Minnesota Twins Tag Chris Young, Mariners Lose Opener

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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

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
James JonesCF501000102.343
Michael SaundersRF413001000.250
Robinson Canó2B502100002.304
Corey HartDH500000205.209
Justin Smoak1B411001002.235
Kyle Seager3B310001103.231
Dustin AckleyLF411200000.267
Mike ZuninoC300100100.250
Brad MillerSS301001000.158
Totals36494045014

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

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Brian Dozier2B522210105.248
Joe Mauer1B401000003.293
Trevor Plouffe3B401100001.252
Chris ParmeleeRF400000003.292
Kurt SuzukiC411000000.310
Jason KubelLF401000001.260
Josmil PintoDH312111001.252
Aaron HicksCF412000001.182
Eduardo EscobarSS402100000.333
Totals365125211015

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

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Chris Young(L, 3-1)7.010551021.143.22
Joe Beimel0.22000001.322.63
Tom Wilhelmsen0.10000101.242.14

Minnesota

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Kyle Gibson(W, 4-3)7.06112401.474.20
Caleb Thielbar0.12331001.224.38
Casey Fien(HLD, 7)0.20001100.822.12
Glen Perkins(SV, 11)1.01000001.093.72

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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