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November 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma struggles as the MLB All-Stars lose 8-4

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Not sure how many people stayed up till 1 a.m. to watch some live baseball and right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma make his only start for the MLB All-Stars in his home country.

You didn’t miss much.

Iwakuma struggled, giving up five runs on 10 hits in four innings pitched and the MLB All-Stars lost 8-4.  He just never had great command with his fastball and Samurai Japan hitters never really  bit on some of his splitfinger fastballs with two strikes. Iwakuma did strike out four batters, but he was hit hard. This will be his only start of the five-game series. Fellow Japanese pitcher Tysuoshi Wada of the Cubs didn’t fare much better in relief, giving up two runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched.

But even with disappointing outing, both Iwakuma and Wada were happy because of the warm ovations from the Japanese fans. Iwakuma, an all-star pitcher in the Nippon Professional League before coming to Seattle, had not pitched in Japan since 2011.

“It was a special game for me,” Iwakuma told MLB.com. “It’s an honor to pitch here in Japan. I’m away from Seattle, but I’m in front of my own fans.”

Robinson Cano got the start at DH and went 1-for-4 with a RBI single, but he was thrown out at second while trying to second on the play. Robbie thought it was a homer and didn’t run too hard out of the box.

 

 

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