Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was able to rally from a rough start Wednesday against the Angels. After giving up five runs (four earned) in the first two innings, he finished his outing with four scoreless frames.
Still, it wasn't enough for Seattle to make a comeback, as the Mariners lost 5-3.
"I tried to be too perfect at times and I couldn't get those strikes when I wanted," Iwakuma said through translator Antony Suzuki, per MLB.com. "I fell behind and that cost me."
Manager Lloyd McClendon agreed with Iwakuma's assessment of his performance.
"He was up in the zone a lot the first couple innings," McClendon said. "He just couldn't quite seem to get it down and they took advantage of it. And we didn't help him on a couple plays we probably should have made."
Iwakuma was unable to throw his splitter in his last spring outing due to a blister on his right index finger, but he insisted the blister wasn't an issue Wednesday.
"The finger wasn't bothering me at all," he said. "I just didn't have a good feel, a good grip of the split and they were taking good pitches. You just have to tip your cap to their hitters."