Iwakuma (11-6) gave up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in Saturday's 14-5 victory over the Blue Jays. He struck out three. The veteran right-hander had the luxury of being staked to a 6-1 lead by the home half of the fourth, allowing him to cruise to his fourth straight victory. Iwakuma has really hit his stride over the last three outings in particular, surrendering only three earned runs on 11 hits and seven walks over 19.2 innings, while striking out 17 over that span. He'll look to make it five consecutive wins when he takes on the Cubs next Friday.
Iwakuma (10-6) pitched seven innings of two-hit, scoreless ball, surrendering only a walk and striking out eight. The veteran righty was masterful for a second straight start, and was particularly sharp with his control. Iwakuma got 66 of his 90 pitches into the strike zone and was ahead in the count the overwhelming majority of the time, recording first-pitch strikes on 20 of the 24 batters he faced. The 35-year-old has only given up an earned run on seven hits and four walks over the 13.2 innings encompassing his last two starts, while also recording 14 strikeouts over that span. He's now lowered his ERA to a 4.01 figure that is his lowest since April 22 and will look to continue his stellar stretch of pitching versus the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Iwakuma was sharp in Friday's win over the Royals, allowing just one run with six strikeouts and three walks across 6.2 innings. Iwakuma was efficient, needing just 92 pitches (60 strikes) during his stint on the mound, and he reached six strikeouts for the first time in his last six starts. Iwakuma endured a disappointing first half, as Friday's gem lowered his ERA to 4.25, but he will look to ride the momentum from this start into the second half after the All-Star break.
Iwakuma gave up four runs on 10 hits and no walks in six-plus innings Sunday in a win against the Orioles. He struck out one. Iwakuma got hit hard, giving up three doubles and a two-run homer. He pitched to one batter in the seventh inning before getting pulled. Fortunately, he got plenty of run support for his eighth win. Iwakuma has allowed at least four earned runs in four of his last seven starts.
Iwakuma (7-6) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a win Tuesday over the Pirates. Iwakuma was reeling, having allowed nine runs over 11.2 innings in his previous two starts. This marks the first time he has held an opponent under three runs since May 3, so he really needed to show he could put together a stingy start like this one. Critically, Iwakuma didn't allow a home run Tuesday night -- he had allowed 17 in his first 15 starts of the season, including seven in his past three starts. He'll need to keep the ball in the yard to bring his 4.34 ERA back to his 3.33 career mark.