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February 29, 2012 at 9:44 AM

See video recap of Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma’s disastrous second inning in yesterday’s intrasquad game

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Yesterday was the much-anticipated date for Hisashi Iwakuma to make his intrasquad debut with the Mariners. The first inning went well, with a popup and two groundouts.
The second inning? Well, as you’ll see in the video, it was a disaster.


Vinnie Catricala could have helped Iwakuma out by not muffing a chopper to third with two men on and nobody out.
But Iwakuma didn’t do himself any favors by constantly falling behind hitters. You can see in the walk to the inning’s second hitter, Casper Wells, that Iwakuma was missing all over the place.
I didn’t go through entire pitch sequences for all the hitters, but it was pretty much the same. Iwakuma would miss once or twice and then get rocked. He wasn’t fooling anybody.
The video ends with the Mike Wilson double to the left field corner. Didn’t bother to throw in the Nick Franklin walk that ended Iwakuma’s outing because…why bore you? Just watch the Wells walk and you’ll get the idea.
Iwakuma needs to improve his command. It’s early, as they say.

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