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Jul 8, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Twins first base coach Scott Ullger (45) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Can't Find Answer To Phil Hughes, Twins Blank M's

A night after Hisashi Iwakuma made the Minnesota Twins look like the Bad News Bears, Phil Hughes ducked and dodged his way around eight hits and shut out the Seattle Mariners 2-0 Tuesday night at Safeco Field.

Hughes pitched 7.1 innings scattering the eight hits while walking none and striking out eight, including Mike Zunino three times.

Whereas the bottom of the Mariners order became somewhat of a black hole (0-for-9, 4 K), the bottom three for the Twins (4-for-9, 2 R, 2 BB, HR) were able to get to Seattle starter Chris Young as he was handed his 5th loss on the season – his first at Safeco Field.

The Mariners managed eight hits in the game, but most of them came with two outs in an inning. When the Mariners finally got a leadoff single in the bottom of the 7th, Dustin Ackley grounded into a double play to end that.

Since throwing 28 runs on the board in a three-game sweep in Houston last week, the Mariners have managed just six runs in their last five games and they’re 2-for-36 with runners in scoring position during that stretch, including an 0-for-4 showing on Tuesday.

Game three of the four-game series is tonight at 7:10 PM. Kyle Gibson takes the mound for the Twins against Roenis Elias.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Minnesota

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Brian Dozier2B 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .232
Eduardo Núñez3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .308
Kurt SuzukiC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .300
Kendrys MoralesDH 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .229
Eric FryerPR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158
Josh WillinghamLF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .218
Oswaldo ArciaRF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .219
Chris Colabello1B 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .242
Eduardo EscobarSS 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 .261
Sam FuldCF 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 .253
Totals 32 2 8 2 1 2 7 3 11
Batting
2B – K Morales (6, C Young)
HR – S Fuld (2, 5th inning off C Young 0 on, 2 Out)
SF – B Dozier
RBI – B Dozier (40), S Fuld (14)
2-out RBI – S Fuld
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – E Nunez 1, K Suzuki 1, K Morales 1, O Arcia 1, E Escobar 1
GIDP – O Arcia, E Escobar
Team LOB – 6
Running
SB – E Nunez (3, 2nd base off C Young/M Zunino), S Fuld 2 (10, 2nd base off C Young/M Zunino, 2nd base off Y Medina/M Zunino)
Fielding
DP – 2 (B Dozier-E Escobar-C Colabello, B Dozier-C Colabello)

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Michael SaundersRF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .271
James JonesCF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Robinson Canó2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .319
Kyle Seager3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .271
Logan Morrison1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .243
Corey HartDH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .205
Endy ChávezPR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245
Willie BloomquistPH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Dustin AckleyLF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .229
Mike ZuninoC 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .215
Brad MillerSS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .205
Totals 33 0 8 0 0 0 8 0 9
Batting
2B – L Morrison (5, P Hughes)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 1, D Ackley 1
GIDP – R Cano, D Ackley
Team LOB – 6
Fielding
DP – 2 (R Cano-B Miller-L Morrison, R Cano-B Miller-L Morrison)
Pitching

Minnesota

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Phil Hughes(W, 9-5) 7.1 8 0 0 0 8 0 1.17 3.70
Casey Fien(HLD, 15) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.91 2.41
Glen Perkins(SV, 21) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.07 3.13

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Chris Young(L, 8-5) 7.0 6 2 2 1 6 1 1.10 3.08
Yoervis Medina 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.06 2.25
Joe Beimel 1.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1.23 1.30
IBB – C Colabello (by J Beimel)
Pitches-strikes – P Hughes 94-71; C Fien 2-2; G Perkins 7-6; C Young 102-70; Y Medina 14-9; J Beimel 16-9
Ground balls-fly balls – P Hughes 6-7; C Fien 1-0; G Perkins 1-2; C Young 3-14; Y Medina 2-0; J Beimel 1-0
Batters faced – P Hughes 29; C Fien 1; G Perkins 3; C Young 27; Y Medina 3; J Beimel 5
Game Details
Game Time: 2:34.
Umpires: HP–Kerwin Danley. 1B–Gabe Morales. 2B–Dale Scott. 3B–Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 83 degrees, Clear.
Wind: 1 mph, In From Center.
Attendance: 15,553.

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