Hisashi Iwakuma was struck out seven and Kyle Seager hit his 20th home run as the Mariners cruised to a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Iwakuma continued his streak of dominance to earn his ninth and final win of the 2012 season. He finishes with a 9-5 record, 101 strikeouts, and a 3.16 ERA over 125.1 innings. The 31 year-old Tokyo native proved to be one of the biggest bargains of the season, earning just $1.5 million for his work with the Mariners.
Seager, the most consistent offensive force for the Mariners this season, hit his Mariner-leading 20th home run, becoming the first Mariner to hit 20-plus homers in one season since Russell Branyan hit 31 and Jose Lopez hit 25 for the Mariners in 2009. Seager finished the game two-for-four with a double to accompany his home run.
The Mariners shook up Angels’ starter, Dan Haren, lighting him for five runs, on seven hits, but still getting caught-off-guard by his eight strikeouts. Haren was credited with the loss and will finish 2012 with a 12-13 record and a 4.33 earned run average. Besides Seager’s first inning solo shot, Haren gave up a pair of doubles to outfielder Michael Saunders that drove in three runs (two in the fourth inning, one in the sixth), and an RBI single by catcher John Jaso in the sixth. Rookie reliever, Andrew Taylor gave up the other run to the Mariners off a Jesus Montero single in the eighth inning.
The Angels sole run was the result of a Howie Kendrick double that drove in shortstop Andrew Romine in the ninth inning off of Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen.
The victory puts the Mariners at a 74-87 record. They play their final regular season game against the Angels tomorrow night and have a chance to prevent the Angels from earning a 90-win record.