Phil Hughes was awesome. 8 innings, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks (natch), but two solo home runs as all King Felix needed as the Seattle Mariners beat the Twins 2-0 in a game played in a little over two hours.
Hernadez was dominant early, taking a perfect game into the 5th inning before Trevor Plouffe hit a solid single. The Twins made some waves in the later innings of the game but could not plate the run. The best chance was in the 6th. Suzuki reached 2nd on a hit/error combo. Moved over to 3rd on an infield single by Jordan Schafer (he made one bunt attempt but whiffed), but Hernandez slammed the door.
One is supposed to cheer for the home team, and perhaps I am underselling how awesome Phil Hughes pitched tonight, but I appreciate good baseball and watching King Felix is pretty darned good. I dont have a MLB package and the Mariners are never on national TV, so I dont get to watch him as often as I would like. Perhaps the M's will be half way good this year and get some national love.
- Phil Hughes has 2 complete games as a Twin. Both are 8 inning losses.
-This is Hughes' 4th career complete game. His first complete game was a shutout. But only 6 innings in a rain shortened game.
-Other pitchers with 2 CGs as a Twin: Brian Duensing, LaTroy Hawkins, Livan Hernandez, Les Straker, Luis Tiant, Bill Campbell, and more.
-Schafer's 6th inning infield single broke a 0-21 slump. Perhaps his time as a Twin is done at the end of April.
-This was Hernadez's 24th career complete game and 10th shutout. CC Sabathia lead active players with 38 CGs and Tim Hudson leads with 13 SHO
-The Twins had 5 hits, all singles. This is the third time this year they have been extra baseless.
-The is the third time the Twins have been shutout. The first two happened in Detroit in games 1 and 2.