Twins Vs. Mariners: Light-Hitting Minnesota Drops 3-Game Series

The Twins moved to 7-20 on the season after Sunday's 5-2 loss to Seattle.

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Twins Vs. Mariners Final Score: Minnesota Flattened Again In 5-2 Loss

The Minnesota Twins continued their ice-cold tendencies at the plate in 2012, and fell to Seattle 5-2 on Sunday to drop the three-game series and move to a frustrating 7-20 on the year.

Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn was roughed up for three early runs, but settled down and managed to stay in the game through the sixth inning. Blackburn gave up seven hits and five earned, but did so on a day when his offense failed to produce anything tangible for him to work with.

Designated hitter Ryan Doumit provided the lone bright spots of the day for the Twins with a pair of solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings to erase the shutout. Doumit, who finished 3-for-3 in the game, recorded more than half of the Twins' five hits on his own, a scenario that offers yet another reminder of how far this Minnesota team has fallen.

Next up for the Twins is an unfortunate date with Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. Weaver, who no-hit the Twins on May 2nd, will face a comparably-weak lineup when he toes the rubber to open the three-game series.

For more on the Twins, head over to Twinkie Town. For more on the Mariners, check out Lookout Landing. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to visit Baseball Nation.

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Twins Vs. Mariners Final Score: Minnesota Stifled By Seattle Ace Felix Hernandez In 7-0 Defeat

So apparently it's going to be one of those seasons. Days after being no-hit by the Angels' Jered Weaver, the Minnesota Twins once again allowed an elite pitcher to pad his resume in yet another abysmal loss. This time, however, it was Seattle All-Star Felix Hernandez, a man widely regarded as one of the best pure pitchers in baseball, who made the Minnesota lineup look like a bunch of little leaguers.

Right away it was almost as if Hernandez picked up right where Weaver left off, as the crafty righthander struck out nine, walked just two, and yielded exactly one hit to cruise through eight full innings. The win moved Hernandez to 3-1 on the year and lowered his season ERA to a sparkling 1.89, but raised serious questions about Minnesota's light-hitting lineup going forward.

For the Twins, this is yet another bitter pill to swallow. Being no-hit by one of the sport's best pitchers on any given day could be chalked up to circumstance, but a near repeat performance less than a week later is a clear-cut sign of a problem. Now in a massive hole at 7-19 on the year, the Twins find themselves stuck in a precarious position in just the second month of the season, which is never a good sign.

Minnesota hitters will hope to wake up from the plate in Sunday's series finale, as the Twins will send an 0-3 Nick Blackburn to the hill for a chance to steal the three-game set.

For more on the Twins, head over to Twinkie Town. For more on the Mariners, check out Lookout Landing. And for more MLB news and analysis, be sure to visit Baseball Nation.

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