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Homers from Gutierrez and Canó not enough as Mariners fall to Twins in series finale


5/29 vs MIN by TOM HAYDEN

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

The M's were narrowly defeated on Sunday by the Minnesota Twins in what was Game 3 of the 3-game weekend series. Minnesota brought the long-ball the entire series, as they combined for 8 homeruns in the 3 games. On Sunday, RHP Taijuan Walker made his tenth start on the season, but gave up 3 HR in his outing.

Offensively the Mariners put up 7 hits on the day. 2B Robinson Canó (.297 AVG) connected for his fifteenth HR of 2016, a solo HR in the first inning. Canó is tied with 4 other MLB players for HR so far this season, all with 15 a-piece. Robbie is second among all of Major League Baseball in RBI with 44, only trailing BOS David Ortiz who has 46. It was in the bottom of the ninth inning when DH Franklin Gutierrez (.293 AVG) belted a 2-run jack to center to put the Mariners within 1 of the Twins. Unfortunately the M's were unable to come back as Lee struck out in the pinch hit spot of Iannetta to end the ballgame.

On the mound, RHP Taijuan Walker made his tenth start on the season. Walker went 4.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 6 hits (all earned), walking 2, and striking out 3 Twins on the day. Unfortunately, Taijuan suffered the loss and now has a W-L record of 2-5 on the year, with an ERA of 3.31. LHP Vidal Nuño (1.08 ERA) tossed in relief, and did well. Nuño struck out 4 Twins in 2.2 innings of work, giving up 1 un-earned run on 0 hits. RHP Steve Johnson (0.82 ERA) and RHP Joel Peralta (4.29 ERA) tossed the rest of the game combining to give up no runs on no hits with 1 strikeout.

The Mariners will look to bounce back from the tough weekend series with the Twins as they welcome in the 20-31 San Diego Padres to Safeco. The M's and Padres will play a set of 4 games. (Monday - Thursday) Monday and Tuesday at Safeco Field in Seattle, and Wednesday and Thursday at Petco Park in San Diego. The first 2 games of the series will be in matinee form, 1:10 PM PAC on Monday and 12:40 PM PAC on Tuesday for first pitch start times. The M's and Padres will open up the 4-game series on Memorial Day Monday, donning the Camouflage uniform patterns to honor both our fallen and current troops. RHP Nathan Karns (4-1, 3.53 ERA) will make his tenth start of the season. Karns and the M's will face SD RHP Evan Cashner (2-4, 4.87 ERA). Be sure to catch this one on ROOT Sports NW, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue. Happy Memorial Day, and God Bless America.

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