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

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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

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Brian Dozier2B300100101.232
Eduardo Núñez3B401000111.308
Kurt SuzukiC400000002.300
Kendrys MoralesDH402000001.229
Eric FryerPR-DH000000000.158
Josh WillinghamLF401000201.218
Oswaldo ArciaRF400000102.219
Chris Colabello1B301001100.242
Eduardo EscobarSS310001103.261
Sam FuldCF313110020.253
Totals32282127311

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

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Michael SaundersRF402000100.271
James JonesCF402000000.283
Robinson Canó2B401000004.319
Kyle Seager3B401000101.271
Logan Morrison1B401000201.243
Corey HartDH301000001.205
Endy ChávezPR-DH000000000.245
Willie BloomquistPH-DH100000000.268
Dustin AckleyLF300000102.229
Mike ZuninoC300000300.215
Brad MillerSS300000000.205
Totals3308000809

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

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Phil Hughes(W, 9-5)7.18000801.173.70
Casey Fien(HLD, 15)0.20000000.912.41
Glen Perkins(SV, 21)1.00000001.073.13

Seattle

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Chris Young(L, 8-5)7.06221611.103.08
Yoervis Medina1.00000001.062.25
Joe Beimel1.02001101.231.30

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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