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Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Hisashi Iwakuma lasted just 2 1/3 innings on Sunday, allowing five runs on six hits in a no-decision against the Red Sox.
After being staked to a three-run lead to open the game, Iwakuma proceeded to give up an RBI single to Yoenis Cespedes and an RBI double to Will Middlebrooks. Two more runs in the third inning ended Iwakuma's day. It was just an off day for the right-hander, who hadn't allowed more than two runs in any of his previous five starts. In fact, he'd allowed just four runs combined in those last five starts. He'll likely be better Saturday in an interleague matchup with the Nationals. Aug 24 - 5:57 PM

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Hisashi Iwakuma had his way with the Phillies on Tuesday, striking out 11 in eight scoreless innings.

Iwakuma was the first Mariners pitcher to go eight innings, strike out 10 and allow no runs since Aaron Harang last June. What? You were expecting someone different? Iwakuma has won three straight starts, and it really should have been five straight, if not for him coming out on the wrong end in a 1-0 game. He's 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA.
Aug 19 - 10:58 PM

The Mariners have adjusted their rotation so that Hisashi Iwakuma will start Sunday against the Red Sox.

The Mariners will give Roenis Elias extra rest after his start Monday, so Iwakuma now has a two-start week. He's also pitching against the Phillies on Tuesday. Both are excellent matchups.
Aug 18 - 5:17 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out five Blue Jays in firing 6 2/3 shutout innings in Wednesday's 2-0 win.

Iwakuma scattered five hits and walked one. He's on some kind of heater, coming into this gem with a 1.66 ERA in his last three starts. About the only nit to pick here is that his streak of seven completed innings ends at seven straight starts. Iwakuma improves to 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA and 109/12 K/BB rate over 139 innings. Iwakuma will bring his bat to Philadelphia for a start next week.
Aug 14 - 12:58 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven innings of one-run ball Friday as the Mariners beat the White Sox.

Dayan Viciedo's fourth-inning homer was the only damage. It's the seventh time in eight starts that Iwakuma has allowed two runs or fewer. He currently has 10 wins and just 11 walks through 19 starts.
Aug 9 - 1:21 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed only a solo home run over 7 2/3 innings but suffered the loss against the Orioles on Sunday.

Nick Markakis led off the game with a blast, but Iwakuma allowed just four hits and two walks over the rest of his time. The right-hander struck out seven in the outing. The loss dropped him to 9-6, but Iwakuma has a 2.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 101/11 K/BB ratio through 18 starts. The 33-year-old will look for a better outcome Saturday against the White Sox.
Aug 3 - 6:02 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma improved to 9-5 after holding the Indians to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win.

Iwakuma won for the first time in more than two weeks, a long overdue achievement. The right-hander held the Indians to six hits and a walk while striking out six. He rounds out the month of July with a strong 2.32 ERA. Overall, he has a 3.06 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and a 94/9 K/BB ratio. Iwakuma will wrap up the Mariners' road trip on Sunday when he takes on the Orioles.
Jul 29 - 10:57 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four runs on seven hits over seven innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

Iwakuma struck out five and walked none. The Japanese left-hander was lit up for 10 runs over nine innings (10.00 ERA) over his last two starts of June, but he'd given up only five runs total over his four subsequent starts entering tonight's mediocre showing. In truth, he was great for six shutout innings and awful in a four-run third inning capped by a three-run Delmon Young homer. Iwakuma will take an 8-5 record and 3.09 ERA into a date in Cleveland next week.
Jul 25 - 12:57 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma has had his next start pushed back to Thursday against the Orioles.

Iwakuma was previously scheduled to start Wednesday vs. the Mets, but the Mariners have decided to push him back a day. Wednesday's starter hasn't been announced, but Taijuan Walker is a possibility.
Jul 21 - 5:54 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma just missed out on a shutout Saturday, allowing two runs over 8 2/3 innings in a win over the A's.

Brandon Moss homered with two outs in the ninth to knock Iwakuma out of the game, denying him not only his first shutout, but actually his first career complete game. After struggling at the end of June, Iwakuma has allowed just three runs over 21 2/3 innings in winning his first three starts of July. He's struck out 25 and walked none during that span. Overall, he has an 80/8 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings.
Jul 13 - 1:01 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out 10 Twins in firing seven shutout innings in Monday's 2-0 win.

Iwakuma scattered four hits and walked none. The Japanese right-hander loves seeing Minnesota on the schedule. He's now surrendered only two unearned runs over 33 2/3 career innings against the Twins, going 5-0 in five starts. He improves to 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72/8 K/BB ratio over 88 innings. Iwakuma welcomes the A's to the Northwest on Sunday.
Jul 8 - 12:49 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma held the Astros to one run on seven hits over six innings in Tuesday's win.

It wasn't much of a contest, as the Mariners put up 13 runs on Jarred Cosart and the Astros staff, but it doesn't take away from Iwakuma's night. The right-hander didn't walk a batter while striking out seven, posting a strong start after two clunkers his last two times out. The win moved him to 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 62/8 K/BB ratio over 81 innings. He'll take on the Twins and A's at home in a two-start week next week.
Jul 1 - 11:53 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma was lit up for five runs on eight hits over just four innings in a loss against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said yesterday that Iwakuma's stiff neck was still "not 100 percent," but he sent the veteran out there anyway to struggle for 80 pitches. The Japanese left-hander has given up 10 runs over nine innings (10.00 ERA) over his last two starts. Seattle may decide to give him the next two weeks off and ring up a disabled list visit. If they toss him out there again, Iwakuma will at least have a manageable matchup versus Houston.
Jun 26 - 12:53 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Hisashi Iwakuma's stiff neck is still "not 100 percent."

However, Iwakuma remains scheduled to start Wednesday and the skipper doesn't think the ailment will be an issue. "He’s getting better," McClendon said. "He’s not 100 percent, but did it affect him (in Kansas City)? No. He just left a couple of pitches up." Iwakuma boasts a 3.04 ERA on the season.
Jun 25 - 10:37 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.

Iwakuma was staked a 5-0 lead through five innings, but he gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth and didn't record an out in the sixth. Dominic Leone came in to give up the final two runs on Iwakuma's line. Given Iwakuma's sparkling ERA--even with this rocky start, it still stands at 3.04--the outing is a bit of a disappointment. He was dealing with a bit of a neck issue and it remains to be seen if that had any effect on Friday's start. He'll try to bounce back against the Indians next week.
Jun 21 - 12:08 AM

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1B1Logan Morrison
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SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
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LF1Dustin Ackley
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CF1Austin Jackson
2Franklin Gutierrez
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RF1Michael Saunders
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DH1Kendrys Morales
2Corey Hart
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S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Chris Young
4Roenis Elias
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R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
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6Tom Wilhelmsen
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