Recap: The Mariners came away with an 8-2 win over the Twins behind solid pitching from Hisashi Iwakuma and some very hot bats. Seattle jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the 2nd inning going through the rotation while racking up 7 hits and 6 runs. The Twins got two scrap runs off Oliver Perez in the top of the 9th inning.
Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits, walking one and striking out 9. Danny Farquhar came on in relief in the 7th and pitched 2 solid innings, giving up only one hit and striking out three.
Twins starting pitcher Kevin Correia only last 1 and two-thirds innings, giving up 7 hits and 6 runs in his brief outing. The Twins went five pitchers and gave up 10 runs to the Mariners.
Turning Point: The turning point in the game came in the 2nd inning when the Mariners offense exploded for 7 hits and 6 runs. Kyle Seager started things off with a double and everyone managed a hit except Michael Saunders and Raul Ibanez. Nick Franklin broke things wide open with a 3 run home run.
Player of the game: Co-winners tonight as Dustin Ackley went 3 for 4 tonight managing two doubles and two RBI. Nick Franklin had 3 RBI for the Mariners off his home run in the 2nd. Honorable mention has to go to Iwakuma.
Next Up: The Mariners and Twins face off in game two of the series Friday night at 7:10. It’s Happy Felix Day as Hernandez (11-4, 2.43 ERA)takes the mound for the Mariners going up against Twins pitcher Scott Diamond (5-9, 5.53 ERA).
Notes: Catcher, Mike Zunino left the game in the 5th inning after getting hit on the wrist by a foul tip. Zunino said his wrist felt ok and had the game been closer, he would have stayed in. Since the Mariners had such an advantage, they pulled him so he could get checked out and receive treatment. His x-rays came back negative and he will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
3rd baseman, Kyle Seager had two errors tonight, just his 2nd career game with as many as the Mariners tied a season high with three team errors.