Allen Webster

Sunday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Allen Webster vs. Hisashi Iwakuma

August 24, 2014 - 6:12 am

The Red Sox will close out both an 11-game homestand and a three-game set with the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, sending Allen Webster to the mound against Hisashi Iwakuma in the series finale. Webster (3-1, 4.73 ERA) has turned in three straight quality starts for Boston, compiling a 3.86 ERA with a .239/.333/.388 line during that stretch. In his last start Tuesday against the Angels, Webster gave up seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts over six innings of work in what was eventually a 4-3 Los Angeles win. "When he's right like for the vast majority of tonight, put the ball on the ground, ground balls," manager John Farrell said. "It's good to see him continue to back up outings in a positive way and build some momentum and I'm sure some confidence in his own right." While Webster has settled down after his shaky debut this season, the third inning has continued to be a thorn in the side of the 24-year-old. Twelve of the 15 earned runs that Webster has allowed this season have come during the third. Webster was rocked in his only career appearance against the Mariners on July 9, 2013, surrendering six hits and seven earned runs over just 2 1/3 innings. Iwakuma (12-6, 2.57 ERA) has been extremely effective as of late, posting a 7-2 record with a 1.63 ERA over his last 10 starts. In his last outing Tuesday, the 33-year-old shut down the Phillies for eight innings, holding his opponents to just four hits and no runs while racking up 11 strikeouts. "He's unbelievable," Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager said after the game. "I looked up in the eighth and he hadn't even thrown 20 balls yet. He just goes right at hitters, throws strikes with all his pitches, gets swings and misses with all his pitches and he works quick, gets ground balls. He's everything you could ask for. He's awesome to play behind." One of Iwakuma'€™s biggest strengths this season has been his efficiency and command on the mound. The right-hander has only given up four walks over his last 10 outings and a total of 12 free passes in 147 innings on the year. Iwakuma struggled in his last start against Boston on June 25, giving up eight hits and five earned runs in just four innings of work. In three career starts against the Red Sox, Iwakuma is 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA. Mariners vs. Webster (RHP) Austin Jackson has two singles and one RBI in three plate appearances against Webster. Brad Miller has one double and three RBIs in two plate appearances against Webster. Kendrys Morales has two home runs and three RBIs in two plate appearances against Webster. Kyle Seager has one single in two plate appearances against Webster. Dustin Ackley has one walk in his only plate appearance against Webster. Mike Zunino has one strikeout in his only plate appearance against Webster. Red Sox vs. Iwakuma (RHP) Yoenis Cespedes (22 plate appearances): .364/.364/.955, 4 doubles, 3 home runs Brock Holt (8): .429/.375/.571, 3 singles, 1 double Dustin Pedroia (8): .429/.500/.857, 1 home run, 3 RBIs David Ortiz (7): .571/.571/1.571, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs Mike Napoli (5): .250/.400/1.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Daniel Nava (5): .400/.400/.400, 2 singles, 1 RBI Kelly Johnson (4): .500/.500/.750, 1 double, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (2): .000/.000/.000