He begins the night five hits short of 200 hits, and that would be his ninth consecutive 200-hit season.
Yes, Virginia, that will be a record.
For much of the Japanese media - especially the newest arrivals - Ichiro is the story and everyone else on the field exists only when they help him win the game.
It is a remarkable run by an incredible hitter, and it's still hard to imagine the popularity of Ichiro in his home country.He's moving toward baseball immortality, and being filmed each step of the way.
It's Ian Snell vs. Jered Weaver.
Here come the Angels
A first inning walk, an infield single off Snell and a Vladimir Guerreo single off the wall in right - with Ichiro making the base runners think he was going to catch the ball - loaded the bases with one out.
Snell walked Torii Hunter to force home a run. Kendry Morales doubled home three runs.
A cynic would say, 'game over.' In fact, a few guys in the press box just did. The Mariner are going to have trouble scoring enough runs in the next eight inning to match what the Angels did in a third of an inning.
After one: Angels 4, Mariners 0
One out into the third inning, Kenji Johjima hit a towering home run over the wall in center field, his eighth of the season.
Ichiro singled, his 196th hit of the season.
In the third: Angels 4, Mariners 1
Mariners woke up, noticed it was the sixth inning and decided to score their second run - this one on Jose Lopez's 23rd home run of the season.
Snell hasn't allowed a run since the first, but Seattle is running out of innings.
In the sixth: Angels 4, Mariners 2
Two outs in the eighth inning, Guerrero perched on second base after a double. One out from getting out of inning, Vargas centered a pitch that Juan Rivera launched for his 22nd home run.
After eight: Angels 6, Mariners 2
In the ninth
The Mariners opened the inning with a Bill Hall single and a Mike Carp double, which got them closer Brian Fuentes.
Johjima popped out. Sweeney, pinch-hitting for Josh-not-Jack Wilson, grounded out but got Hall home with a run.
Ichiro grounded out.
It's a final: Angels 6, Mariners 3