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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
Contract: view contract details

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Hisashi Iwakuma was knocked around by the Angels on Monday, allowing seven runs on six hits across 3 1/3 innings.
Iwakuma struck out four, walked two and gave up a homer. Seattle dug itself into an 8-0 hole before getting on the board in the eighth inning. The Japanese right-hander, who came into this outing 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA in seven career outings against the Angels, picked the wrong time to fall apart, allowing the Angels to improve to 94-56. Iwakuma (14-8, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to take on the Astros in Houston on Saturday. Sep 16 - 1:08 AM

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Hisashi Iwakuma worked just 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing four runs on six hits in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Iwakuma did strike out six batters, but a two-out three-run Astros' rally in the second inning did him in. He's been in a real funk recently, logging a 7.24 ERA across his last three starts before tonight, though he did enter tonight 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA over his last five outings against division rivals, and 5-1 in his last six home appearances. Iwakuma (14-7, 3.11 ERA) better get it together, because he has a big start on deck with a date against the Angels scheduled for Tuesday.
Sep 11 - 1:22 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed three solo home runs but nothing more over six innings, earning the win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Iwakuma flirted with danger, as all five of his hits allowed were for extra bases, but the three homers were all he allowed in. Iwakuma didn't walk a batter while striking out six. The win was his fourth in a row and moved him to 13-6 on the season. He'll carry a 2.90 ERA into Friday's meeting with the Rangers in Arlington.
Aug 31 - 8:03 PM

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

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

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C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
3Humberto Quintero
1B1Logan Morrison
2Justin Smoak
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Endy Chavez
3Stefen Romero
CF1Austin Jackson
2James Jones
3Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Denorfia
DH1Kendrys Morales
2Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Chris Young
5Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Brandon Maurer
4Yoervis Medina
5Charlie Furbush
6Tom Wilhelmsen
7Joe Beimel
8Dominic Leone
9Carson Smith
10Lucas Luetge
11Taijuan Walker
12Erasmo Ramirez