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February 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma says he needs better control of pitches next time out

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Just got done speaking to Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, seen in photo next to interpreter Daisuke Sekiba. Iwakuma said he started off well, but did not have good enough control of his pitches in that second inning when he got hit hard and saw three runs score before the frame was halted.
Iwakuma did not record an out that inning.
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“It was really difficult to control my pitches, location-wise, in the second inning,” he said. “A lot of my first pitches were balls, so I was a little but nervous about throwing the next pitch. It was making it easier for the hitters to get hits than if I’d thrown strikes on the first pitch.”


Iwakuma said his throwing motion felt smooth and easy. That’s a good sign, considering the shoulder problems he had in Japan last year.
“I felt really good because I could swing my arm much more smoothly than in my bullpens,” he said.
Iwakuma was asked whether he’s already thinking about going back to Japan and pitching, most likely in one of Seattle’s exhibition games there.
“I’m trying to prepare to pitch in front of those fans as best I can right now,” he said. “I want to show them that I have the ability to pitch the way I used to in Japan.”

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