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Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.
Iwakuma struck out three and walked two in the contest. Gary Sanchez burned him for a solo home run in the first inning (Gary Sanchez does that to people), while a Tyler Austin RBI single in the second and a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly in the fourth completed the scoring on his line. This is just what Iwakuma does. He has allowed more than three runs just twice in his last 10 starts. The veteran right-hander will carry a 3.81 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 118/36 K/BB ratio (163 innings) into a road date with the Rangers next time he toes the rubber. Aug 24 - 8:36 PM

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Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well in Thursday's loss to the Angels, yielding three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings.

Iwakuma struck out just two on the evening, but he was otherwise rock-solid in the losing effort. Kyle Seager's fielding error in the first inning allowed one run to score. An RBI single by Andrelton Simmons would follow a short while later. The final run on Iwakuma's line scored when Jett Bandy socked a solo home run in the fifth inning. The veteran Iwakuma has pitched to a 3.78 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 115/34 K/BB ratio across 157 innings this season. A home start against the Yankees shows next on his schedule.
Aug 19 - 1:10 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings and was credited with a win as the Mariners beat the Athletics 4-3 on Saturday.

He allowed nine hits and fanned two without walking anybody. He was pulled after throwing 94 pitches. He left the game with a one-run lead that his bullpen was able to protect the rest of the evening. The win moves him to 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 24 starts. He has a juicy matchup with the Angels on tap next.
Aug 14 - 1:46 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out eight over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Tigers on Monday.

Victor Martinez almost spoiled the shutout bid in the ninth, but he came up just a tad short on his fly to the wall in right off Edwin Diaz. Iwakuma has pitched 15 1/3 scoreless innings his last two times out. His ERA is lower now (3.79) than it's been at any point since early April.
Aug 9 - 1:02 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma blanked the Red Sox for 7 1/3 innings and struck out seven in earning his 12th win Wednesday.

All five hits Iwakuma allowed were singles. He wasn't far off from taking a no-decision after Xander Bogaerts's bid for a game-tying three-run homer off Drew Storen in the eighth died at the wall, but he was pretty great in shutting down a strong offense tonight.
Aug 4 - 1:12 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was throttled in a loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon, giving up five runs on eight hits in just three innings of work.

Iwakuma walked one and struck out two in the ballgame. The Cubs jumped on him early in this one, scratching out three runs in the second inning and adding another pair in the third on a two-run blast from Jason Heyward. He'll carry a 4.21 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Red Sox.
Jul 29 - 6:55 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma was staked to a huge lead early on Saturday and cruised through six innings of two-run ball in an easy victory over the Blue Jays.

The Mariners provided him with 11 runs of support in the ballgame, making it so all Iwakuma had to do was throw strikes and avoid any major rallies against him. All told, he surrendered just four hits and three walks while striking out three. Now 11-6 on the season, he'll carry a 3.96 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma tossed seven shutout innings Saturday, striking out eight, in a 1-0 win over the Astros.

Iwakuma gave up two hits and a walk over his seven innings, needing just 90 pitches to get there. The win was his fourth in a row and his 10th overall. The right-hander has a 4.01 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 19 starts overall, and he'll try to make it a fifth straight win Friday at the Blue Jays.
Jul 16 - 10:18 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in defeating the Royals on Friday.

It's just the second time this year that Iwakuma has allowed one or no runs in a start. He's kept the Mariners in games practically every time he's pitched (he's never allowed more than five runs and his shortest outing was 4 2/3 innings), but he's not the Iwakuma of old. He heads into the break 9-6 with a 4.25 ERA.
Jul 8 - 11:26 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in a win over the Orioles.

Iwakuma was pounded for 10 hits, but he didn't issue any walks and the Seattle offense exploded for nine runs in the victory. Iwakuma picked up his eighth win of 2016, but he currently holds an underwhelming 4.43 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 107 2/3 total innings. Up next is a road start against the Royals.
Jul 3 - 7:15 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Pirates, yielding two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Nice rebound outing for Iwakuma, who surrendered five runs in his last start. He found much smoother sailing on Tuesday. For the season, the veteran right-hander owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He will face off with the Orioles in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:23 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma was charged with five earned runs across 4 2/3 innings in a loss on Wednesday, allowing 11 base hits including three home runs.

He struck out five and walked three. Iwakuma was actually lucky to escape with "only" five runs considering he allowed 14 baserunners. All three homers came with the bases empty. Iwakuma's ERA rises to 4.45 while his record falls to 6-6. He is lined up for two starts next week, facing the Pirates and the Orioles.
Jun 22 - 10:28 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma earned his sixth victory of the season on Friday, giving up four runs on nine hits over seven frames against the Red Sox.

Iwakuma walked one and struck out four on the evening. His club provided him with plenty of early runs in this one and all he needed to do was cruise along and throw strikes. David Ortiz tagged him for a two-run homer in the fourth inning and the Red Sox scratched out another pair in the seventh against him. He'll carry a 4.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Tigers in Detroit.
Jun 17 - 10:20 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma yielded three runs -- all coming on solo homers -- in seven innings in a win over the Rangers on Friday.

There have been eight occasions this season in which a pitcher has given up three homers and won. Iwakuma is responsible for two of those; he allowed three homers and four runs over seven innings against the Padres on May 31. In all, Iwakuma has allowed 13 homers in 83 2/3 innings, which puts him at the highest rate of his career. He still has some mixed league value, but not as much as he used to.
Jun 11 - 1:44 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma took a loss Sunday despite allowing just one earned run over seven innings against the Rangers.

Texas scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning -- a messy frame all around for the visiting M's. Luis Sardinas and Stefen Romero committed errors within a few plays of each other, and they both led to runs for the home team. Iwakuma yielded just four official hits and one walk while striking out seven. He'll hope for better support next time out in a rematch with the Rangers.
Jun 5 - 5:44 PM

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