MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Seattle Mariners weren’t able to take the series from one of the best teams in the league, the Minnesota Twins, following yet another bullpen meltdown on Thursday. But, they were able to nab a victory from the 45-win team on Wednesday, thanks in large part to first-year player Shed Long hitting his first career home run.
Long played second base while Dee Gordon was on the inactive list with a wrist injury and Gordon’s return to the lineup hasn’t seen Long hit the bench, but instead moved to the outfield. Long hasn’t had a great year at the plate in his 65 career at bats, batting .232 on the season, but he had himself a day on Wednesday.
Long took Blake Parker’s pitch deep to right field for a 358-foot homer that scored himself, Omar Narvaes and Dee Gordon and saw Parker benched in 0.0 innings. Long scored another run in the tenth inning when he was walked prior a bevy of Twins errors led to three runs by Long Gordon and Mallex Smith and a Mariners win.
The Mariners are 29-43 on the season and 4-4 in their last eight games. They’ll finish their nine-game road trip at Oakland in a three-game series that starts on Friday.