Hisashi Iwakuma became the second Mariners all-star starting pitcher in just a few weeks to low a huge lead and the Mariners lost an ugly one, 11-8 to the Boston Red Sox.
A few weeks ago, Felix Hernandez turned an 8-1 lead into an 8-7 game in a matter of minutes and the Mariners went down to stunning defeat in Anaheim. This time, it was Iwakuma yielding three home runs in a two-inning span and watching a 5-1 lead evaporate before most fans had time to go buy a beer to get them partway through this 3-hour, 44-minute mess.
Boston hit five home runs, the Mariners countered with two and right there, the math tells you this wasn’t going to work out.
That’s 10 home runs allowed in four games by Iwakuma, who hasn’t won in a month and has seen his ERA shoot from 1.79 to 2.97 over that span. Good thing they can’t rescind all-star invites.
Bad loss for the Mariners. Momentum-killer right there.