· The Mariners have won 6 of their last 7 home games and are 21-11 at Safeco Field since May 30…are 31-20 since dropping the first 5 home games.
· Hisashi Iwakuma has won 8 consecutive home starts (5/25 – c), surpassing Felix Hernandez (7, 8/28/09 – 4/21/10) for most wins in consecutive home starts in Mariners club history…during this stretch, Iwakuma is 8-0 with a 2.62 ERA (16 ER, 55.0 IP) in 8 starts…Iwakuma is the first American League pitcher to win 8 straight home starts since Jerome Williams – LAA (8/21/11 – 6/1/12)…equals the longest active consecutive home start winning streak in the Majors this season (also: Kyle Hendricks – CHI).
o Since May 20, leads the Major Leagues with 12 wins…is 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA (37 ER, 95.1 IP) in 15 starts since May 20.
o Equaled a season-high with 8 strikeouts (3x, last: 7/16 vs. HOU).
o Recorded his 11th outing of 7.0+ innings this season, T6th-most in the American League (also: Cole Hamels – DET).
o Has posted 23.1 consecutive scoreless inning pitched at home, beginning with the 5th inning on July 3rd vs. Baltimore.
o Recorded his 3rd outing of at least 7.0 scoreless innings pitched, T2nd-most in the American League…only Hector Santiago – LAA & MIN and Corey Kluber – CLE have recorded more with 4 such outings apiece.
· Kyle Seager (1×3, R, RBI) was 1-for-1 with 1 RBI with runners in scoring position…ranks T3rd in the American League with 52 RBI with runners in scoring position.
· Nelson Cruz (2×3, R, 2B) has recorded 19 multi-hit games as a designated hitter this season, 4th-most among all DH’s…trails David Ortiz (32), Victor Martinez (29) and Albert Pujols (25).
· Since August 2, Edwin Diaz leads the Majors with 5 saves.
· Arquimedes Caminero made his Mariners debut tonight and pitched 1.0 scoreless inning…marks the 28th different pitcher used by the Mariners in a game this season, which is tied for the club record in a single season (2015 & 1995).
· Mariners starters have gone at least 6.0 innings in 15 of the last 19 games (7/19 – c) and at least 7.0 innings in 8 of the last 19 games…during that stretch, Seattle starters are 8-4 with a 3.53 ERA (47 ER, 119.2 IP) with 99 strikeouts.
· The Mariners recorded 1 two-out RBI…entering play today, the Mariners ranked 4th in the Majors with 192 two-out RBI, trailing only Boston (226), Washington (200) and Tampa Bay (193).
· The Tigers are now 28-30 in road games this season…are 5-3 in their last 8 games.
· Detroit starters are now 10-4 with a 3.46 ERA (52 ER, 135.1 IP) in 23 games since the All-Star Break.
· Ian Kinsler (1×3, BB) extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a single in the 3rd inning.
o During the streak is batting .444 (12×27) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 5 RBI.
o Is a career .382 (13×34) vs. Iwakuma with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 3 RBI.
· Michael Fulmer went 7.0 IP and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 6.
o Is now 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA (25 ER, 79.0 IP) in 13 road starts this season.
Post Game Quotes
TIGERS MANAGER BRAD AUSMUS:
On the overall game tonight:
“We just couldn’t get much going offensively. Michael Fulmer wasn’t as sharp as he has been in the past, trying to throw strikes and get ahead of hitters, but he ends up doing a really nice job, two runs over seven innings. But we couldn’t really figure out Iwakuma. The hitters had a little trouble I think deciphering between the slider, split and fastball, I think they were all coming in looking the same. You know he’s been pitching very well.”
On how different Iwakuma’s performance was tonight compared to his last start against the Tigers:
“We handled him early. He actually ended up pitching pretty well as the game went on. Tonight, we didn’t really do much. I think we got one guy to second base after the first inning when Miggy (Miguel Cabrera) singled.”
On if the hitters’ approach changed as they game went on:
No, I think our guys, when they step in the box, they have their own game plan, it’s not like there’s a team concept of swinging early or swinging late.”
On what he saw from Fulmer in the second inning:
“Well, I mean it started off with the Cruz ball, to center field, obviously he hit that well. You know, other than that inning, they didn’t really do much against him, in terms of hits as well or getting on base. Like I said he did a nice job, two runs, seven innings, generally that’s going to be enough for this team to win, just tonight wasn’t our night offensively.”