The look on Seattle relief pitcher Roy Corcoran’s face as he finished off the Twins for a two-inning save the other day pretty much says it all in regards to how the Twins fared against the Mariners.
Right from the get-go, it was apparent that Twins starter Scott Baker did not have any “stuff” last night, as he gave up two runs in the second inning on a Jeff Clement single. Yet, despite pitching out of jam after jam (and giving up ten hits in the process), Baker held the M’s scoreless through the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings.
In the top of the sixth, the Twins offense finally showed a spark of life. However, with runners on the corners and no outs, Justin Morneau grounded into a rally-killing double play, despite a run scoring. Yet, all was seemingly forgiven when the next batter, Randy Ruiz, cranked his first major league home run to tie the score.
In the bottom of the same inning, though, Baker allowed another single run on a Jose Lopez single (scoring who else but Adrian Beltre). From that point, the Twins’ bats were absolutely shut down, not managing a single rally for the duration in the 3-2 loss.
-This type of game is EXACTLY what Twins fans are terrified of on this long road trip, more specifically the bats falling almost completely silent while the pitchers turn in good performances (this EXACT thing happened down the stretch in 2005 and pushed the Twins out of the playoff picture).
-Boy, do the Twins sure miss Michael Cuddyer right now. In all honesty, Carlos Gomez (oh he of many misplays and strikeouts) probably does not deserve to be starting on an every day basis for the Twins, as he gives away too many at-bats.
Preview (74-58, 2nd, 2.0 GB CWS): Glen Perkins (11-3, 3.90) vs. Ryan Feirerabend (0-1, 7.88). Perkie has been a losing-streak stopper as of late, and Twins bats hammered Feirerabend the last time we saw him (of course, I also said the same thing about Rowland-Smith last and we all know how that turned out). A sweep at the hands of the Mariners would be embarrassing, pure and simple.