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.
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
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)
DP – 2 (B Dozier-E Escobar-C Colabello, B Dozier-C Colabello)
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
DP – 2 (R Cano-B Miller-L Morrison, R Cano-B Miller-L Morrison)
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 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.