Hisashi Iwakuma Named A.L. Player of the Week
Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been named the American League Player of the Week for Aug. 10-16. It is the first career Player of the Week honor for Iwakuma.
Iwakuma tossed the 5th no-hitter in Mariners history, 4th by a single pitcher, on Aug. 12 vs. Baltimore. He joined Randy Johnson on June 2, 1990 vs. Detroit, Chris Bosio on April 22, 1993 vs. Boston & Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay (perfect game) as pitchers in club history with a no-hitter. The team also combined for a 6-man no-hitter on June 8, 2012 vs. Los Angeles (NL); Kevin Millwood (6.0 IP), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2) & Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0).
The right-hander is just the 2nd Japanese-born pitcher with an MLB no-hitter, joining Hideo Nomo who tossed two no-hitters during his career, Sept. 17, 1996 at Colorado (with Dodgers) & April 4, 2001 at Baltimore (with Boston).
Iwakuma’s no-hitter is the 4th in MLB this season, but the first in the American League since Felix Hernandez on Aug. 15, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay. National League no-hitters this season include Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels vs. Chicago (NL) on July 25, Washington’s Max Scherzer vs. Pittsburgh on June 20, San Francisco’s Chris Heston vs. New York (NL) on June 9.
This is Iwakuma’s first career Player of the Week honor, and the first by a Mariners pitcher since Felix Hernandez on June 9, 2014. This is the third Player of the Week honor for the Mariners this season after Brad Miller (May 18) and Nelson Cruz (April 20) won the award earlier this season.
On the season, Iwakuma is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA (31 ER, 72.1 IP) with 58 strikeouts in 11 starts this season. Over his last 7 starts, he is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA (14 ER, 51.0 IP) with 44 strikeouts since July 11. He missed more than two months on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season (April 24-July 6) with a right lat strain.