Found September 26, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Back in the first half of last season it was tough to imagine Hisashi Iwakuma having a year like this one. But with Felix Hernandez pretty much down for the count this final month Iwakuma stepped his game up a notch even from the stellar first five months of the season. As a result he ends his year with a 23-inning scoreless stretch to go with a 14-6 record 2.66 earned run average and 219 2/3 innings pitched. That latter stat — the innings total — seems astounding given the quality that went along with it. Especially given all the early struggles he had with between-outings fatigue last year as he returned from shoulder troubles in 2011 and adjusted to a new life and game in the United States. But Iwakuma committed himself to building up strength and endurance this past winter and it showed all year cluminating with another eight scoreless innings tonight in a 6-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. Mike Zunino hit a pair of mammoth homers in addition to catching Iwakuma through his ...
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