 0 2 1.14 3.22
Joe Beimel 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.32 2.63
Tom Wilhelmsen 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.24 2.14

Minnesota

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Kyle Gibson(W, 4-3) 7.0 6 1 1 2 4 0 1.47 4.20
Caleb Thielbar 0.1 2 3 3 1 0 0 1.22 4.38
Casey Fien(HLD, 7) 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.82 2.12
Glen Perkins(SV, 11) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.09 3.72
WP – G Perkins
Pitches-strikes – C Young 101-67; J Beimel 12-9; T Wilhelmsen 3-3; K Gibson 96-57; C Thielbar 14-8; C Fien 13-8; G Perkins 16-11
Ground balls-fly balls – C Young 9-15; J Beimel 1-0; T Wilhelmsen 0-0; K Gibson 17-4; C Thielbar 0-1; C Fien 0-1; G Perkins 3-1
Batters faced – C Young 32; J Beimel 4; T Wilhelmsen 1; K Gibson 30; C Thielbar 4; C Fien 3; G Perkins 4
Game Details
Game Time: 2:42.
Umpires: HP–Larry Vanover. 1B–Angel Hernandez. 2B–Adrian Johnson. 3B–Toby Basner.
Weather: 51 degrees, Mostly Cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to Right.
Attendance: 27,275.

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