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.




Brian Dozier2B401000300.234
Eduardo EscobarSS400000201.264
Trevor Plouffe3B400000301.242
Kendrys Morales1B301000001.219
Chris ParmeleePR-1B100000100.260
Josh WillinghamLF400000102.217
Oswaldo ArciaRF302000101.224
Chris ColabelloDH300000203.241
Sam FuldCF300000103.238
Eric FryerC200000000.158
Kurt SuzukiPH-C100000000.305


2B – O Arcia (6, H Iwakuma)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – S Fuld 2

Team LOB – 5


Michael SaundersRF311111002.266
James JonesCF401000003.279
Robinson Canó2B301001000.320
Corey HartDH400000104.203
Kyle Seager3B400000202.271
Logan Morrison1B300000000.243
Mike ZuninoC311110000.217
Dustin AckleyLF301000000.232
Brad MillerSS200001000.207


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


E – L Morrison (2, field)



Kevin Correia(L, 4-11)7.05223121.424.79
Brian Duensing1.00000201.282.62


Hisashi Iwakuma(W, 7-4)7.040001001.053.07
Danny Farquhar(HLD, 9)1.00000201.182.61
Fernando Rodney(SV, 26)1.00000201.132.04

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.