The Mariners got a needed win tonight, then also made a much-discussed move.
Ryan Divish has the news on the move in the blog post below, and it’s also recapped in our game story here.
You can also see manager Lloyd McClendon talk about the game a little bit in the video below.
As for the game itself, it was pretty much two solo home runs and the pitching of Hisashi Iwakuma, who has now pitched 33.2 innings against the Twins in his career without allowing an earned run, winning all five of his starts.
Iwakuma had had a couple rough starters in late June, but has now had two good ones and he said one key is that he “physically, I’m feeling very good right now. My arm feels a lot better. Just keeping the ball down, moving it to both sides of the plate. That’s helped me out a lot.”
The key pitch for Iwakuma was a full-count split-finger that struck out Sam Fuld to end the seventh inning with runners on second and third in what at the time was a 1-0 game.
The pitch came a few batters after pitching coach Rick Waits visited the mount. McClendon said later he wasn’t really thinking of taking him out there but that “I just felt like it was his game to win or lose right there. … I just felt he should have the opportunity to decide it.”
Catcher Mike Zunino noted that first base was open there so they could take a chance with a pitch that might end up being a ball.
“He was able to put it over the plate and elevate it just enough to get him to bite,” Zunino said.
Zunino said it was as good as he has seen Iwakuma pitch this season.
Seattle has now won eight of 10 at home after starting out the year 14-20 at Safeco Field, beginning to establish some home dominance.
It was also Seattle’s seventh shutout of the season, and sixth since the start of June.
As for the Buck move, there will obviously be more on that in the next day or two.
[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”3663606310001″/]