"I felt pretty good," Iwakuma said to MLB.com. "I feel like I can enter the season right now physically. From here on, it's all mental. I feel like I have a lot of life on my fastball, and that's a good sign."
"Outstanding," McClendon said. "He threw the ball extremely well. Great command of the split. The fastball was in and out, up and down. He really commanded the zone very well."
Iwakuma allowed two runs on six hits over five innings of work against minor-league hitters. he struck out eight and walked one. Of his 72 pitches, 44 were called strikes.
"I had a good feel with the split," Iwakuma said. "It is starting to dive a lot. I feel like I could start the season right now physically. It's just all mental from here out."
"I'm not 100 percent there yet, but I feel like I'm close to getting there," Iwakuma said through a translator after the outing, per the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "I'm in game mode now. It will pick up another notch."
Iwakuma indicated he felt strong at the end of his start, and manager Lloyd McClendon said that his command "got better as the game went along. He threw a lot of very good two-strike strikes. He did a nice job."
Iwakuma has thrown just twice in Cactus League action this spring, as he was tabbed to work in a simulated game during his last turn.
“I felt good overall today,” he said, “and had a better feel of my command, being able to locate where I wanted to. I was able to work from my stretch with runners on and that was good to get that feel back.
“I felt like my arm speed and arm action were better than my first outing, so I am satisfied with where I am at being the second game in camp.”
Iwakuma would have faced the A's Thursday, but with the team set to travel to Oakland during its first road trip of the season, manager Lloyd McClendon wanted to avoid giving hitters extra work against the pitcher. Felix Hernandez is set to pitch a simulated game for the same reason Sunday.
"I just don’t want them facing teams we’re going to play early," McClendon said. "I don’t like doing that. Any type of edge we can get by not having them face them early is good. They just need to build up [innings]. I don’t think they’re trying to make the club."
Iwakuma tossed two perfect innings in his Cactus League debut Saturday, throwing 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.
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