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.




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Dustin AckleyLF311002110.253
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Yoervis MedinaP000000000.000
Fernando RodneyP000000000.000
Robinson Canó2B411100112.328
Kyle Seager3B511110305.276
Logan Morrison1B311101000.235
Endy ChávezRF400000000.270
Mike ZuninoC302200100.210
Brad MillerSS300001103.199
Hisashi IwakumaP300000201.000
Chris DenorfiaPH-LF100000100.242


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


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)


Ben RevereCF400000101.313
Jimmy RollinsSS301001100.236
Chase Utley2B410000002.284
Ryan Howard1B401000202.221
Marlon ByrdRF411000301.270
Domonic BrownLF401100201.226
Carlos RuizC301000100.259
Cody Asche3B401000103.251
A.J. BurnettP200000101.140
Mario HollandsP000000000.000
Grady SizemorePH100000100.294
César JiménezP000000000.000


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



Hisashi Iwakuma(W, 12-6)8.040001100.952.57
Charlie Furbush0.20111101.253.82
Yoervis Medina0.02110001.182.34
Fernando Rodney(SV, 36)0.10000101.232.28


A.J. Burnett(L, 6-14)7.26554911.414.42
Mario Hollands0.10000001.364.20
César Jiménez1.01001201.180.00

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.