MINNESOTA TWINS (6-9) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (6-9)
Friday, April 24, 2015 · Safeco Field
|First Pitch: 7:10 pm||Time of Game: 2:03||Temp: 54º/None||Attendance: 25, 215|
WP: Felix HERNANDEZ (3-0, 1.61) LP: Phil HUGHES (0-4, 4.39)
- The Mariners recorded their first shutout victory of the season (last: 8/26/14 vs. TEX)…also marked the club’s 31st shutout vs. the Twins in franchise history (last: 7/7/14 vs. MIN).
- Felix Hernandez recorded his 24th career complete game and 11th career shutout (last: 8/27/12 at MIN).
o The shutout moves him into sole possession of 2nd place in Mariners record books for career shutouts (Randy Johnson holds record with 19).
- Felix Hernandez struck out the first 4 batters he faced tonight, and the last 4 batters he faced in his last start April 18 vs the Rangers…according to STATS INC, here is the last time that has happened:
o Last MLB pitcher – Jacob deGrom from September 9-15, 2014 (final batter on 9/9, first 8 on 9/15)
o Last Seattle Pitcher – Arthur Rhodes from May 4-8, 2002 (8 straight)
o Last Seattle Starter – Mark Langston from September 22-28, 1986 (8 straight).
- Hernandez has 6 straight starts of at least 8.0 innings with fewer than 2 runs allowed against the Twins…the last pitcher to accomplish that against an opponent was Javier Vazquez against the Padres (8/17/01-7/14/05).
o Hernandez improves to 8-5 with a 1.93 ERA (26 ER, 121.1 IP) in 17 career starts against Minnesota…is 4-0 with a 0.63 ERA (3 ER, 43.0 IP) in his last 5 starts against the Twins (05/05/12-current).
- Robinson Canó extended his hitting streak to 10 games…since April 13, he is batting .390 (16×41) with 7 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBI and 3 walks.
o It marks Canó’s 26th career hit streak of 10+ games or more.
o Canó had 2 hitting streaks of at least 10 games in 2014: 10, July 29-Aug. 8 and 10, June 2-12.
- Nelson Cruz hit his Major League leading 9th home run of the season to lead off the 2nd inning…the home run measured 459-feet according to data from MLB’s StatCast.
o Cruz’ 9 home runs in the opening month of a season are T3rd in franchise history behind Ken Griffey Jr’s 13 in 1997 and 11 in 1998.
o Cruz has driven in a run in 9 of his past 12 games and also leads the majors with 18 RBI.
o After starting the season 1-for-15, Cruz has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games (since April 11 @ OAK) and is batting .408 (20×49) with 11 runs scored, 1 double, 9 home runs, 18 RBI and 4 walks.
- Logan Morrison hit his first home run of the season with a solo blast in the 5th inning (last: 9/25/14 at TOR).
- Brad Miller extended his hitting streak to 7 games, batting .476 (10×21) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 1 walk and 1 stolen base.
- The Mariners have hit 21 home runs this season, 4th most in the majors…30 of 60 runs scored have come via the home run.
- The Twins were shutout for the 3rd time this season (last: 4/8 at DET).
- Phil Hughes tossed his 4th career complete game (last: 6/17/14 at BOS).
- Hughes recorded his first career loss at Safeco Field…he is 6-5 with a 3.08 ERA (22 ER, 64.1 IP) in 13 games/12 starts vs. the Mariners in his career, including going 5-1 with a 0.96 ERA (4 ER, 37.1 IP) in 5 career starts at Safeco Field.
- Hughes allowed a solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the 2nd innings…it marked the first run Hughes has allowed vs. the Mariners in 15.1 consecutive innings (6/6/12-4/24/15).
- Hughes did not allow a walk in 8.0 innings…marked his 32nd career start tossing at least 5.0 innings and walking 0…Hughes has allowed only 2 walks in 26.2 innings this season.
- Trevor Plouffe extended his hitting streak to 6 games, batting .435 (10×23) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBI and 2 walks.
- Jordan Schafer singled in the 5th inning, snapping a string of 21 consecutive at-bats without a hit.