Twins Flashback: Seattle Sinks, Casilla Delivers Finishing Blow in Walk-Off Win (4/7/2009)
Twins 6, Seattle 5 | Box Score
Blackburn: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Home Runs: None
Multi-Hit Games: Span (3-for-5), Cuddyer (2-for-4)
Top 3 WPA: Casilla .529, Span .214, Guerrier .114
Chart via FanGraphs
After retiring the first two batters of the bottom of the ninth inning, it appeared Brandon Morrow was going to close out a 5-3 Seattle victory. Instead, he lost his command.
Morrow walked Carlos Gomez, Jason Kubel and Brian Buscher to load the bases before being removed from the game. Denard Span kept the rally rolling with a run-scoring infield single before Casilla finished it off with a two-run single to center field to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Mariners bullpen had retired 11 batters in a row prior to Morrow issuing the ninth-inning walks.
“It felt like we beat the White Sox,” Denard Span joked with reporters, alluding to Game 163 the prior season. “I was expecting champagne to be in the air when I got in the clubhouse, but it was only the first one of the season.”
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