MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins thought they lucked out by not having to face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in this weekend's three-game series.
It turns out Hernandez may have been a welcomed sight at Target Field.
Instead, the Twins were shut down by Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma. The 32-year-old right-hander blanked Minnesota for 7 23 innings as the Mariners won Friday's series opener 3-0.
"Their guy was pretty good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Iwakuma. "There's a lot of movement. You talk to hitters, his ball disappears. He's got a great splitter and his fastball, he can locate it in and out."
It wasn't the first time Iwakuma has had Minnesota's number. Friday marked the third time he's faced the Twins in his two seasons with the Mariners. He entered Friday's start having gone 2-0 in those two starts during the 2012 season. He also had not allowed an earned run in 13 innings while strikeout out 10 and walking five.
Friday Iwakuma extended his streak against the Twins ...