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Hisashi Iwakuma owns the Minnesota Twins

Jul 8, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma took the mound last night against the Minnesota Twins for the fifth time in his career and for the fifth time in his career he defeated them without allowing an earned run.

Iwakuma tossed seven shutout innings in a 2-0 victory, striking out 10 and walking zero while allowing four hits. And he’s now 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five starts and 33.2 innings versus Minnesota.

During that 33.2-inning stretch he’s struck out 34 of 132 batters while issuing just eight walks and the Twins have hit .165 with a .198 slugging percentage and .427 OPS off Iwakuma.

Or, put another way: Iwakuma has a 2.89 ERA for his career. If you remove his dominance of the Twins from those totals his career ERA rises to 3.13.

  1. cheeks9441 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    That has to be a record for most career innings against one opponent without allowing an earned run, right? Right, Hardball Talk? Right????

  2. Old Gator - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I want to see Iwakuma sell the team to Mark Cuban, who can then trade it to Scrooge McLoria for the Feesh. I have nothing against Minneapolitans besides their pallor, but Scrooge deserves to freeze his ass orf.

    • happytwinsfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      I saw last night that an eleven year old kid owns the Twins and he ain’t going nowhere. Besides, McLoria would still live in Florida. All rich Minnesotans do.

    • concussedmorneau - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Most Minnesotans are very tan during the warming months (July and August). During the other 10 months of Winter we stay pale to better fit into our surroundings.

      • Old Gator - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Yeah, but I bet all that shedding into the carpet in May really pisses orf your wives.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Hisashi Iwakuma owns the Minnesota Twins

    You edited the Wikipedia page didn’t you?

  4. credible316 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    As I stayed up to watch the Twins, I thought to myself: We look like 3 year old boys who had just picked up a bat for the first time. That’s how bad we looked.

    But hey, we’re going to be solid in the next couple of years. Or that’s what the local media keeps telling us anyway.

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