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.