g159 | Kuma’s strong finish dashes KC’s wild card hopes

Mariners 6 | Royals 0

Met my Dad at “the glove” for our last game together for the year – and, we picked a good one! Great pitching, plenty of offense and great defense ~ a rare night where the guys put it all together. I even got a little “America’s Cup primer ” over our pre-game hot dogs 🙂

Kuma was fantastic! from the box score link re-cap . . .

Iwakuma did the rest, wrapping up his first full year as a Major League starter with a 14-6 record and 2.66 ERA, establishing himself as an American League All-Star while ranking among the league’s top five in ERA, WHIP, opponent’s batting average and strikeouts-to-walk ratio.

The former Japanese star went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA over his final eight starts and did not allow a run in 23 straight innings over his last three games. Having also had a streak of 23 2/3 scoreless innings earlier, Iwakuma was the only Major Leaguer with two streaks of 20-plus scoreless innings this year. Only Jered Weaver of the Angels and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies pulled that off in 2012.

EIGHT innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ NINE strikeouts

Only EIGHT hits but SIX for extra bases . . .
~ Brad, Kyle and Dustin with doubles (Kyle’s of the TWO run variety)
~ Mike and Michael with homers (Mike with TWO!)

TWO double-plays, including an unassisted one from Brad who made a LEAPING catch to snare a liner and double off the runner at 2B


tweets of the game . . .