Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/9/12
This week in Mariner-land was a time of births, plane rides, and great baseball. A bunch of good stuff happened. The Mariners first faced the Blue Jays at home, and then flew to New York to face the Yankees for the second time in as many weeks. They faced their now friendly foe, Ichiro, who has gotten a hit for his Yankees in every game that he’s started for them; this week he extended his streak to 12 games. The Mariners went 4-2 on the week. For the first game against Toronto, fresh off a 14-hour plane ride from Japan (he was visiting his ill father), Mariner Hisashi Iwakuma, 31, set a new rookie pitching record by fanning 13 batters over 8 innings; it was a 4-1 win for the Mariners. The record had previously been held by the likes of Randy Johnson and Freddy Garcia (who each had 12 strikeouts), and is the most Hisashi has ever had in a game–including the 11 years he pitched in Japan. In the game he gave up only 4 hits. After playing the role of long reliever for 3 months, Iwakuma...
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