Seattle Mariners Waste Hisashi Iwakuma's Brilliant Start In Strange 16-Inning Marathon

By Cody Williams
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As Wednesday’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox went into extra innings, there was no question that the game was a pitcher’s duel.

Mariners stud Hisashi Iwakuma gave up just three hits and no runs over eight innings with Yoervis Medina pitching a scoreless ninth. Meanwhile, a quartet of White Sox pitchers combined to allow zero runs through nine innings as well.

The scoreless draw actually continued through the 13th inning, the longest time in this MLB season that two teams haven’t scored a run. That all changed in the top of the 14th, though, when Chicago exploded for five runs, which seemed like it would end the game. Seattle had other plans for the contest, as Kyle Seager’s grand slam in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 5-5.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, this game on Wednesday was the first game in the history of the league that two teams have gone scoreless through nine innings, but have managed to score at least five runs apiece in the game. If that doesn’t qualify this game as one of the strangest of the year, who knows what does.

The White Sox went on to win the game in the 16th inning by a score of 7-5. Though the game lasting over five hours and the strange way things transpired will be the dominant story, the fact is that the Mariners wasted a fantastic outing from Iwakuma, who has been a rock for Seattle this season.

Wednesday’s game was his 13th start of the season, and he has an unreal 1.94 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. He’s absolutely proving himself to be an ace in this league. However, he has just six wins this season. Pitching in Seattle, a poor win-loss record is something Iwakuma is going to have to have to get accustomed to until they improve, even if he is dominant on the mound — just ask Felix Hernandez.

Cody Williams is a Blogger with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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