Once we got past the 5th inning, this game was just awful. The first half was owned by starting pitchers Jason Marquis and Felix Hernandez, though they were doing it in opposite fashions. Hernandez was mowing down Twins left and right, while Marquis flirted with danger for much of the game.
Thanks to a rather tight strike zone and iffy command, Marquis walked 6 batters and struck out only 1. However, home plate umpire Laz Diaz shouldn't take too much of the blame, as Hernandez certainly had very few issues with the zone, walking only 2 while striking out 9. The lone baserunners for the Twins game on a lazy groundball single for Denard Span into right field, and two walks from Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit.
The game stayed scoreless until the 6th inning, when with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two away, Kyle Seager hit a 2-run single to center field off Marquis. With someone as dominant as Hernandez, that was certainly enough, though the Mariners tacked on 5 more in the 7th inning off Anthony Swarzak, Matt Maloney, and Jeff Gray. Meanwhile, Hernandez kept on trucking, finally giving way to Steve Delabar in the 9th inning.
No one. This game was a flaming pile of crap. #CrankyBryz
Everyone except for Alex Burnett.