Game 67: The Seattle Mariners (32-34) face the Minnesota Twins (33-28) in the third of a four-game series at 5:10 pm at Target Field in Minneapolis.The Mariners will try to bounce back from a record-setting, embarrassing 20-7 loss to the Twins on Tuesday, in which Carlos Ruiz made the first pitching performance of his long career in his 1,110th game.
Ruiz is the eighth player with at least 1,000 career games to make his pitching debut. On April 18 this season, Erick Aybar debuted for SD in career game No. 1,359. Among the eight veteran players to make pitching debuts since the start of 2015, Ruiz is actually seventh in career games.
Regardless, the M’s have still won 11 of their past 16 games.
Transaction: The Mariners recalled Chase De Jong from AAA Tacoma and optioned Casey Lawrence to the Rainiers. Lawrence was roughed up for six runs on 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings. As has been the case lately, if the “long man” in the pen gets used, he gets sent out the next day for a fresh arm from Tacoma.
Lineups and starters
Starters: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-1, 2.79) faces RHP Ervin Santana (8-3, 2.20).
- The Mariners collected six doubles last night (Ben Gamel (2), Jarrod Dyson, Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino), a season-high. The M’s have not had more than six doubles in a game since collecting seven on May 30, 2012. Four of the six doubles last night eventually scored.
- DH Nelson Cruz drove in two more runs last night, giving him 52 this season; that leads the American League. He’s collected six RBIs in the first two games of this series. Cruz has a current 12-game hitting streak vs. the Twins at Target Field dating back to May 2, 2014.
- The Mariners allowed a franchise-record 28 hits last night (previous: 26, Aug. 15, 2015 at Boston). The previous season-high for hits was 24 on April 25 at Detroit. The 20 runs allowed were tied for second most in franchise history – the club record is 22 (also Aug. 15, 2015 at Boston). The team also allowed 20 runs April 17, 1993 at Detroit. That game was started by current Mariners bullpen coach Mike Hampton, who allowed four runs).
This day in Mariners History
In 2013, Mike Zunino hit his first MLB home run for the GWRBI in the Mariners 3-2 win at Oakland.