Pat Dean vs. Felix Hernandez did not inspire confidence on a late Friday night. Nor should it have, but not in the way you'd think.
The worst team in baseball got to Hernandez early, Dean was ruthlessly competent, and the Twins cruised to a rare, easy, 7-2 victory in Seattle.
The usual bullshit seemed to be in effect early, as Franklin Gutierrez belted a sweet solo dong in the first to give the Mariners the lead.
But Miguel Sano countered in the top of the next inning, with a frankly delightful moon shot to tie the game. And the Twins were not done, somehow.
The third inning saw Minnesota take full advantage of an off-night for one of the league's very best, putting five runs across the plate. Key events:
- Run-scoring Brian Dozier double.
- Joe Mauer RBI single.
- All-Star-to-be Robbie Grossman's 2-run ground-rule double.
- Weird ball that Byung Ho Park hit off his foot that the umpire incorrectly said was a live ball that scored an alert Trevor Plouffe from third.
- Pat Dean! He beat Felix Hernandez! First MLB win! Holy butts!
- Miguel Sano. He hit a dinger, and was close to a second.
- Joe Mauer. He followed up his RBI single with an oppo solo dong in the seventh.
- Felix Hernandez. Dude, the Twins ran you.
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