Mariners Game Recap: King Felix Rules
Apr 24, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (right) hugs first baseman Logan Morrison (20) after recording the final out of a complete-game shutout against the Minnesota Twins at Safeco Field. Seattle won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Mariners (7-9) came out on top in the series opener with the Minnesota Twins (6-10) on Friday night at Safeco Field. Felix Hernandez (3-0, 1.61 ERA) was flawless tonight, hurling a complete game shutout for his 3rd victory of the season. Phil Hughes (0-4, 4.39 ERA) was nearly as dominant, but a pair of solo home runs proved costly for the veteran right-hander.
Tonight’s game was a pitchers duel of the finest standards, however Seattle fired the opening salvo in the bottom of the 2nd inning. No one has had a hotter start to the 2015 season than Nelson Cruz, and he absolutely demolished a Phil Hughes offering leading off the frame. Cruz truly boomsticked this one, as it landed about half way up the second deck in left field. Cruz’s blast gave the M’s an early 1-0 lead, and proved to ultimately be the winning run.
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The game was relatively uneventful during the next couple innings, but the Mariners doubled their lead in the home half of the 5th inning. If there was ever a player “due” for a big hit it was Logan Morrison, and he was responsible for providing the M’s insurance run. LoMo led off the 5th inning by depositing a Phil Hughes’ fastball into the seats out in right-center field. It was Morrison’s first round tripper of the campaign, and it gave Seattle a commanding 2-0 lead after 5 innings.
Thanks to the superb outing from King Felix, 2 runs proved more than enough to secure a Mariners’ victory. The full box score can be found here.
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