Minneapolis – The 2021 season parity continued in the third game of 2022. After winning their first two games by one run, a staple of their success a year earlier, the Mariners’ first loss was a one-sided drubbing that wouldn’t do wonders for their run differential or fun differential.
Marco Gonzales’ first start of the season lasted just two innings – the second shortest in his Mariners career, Adam Frazier made an error that resulted in four unearned runs and the Mariners’ pitchers allowed six homers in an ugly 10-4 loss to the Twins. Gave.
Gonzales pitched two innings, tagged for six runs (only two earned) on six hits, including three homers, which included two walks and one strike.
His first few pitches made it very clear that Gonzales lacked his distinctive command. Not blessed with excessive velocity or stuff, it can lead to outings like this. This was just the second time he failed to pitch in the third inning on a 107 with the Mariners. Second came May 1, 2019 vs White Sox
Facing leadoff hitter Byron Buxton, perhaps the most dangerous hitter in the lineup, Gonzales went ahead on the count. But at 89 mph his 1-2 fastballs that were about to drive and Buxton had enough or not enough in his hands. The supremely talented Buxton somehow kept his hands inside the pitch and took the barrel of his bat at it, sending a line drive into the wall in left field for a leadoff home run.
Even after allowing one back single, Gonzales should have been out of the innings with a run allowed. He lines up Miguel Sano from the left for the second out and looks to be out third when Alex Kiriloff hits a regular ground ball to the right of the infield. But Frazier, who was playing deep on the outfield grass, mishandled regular play for an error, leaving Kirilloff safe and based load first.
They didn’t stay loaded for long. A 2-2 change from Gonzales that was going to be few and far between leaked into the inside of the plate. Gary Sanchez, who had missed a walk-off homer on day one, crushed a mistake in the third deck in left field for the Grand Slam.
Instead of being down 1-0, the Mariners were down 5-0 when the first innings finally ended with all nine Twins hitters stepping to the plate.
The bottom of the second started in the same way as the bottom of the first started with a Buxton homer. Gonzales left a 3-2 curveball in the zone that Buxton entered left field seats for his third homer in two games and a 6-0 twin lead.
Down six runs, the Mariners came back into the game on top of third in the game.
JP Crawford took the lead after scoring a double off Minnesota starter Bailey Ober and scored an RBI single to left by Adam Frazier.
With two out, Mitch Hanniger sent a flyball into the seats of the left field for a three-run homer. Hanniger’s second homer of the season took the lead 6–4.
With the game back in reach and Gonzales not on track to fix his command problems, manager Scott Servais walks into his bullpen using a four member of the 10-person unit who didn’t pitch. Right-hander Matt Festa could not escape the homer barrage in the work of his two innings, delivering a two-out single homer to Max Kepler in the third inning and a singles blast to Jorge Polanco in the fourth.
After Eric Swanson provided 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, Yohan Ramirez entered the game with a dismissal in the sixth inning. He struck Buxton but served a huge single homer for Correa that landed in the third deck in left field and measured 458 feet.