Thursday, August 21, 2014

2007 Bowman Heritage #162 Tadahito Iguchi

Mariners 5, Phillies 2
Game 126 - Tuesday Night, August 19th in Philadelphia
Record - 55-71, 5th Place, 17 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies bats rested on this night, as the Mariners won easily, 5-2.

What It Means:  There are 36 Phillies games left this season.

What Happened:  The Phils managed six hits and their two runs didn't come until the ninth inning.  A.J. Burnett struggled again, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks in his 7 2/3 innings of work.

Featured Card:  I'm reaching here, which is bound to happen when your team is 16 games under .500 in late August.  Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma put on a pitching clinic against the Phillies in this game, throwing eight shutout innings while striking out 11.  Watching him pitch made me wonder if the Phillies had ever had a Japanese-born pitcher . . . and according to Baseball Reference, they haven't.

Of the 61 Japanese-born Major Leaguers, only two have seen time with the Phillies:  Tadahito Iguchi in 2007 and 2008, and So Taguchi in 2008.  And now you know.

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