Going into today, Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma had not allowed an earned run in his last 28.2 innings, but the Oakland A’s touched him up big time in a 10-2 rout on Sunday afternoon.
Iwakuma cruised through four innings while his offense built a 2-0 lead, but it was all downhill from there for him and his bullpen.
Back-to-back doubles by Josh Donaldson and Seth Smith got the A’s on the board, and Josh Reddick knocked in Smith with a single to tie the game at 2-2.
In the fifth, the A’s took the lead and never looked back. John Jaso led off the inning with walk, and a booming double by Yoenis Cespedes to center scored him all the way from first.
Iwakuma wound up allowing four runs in five innings on eight hits, a very uncharacteristic outing for a Cy Young-candidate.
Meanwhile, after giving up the two early runs, A’s starter Bartolo Colon had himself another decent game. Colon did not give up any more runs in his seven innings of work, walking zero batters and earning his ninth victory of the season.
The A’s would continue to pound on the Mariners bullpen after Iwakuma departed. Donaldson, Smith, Brandon Moss, and Reddick all hit solo homers, and the sellout crowd of over 36,000 got more than their money’s worth as the A’s kept piling on the runs.
On a somewhat related note, I considered buying tickets for this game for me and my dad, but when I saw that both Iwakuma and Colon were pitching lights out, I decided that I didn’t want to waste my money to see a 1-0 ball game.
Needless to say, I regret it now. However, we did spend some quality time together playing a round of miniature golf.
Yes, miniature golf.
Happy Father’s Day, y’all.