Aug 19, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) pitches during the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Hisashi Iwakuma Tosses A Gem, Mariners Down Phillies

Just what the doctor ordered.

A night after being stymied by Jerome Williams, the Mariners jumped on A.J. Burnett often and were backed by arguably the best start of the season by Hisashi Iwakuma. The offense staked ‘Kuma to a 2-0 lead before he took the mound and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Iwakuma (12-6) went 8 IP striking out 11 while allowing only four hits and no walks. Charlie Furbush got two outs in the 9th before being replaced by Yoervis Medina, who got in a bit of trouble.

With a runner at 1st and two down, Medina gave up a single to Marlon Byrd. After Byrd took 2nd uncontested, Medina uncorked a wild pitch to score Chase Utley from 3rd. Domonic Brown then doubled to score Byrd and Medina hit Carlos Ruiz.

Manager Lloyd McClendon had seen enough, and brought in Fernando Rodney who struck out Cody Asche to finally end it.

The Mariners got on the board early with Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley leading off against Burnett with back-to-back walks. Then, with Robinson Cano batting, Jackson and Ackley initiated a double steal putting them at 2nd and 3rd with no one out.

Cano then grounded out to second, but it allowed Jackson to score and moved Ackley to 3rd. After Kyle Seager struck out, Logan Morrison singled to score Ackley and the M’s had a 2-0 lead

Kyle Seager added a solo homer in the 6th, which proved to be the game-winner. Mike Zunino singled in two in the 8th for more cushion.

It wasn’t an outstanding performance offensively, as the Mariners were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. This could have been a blowout. However, the win only kept the M’s tied with the Tigers for the 2nd wild-card spot.

The M’s sit 6.5 games back of the Angels and 6 back of the A’s in the AL West.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Austin JacksonCF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 .266
Dustin AckleyLF 3 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 .253
Charlie FurbushP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Yoervis MedinaP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Fernando RodneyP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Robinson Canó2B 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 .328
Kyle Seager3B 5 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 5 .276
Logan Morrison1B 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .235
Endy ChávezRF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Mike ZuninoC 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 .210
Brad MillerSS 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 .199
Hisashi IwakumaP 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .000
Chris DenorfiaPH-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .242
Totals 33 5 7 5 1 5 11 4 11
Batting
2B – A Jackson (28, A Burnett); D Ackley (25, A Burnett)
HR – K Seager (19, 6th inning off A Burnett 0 on, 0 Out)
RBI – R Cano (69), K Seager (78), L Morrison (25), M Zunino 2 (47)
2-out RBI – L Morrison, M Zunino 2
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 1, K Seager 2
Team LOB – 8
Running
SB – A Jackson 2 (13, 2nd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz, 3rd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz), D Ackley (7, 2nd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz), R Cano (10, 2nd base off A Burnett/C Ruiz)
CS – L Morrison (2, 2nd base by A Burnett/C Ruiz)

Philadelphia

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Ben RevereCF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .313
Jimmy RollinsSS 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .236
Chase Utley2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .284
Ryan Howard1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .221
Marlon ByrdRF 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 .270
Domonic BrownLF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 .226
Carlos RuizC 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .259
Cody Asche3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .251
A.J. BurnettP 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .140
Mario HollandsP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Grady SizemorePH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .294
César JiménezP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 2 6 1 0 1 13 0 11
Batting
2B – R Howard (14, H Iwakuma); D Brown (19, Y Medina)
RBI – D Brown (54)
2-out RBI – D Brown
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Brown 1, C Asche 1
Team LOB – 6

Pitching

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma(W, 12-6) 8.0 4 0 0 0 11 0 0.95 2.57
Charlie Furbush 0.2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1.25 3.82
Yoervis Medina 0.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.18 2.34
Fernando Rodney(SV, 36) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.23 2.28

Philadelphia

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
A.J. Burnett(L, 6-14) 7.2 6 5 5 4 9 1 1.41 4.42
Mario Hollands 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.36 4.20
César Jiménez 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.18 0.00
WP – Y Medina
HBP – C Ruiz (by Y Medina); R Cano (by A Burnett); M Zunino (by A Burnett)
Pitches-strikes – C Furbush 15-10; Y Medina 11-6; F Rodney 5-3; H Iwakuma 96-74; A Burnett 125-72; M Hollands 1-1; C Jimenez 27-16
Ground balls-fly balls – C Furbush 1-0; Y Medina 1-0; F Rodney 0-0; H Iwakuma 9-5; A Burnett 12-4; M Hollands 1-0; C Jimenez 2-0
Batters faced – C Furbush 3; Y Medina 3; F Rodney 1; H Iwakuma 28; A Burnett 34; M Hollands 1; C Jimenez 5
Game Details
Game Time: 3:06.
Umpires: HP–Kerwin Danley. 1B–Ron Kulpa. 2B–Mark Ripperger. 3B–Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 82 degrees, Cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to Left.
Attendance: 31,592.
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