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Mariners shut out by Twins as bats once again go cold

UPDATED: Wed., June 15, 2022

Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins catches the ball for an out against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Seattle.  (Steph Chambers/Tribune News Service)
Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins catches the ball for an out against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Seattle. (Steph Chambers/Tribune News Service)
By Ryan Divish Seattle Times

SEATTLE – Mistakes aren’t misfortune, failed execution isn’t a bad break and optimistic references to last season’s success, which should have stopped about a month ago, should probably result in fines at their mention.

For reasons largely passing standard baseball logic, the 2021 Mariners would have found a way to win Wednesday’s game at T-Mobile Park, probably by one run.

But the 2022 version has yet to find that sort of magic, by not creating it.

The seventh inning of Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins offered the juxtaposition.

In the critical seventh inning, the Mariners’ best reliever, Paul Sewald, gave up the go-ahead single with two outs. In the bottom of the inning, Dylan Moore couldn’t execute a sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second and no outs, popping it up to first base. Meanwhile, Luis Torrens and pinch-hitter Abraham Toro couldn’t come up with a hit of any sort when needed to at least tie the game

The M’s wasted Marco Gonzales’ strong start and were shut out for the eighth time this season.

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