Sunday, April 26, 2015 · Safeco Field
|First Pitch: 1:09 pm||Time of Game: 3:40||Temp: 56 º/Winds Calm||Attendance: 35,342|
WP: Casey Fien (1-1, 2.16) LP: Tyler Olson (1-1, 5.00)
SV: Glen Perkins (5)
|Seth Smith (SEA)||1||Gibson||4||0||0||1-1||407/R|
- Seattle played its 4th extra-inning game of the season; have lost the last two extra-frame games and are now 2-2.
- Including today, each of the last 14 games and 17 of 18 overall have been decided by 3 runs or less.
- Roenis Elias made his season debut tonight and got a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins.
o Had entered game 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA (10 ER, 10.1 IP) in 2 career starts vs. the Twins.
- Roenis Elias is 3-4 with a 2.40 ERA (15 ER, 56.1 IP) with 53 strikeouts in 11 starts since July 21, 2014.
o Has not allowed more than 2 earned runs since July 9, 2014 vs. Minnesota.
- Seattle starters have not allowed more than 2 earned runs in each of the last 5 games and 7 of the last 9.
o In the last 9 starts have a 3.33 ERA (20 ER, 54.0 IP) with 54 strikeouts (since April 17).
§ Began the season with a 6.43 ERA (35 ER, 49.0 IP) in the first 9 starts.
- Carson Smith tossed 1.0 scoreless inning, retiring all three batters he faced.
o Has not allowed a run in his Major League career, spanning 18 games and 17.0 innings.
o Has set a club record for most consecutive appearances to open career without allowing a run.
o The club record for consecutive scoreless innings to start a career is 17.2 (Mark Lowe in 2006).
- Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with a double and has recoded 5 doubles in his last 8 games.
o In his last 8 games is hitting .379 (11×29) with 3 runs, 5 doubles and 5 RBI.
- Seth Smith hit his first home run as a Mariner, and his first home run since 8/6/14 at Minnesota (with San Diego).
o Homered off Anthony Swarzak in T10th inning for the eventual game-winning run in 5-4 Padres victory.
o Went 193 plate appearances between home runs.
- Robinson Canó had his 11-game hitting streak snapped by going 0-for-3 with 2 walks.
o During the streak he hit .409 (18×44) with 9 runs, 6 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI.
§ The streak was tied for the longest active streak in the American League.
- Manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected for first time this season in the fourth inning by HP umpire Sean Barber.
o It was the 30th ejection of McClendon’s career, his 25th as a manager.
- Minnesota finished 3-3 on its 6-game, 7-day road trip to Kansas City & Seattle.
- The Twins improved to 2-0 in extra-inning games this season.
- Kyle Gibson recorded his second quality start of the season, allowing 2 earned runs in season-high 7.0 innings.
o In career vs. Seattle is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA (8 ER, 25.0 IP) in 4 starts.
- Minnesota starters are 4-3 with a 3.15 ERA (23 ER, 65.2 IP) over their last 11 games.
o Began the season 1-5, 6.87 ERA (28 ER, 36.2 IP) during the first 7 games of the season.
- Since start of 2014, Twins starters have a 1.85 ERA (9 ER, 43.2 IP) in 7 starts at Safeco Field.
- Joe Mauer recorded his 312th career double in the 3rd inning against Roenis Elias.
o The 312 career doubles ties him with Kent Hrbek for 3rd on the Twins all=time list.
- Eduardo Nuñez has hit safely in each of his 5 games this season, hitting .533 (8×15) with 4 doubles and 2 RBI.
o Has recorded three consecutive multi-hit games (April 18 vs. Cleveland, April 25 & 26 at Seattle).
- Trevor Plouffe reached base safely in 8 straight games (since April 17) with hits in seven of those.
o During the stretch is batting .333 (11×33) with 4 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI.
- Shane Robinson extended his hitting streak to six games, the longest of his career.
o During the streak he is batting .476 (10×21) with six runs scored, 1 double and 4 RBI.
TWINS MANAGER PAUL MOLITOR:
On Joe Mauer’s game-winning hit:
“He hit the ball five times on the barrel. The last one he hit, I don’t know how close to center field it was, but it was amazing the right fielder almost had a chance to catch it. We’ve talked about how to use Joe the best way, but right now he’s getting hits with men in scoring position.”
On the performance of the bullpen:
[Aaron] Thompson’s had the hot hand for the most part. He got in a bit of trouble there but got the big strikeout on Seager and got out of that inning and gave us a chance to extend the game. Casey [Fien] came in there through a tough portion of their lineup and gave us another opportunity. Those guys did a really nice job.