After giving up a two-run home run in the top of the first tonight, it looked like it would be a hard battle tonight for Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins. Luckily, the Mariners pitchers apparently suck and the Twins hitters rule.
Brian Dozier quickly answered back to the Mariners with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first inning, passing Danny Gladden for third on the Twins all-time lead-off home run list. Brian Dozier specifically pointed at Gladden up in the radio booth as he passed home plate, but apparently Danny had his back turned and was sobbing.
It didn't stop at Dozier. Aaron Hicks singled, Miguel Sano reached base on a throwing error, and Hunter singled to score Hicks. Then Eddie Rosario homered to put the Twins up 5-2.
The rest of the game basically followed the same pattern: Mariners would score a couple trying to catch up, and then get hammered by the Twins. Besides Dozier and Rosario, Aaron Hicks also hit a home run in the bottom of the second, continuing his amazing hot streak. Rosario, obviously, also hit a double and a triple to put him just a single away from the cycle, which he would have gotten on a hit that Brad Miller robbed from him with a spectacular play. Alas...
- At one point in the 7th inning, the Mariners intentionally walked Aaron Hicks to get to Joe Mauer.
- After the Mariners intentionally walked Hicks to get to Mauer, Mauer hit an RBI single.
- Phil Hughes allowed 5 runs on 10 hits, and arm-chair mangers all over Twitter who once championed the Hughes contract extension are now calling the Twins out for making such a bad extension. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯