Mariners split with Twins, in an offensive manner
The Seattle Mariners traveled to Minnesota to face the Twins and saw themselves score 22 runs in 4 games, but unfortunately giving up 33 runs. The M’s were lucky to come away with a split as they continue their woes on the road this season.
|Jun 12||Minnesota||W||14 – 3|
|Jun 13||Minnesota||L||20 – 7|
|Jun 14||Minnesota||W||6 – 4|
|Jun 15||Minnesota||L||6 – 2|
Monday saw an offensive explosion that was highlighted by two hit four RBI effort by Nelson Cruz. That 14-3 win would see M’s pitcher Yovani Gallardo get his 3rd win on a 5 strikeout 3 run effort over 6 innings. It would be one of the best efforts that he has given this year.
However, as great as that effort was, Tuesday would see the M”s give up 20 runs as Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario would nail 3 homers. The Twinkies would slug 28 hits as Mariner’s pitchers Christian Bergman and Casey Lawrence would surrender a disheartening 15 runs between the two of them. Comedic relief would come in the 8th as catcher Carlos Ruiz would pitch—allowing 2 hits and 1run.
SSU Player of the Series
Has anyone kept an eye on catcher Mike Zunino? Over this Twins series, Zunino has 6 hits in 13 at bats. He has raised his batting average 30 points over the last 10 days and over 100 points in the last 3 weeks. If Zunino can average .250 and hit 20 homers this season, he will be the story of the year. After having been sent down for over a month—to triple A Tacoma—Zunino shortened his swing and rediscovered his game.