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Sports Radio KJR Post-Game Wrap Up
Final Score: Mariners 6, Twins 4
Recap: Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez allowed 4 runs in 6 innings for the Mariners as they managed to split a four game series with the Twins in Sunday's series finale.
Minnesota hit Ramirez hard in the 2nd with a Ryan Doumit double (that could have been a home run save for a nice play by Endy Chavez) followed by a Chris Colabello two-run homer.
Brad Miller singled in the third, went from first to third base on a Franklin single, then scored on a Kyle Seager sacrifice fly to pull within one before the Mariners offense really got going in the fourth.
Michael Saunders led off the bottom of the fourth with a stratosphere-scraping blast to right field that tied the game at 2-2. The Twins failed to double up Henry Blanco which would have ended the inning and the Mariners capitalized. Brad Miller walked (the 3rd time he reached base in the first four innings) and Nick Franklin hit the first of his two home runs for their first lead of the game, 5-2.
Turning Point: Failed double play in 4th for Minnesota leads to 3r HR for Nick Franklin
Player of the Game: Nick Franklin: 3-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs
- The Mariners have hit 61 HR at Safeco Field this season; hit 57 in 2011 and 56 in 2012 in 81 home games.
- Seattle is the first AL team (2nd MLB team; Atlanta) to have 6 or more players with 10+ homers in 2013.
- 6 of Nick Franklin’s 10 home runs have come in July…4 of them have been for 3 or more runs (3 3R HRs, 1 GS HR).
- Franklin's 10 homers and 32 RBIs leads all AL rookies for those two categories.
Next Up: Mariners open a series at Fenway Park against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Joe Saunders (9-9, 4.48 ERA) against Brandon Workman (0-1, 4.40 ERA)