Jul 7, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) walks off the field after striking out Minnesota Twins center fielder Sam Fuld (not pictured) for the final out of the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Hisashi Iwakuma Dominates Twins, Gets Enough Offense


Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 Minnesota Twins as Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders backed him with solo homers, giving the Seattle Mariners a 2-0 win at Safeco Monday night.

After struggling in his last two starts, Iwakuma looked like the 2013 All-Star version scattering four hits and walking none in seven scoreless frames. The Twins have not scored an earned run off Iwakuma in five tries (33 2/3 IP).

Danny Farquhar pitched a perfect 8th and Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect 9th to get his American League-leading 26th save of the season.

The Mariners offense couldn’t do much against Kevin Correia, but a solo homer by Zunino in the 2nd and an insurance solo blast by Saunders in the 7th gave Iwakuma and the bullpen all the support they would need.

After the game, the Mariners designated John Buck for assignment. Chris Young takes the hill for the Mariners on Tuesday against Phil Hughes.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Minnesota

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Brian Dozier2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .234
Eduardo EscobarSS 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .264
Trevor Plouffe3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 .242
Kendrys Morales1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .219
Chris ParmeleePR-1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .260
Josh WillinghamLF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .217
Oswaldo ArciaRF 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .224
Chris ColabelloDH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .241
Sam FuldCF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .238
Eric FryerC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158
Kurt SuzukiPH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .305
Totals 32 0 4 0 0 0 14 0 12
Batting
2B – O Arcia (6, H Iwakuma)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – S Fuld 2
Team LOB – 5

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Michael SaundersRF 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 .266
James JonesCF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .279
Robinson Canó2B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .320
Corey HartDH 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .203
Kyle Seager3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 .271
Logan Morrison1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243
Mike ZuninoC 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .217
Dustin AckleyLF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232
Brad MillerSS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .207
Totals 29 2 5 2 2 3 3 0 11
Batting
HR – M Saunders (6, 7th inning off K Correia 0 on, 2 Out), M Zunino (13, 2nd inning off K Correia 0 on, 1 Out)
RBI – M Saunders (28), M Zunino (34)
2-out RBI – M Saunders
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Jones 1, C Hart 1, K Seager 1
Team LOB – 6
Fielding
E – L Morrison (2, field)
Pitching

Minnesota

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Kevin Correia(L, 4-11) 7.0 5 2 2 3 1 2 1.42 4.79
Brian Duensing 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.28 2.62

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma(W, 7-4) 7.0 4 0 0 0 10 0 1.05 3.07
Danny Farquhar(HLD, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.18 2.61
Fernando Rodney(SV, 26) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.13 2.04
Pitches-strikes – K Correia 102-59; B Duensing 10-7; H Iwakuma 105-72; D Farquhar 11-9; F Rodney 15-10
Ground balls-fly balls – K Correia 9-13; B Duensing 1-0; H Iwakuma 7-5; D Farquhar 1-0; F Rodney 0-1
Batters faced – K Correia 29; B Duensing 3; H Iwakuma 26; D Farquhar 3; F Rodney 3
Game Details
Game Time: 2:34.
Umpires: HP–Lance Barksdale. 1B–Kerwin Danley. 2B–Gabe Morales. 3B–Dale Scott.
Weather: 80 degrees, Clear.
Wind: 3 mph, Left to Right.
Attendance: 18,562.

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