Mike Zunino completed an extra-inning marathon with a fierce swing, tearing a walk-off homer into the bottom of 12th innings to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Twins on Saturday night at Safeco Field give.
As The sky turned into the black of the night and the temperature in Safeco Field dropped from pleasant to crisp with a biting and cool breeze. Mike Zunino watched ball after ball, seemingly squeezed into the center field by the missiles of his teammates in the air. But what slipped out of the bat like a home game gave a crowd of 23,986 screaming hopes for runs and victory, dying only in the midfield player's glove on the warning lane. But what about a well hit ball to left field off the bat of the freakishly strong Zunino? 1
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With two outs at the bottom of the 12th and the Mariners all indications that they might not score on Saturday night. Zunino finished the extra-inning marathon against the Twins with a fierce swing. Reliever Matt Magill dropped a 2-2 slider over the center of the plate. Zunino, who had been eliminated three times in the game, did not miss this gift and ripped off a solo home so heavy that the ball in Edgars Cantina was tucked into the shield, destroying some of the fixtures. 19659008] Most Read Sports Stories
"I once tried to make a smart hit since everyone has come to the fore," joked Zunino. "I did not do anything there, but I tried to blow it up, and I finally managed to find a place I could handle."
It was Zunin's eighth homer of the season and his second walk-off homer. The Mariners have four walk-off wins and are 5-0 in extra innings games this season. Seattle has now won seven of their last games and improved to 31-20 in the season.
"It's really remarkable, the run we were on and how we did it," said Servais. "We had a tremendous effort from our pitching staff tonight, they all had a hand in it, our pitching kept us going and got us in the line we are in. It kept us in ball games and somehow we found out how to score a hit late in the game and we did it again tonight. "
It's a win that costs a lot of money. Reliever Nick Vincent was sidelined in the eighth inning in the midst of an at-bat against Twins bat Miguel Sano. With two outs and Seattle 3–2 Vincent threw a pitch and signaled immediately to the coach.
He left the game and left-handed James Pazos came in. Pazos could not hold the lead and gave up Eddie Rosario (19659003) The Mariners announced that Vincent had suffered a right groin strain.
Seattle worsened in the second round when Jean Segura left the game due to injury. After finishing the inning with a single, Segura was hit in the head when he slipped into second in the second round of shortstop Gregorio Petit.
"We will know more (Sunday) when we have more tests of these types," said Servais. "We keep our fingers crossed."
Servais expected Segura to undergo a concussion protocol before being acquitted. In the meantime, assistant Dan Altavilla of the AAA Tacoma class in Los Angeles was removed during warm-up exercises, presumably to join the team when Vincent goes on the disabled list.
In the first five innings, Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc kept the Twins off-balance with his "overpowering" 87-mph fastball, a dive change, and an accurate positioning. He was efficient and in rhythm, allowing only one shot over the first five innings. There were some difficulties in the third when he gave Brian Dozier a two-way walk and allowed his first hit – a single for Max Kepler.
It looked as if the Twins would get a run when Sano reached a sinking line into the left middle. But Ben Gamel did not pay attention to his personal safety or the presence of midfielder Guillermo Heredia. Gamel went into a complete layout and made a diving grip to end the inning and the threat.
The Twins eventually reached LeBlanc in sixth in the run-scoring doubles of Kepler and Rosario. But LeBlanc retained the damage only for the two runs, finishing the sixth and his two-run outing allowed on four hits without walks and four strikeouts.
The Mariners against Twins starter Jake Odorizzi not much better. He carved Seattle for the first five innings, only giving four strokes – two from Gamel – without allowing a run.
But like the twins, the Mariners also broke through in the sixth. Segura smashed a leadoff homer into the second level of Edgars Cantina to split the lead 2: 1 in half.
Seattle took the lead three shots later. With a goal and Mitch Haniger in first place, Nelson Cruz, who came into play with only two goals in his last 17 strokes, struck a line in the middle. The ball was hit hard enough, the only question was whether he would stay high enough to cross the wall, hit the wall or add Twins acrobatic midfielder Byron Buxton to his highlight-catching role. The laser was just out of reach of the bouncing Buxton, who hit the wall and fell on the warning lane. Buxton stayed on the ground for a while, before finally standing up, talking to a coach and leaving the game.
For Cruz it was his eighth homer of the year and a 3-2 lead for the Mariners.
It was great to see Nelson Cruz getting a big hit and ousting one from the stadium, "Servais said," We have not seen this for a while, so hopefully he can relax and get it going.
The Mariners did a brilliant job of helping out, and in his fourth in five games, closer Edwin Diaz scored a goalless ninth.
Juan Nicasio was even better, tossing two goalless innings and striking five of the six batters he faced. Chasen Bradford (4-0) took the win after a goalless 12th inning.