No one who's followed Ichiro Suzuki's career with the Seattle Mariners is easily surprised when he does something spectacular - but this might.
Ichiro starts tonight not having gone hitless in back-to-back games since Aug. 13-15, 2007. That's a streak of 144 games, and major league baseball hasn't had a longer one since Stan Musial (174 games) in 1943-44.
Ichiro starts the evening with 604 multiple-hit games in his career - more multiple hit games in a nine-year span than anyone in the live-ball era.
Against tonight's White Sox starter, Gavin Floyd, Ichiro is only batting .455 lifetime.
It's Floyd vs. Luke French.
Mr. French and Mr. Floyd are shutting down the hitters, so far.
French gave up a single to the first man he faced - ex-Mariner Scott Podsednik - then picked him off first base. In the third inning, Jayson Nix walked, and was doubled off first on a liner to Jack Wilson.
The Mariners? Six up, six down.
In the third, no score.
Junior, Junior, Junior!
Franklin Gutierrez walked with one out, Jose Lopez doubled off the wall in left and the White Sox dugout walked to the railing to watch Ken Griffey Jr. swing.
Second pitch, Junior singled home two runs - RBI No. 36 and 37 on the season - and the Mariners have a lead.
One of the more amazing aspects of this season is that whenever Griffey bats, in any ball park vs. any team, big league players inch forward to watch the results.
He may not bat .230 this season, hit 20 home runs or drive in 50 - but no one in the game takes his at-bats for granted.
After four: Mariners 2, White Sox 0
Oops, not a good pitch
A one-out, topspin ground ball double set up a tough inning for French. With two outs, he walked Nix, then threw a fastball belt high and a little away from No. 9 hitter Ramon Castro - and Castro doubled to right center field.
Tie game. Bad pitch. Not the guy to let hurt you.
In the fifth: Mariners 2, White Sox 2
Rookie Michael Saunders worked a 3-2 walk from Floyd, then stole second base for his first big-league steal. It mattered - Ichiro then singled Saunders home.
Trouble was, Ichiro rounded first base too far and was caught for the second out. Oops.
After five: Mariners 3, White Sox 2
French is through
Protecting a one-run lead, French walked three men to load the bases with one out, and Wakamatsu had seen enough.
Sean White is in.
French lasted 5 1/3 innings - one out longer than in his last start - and threw 89 pitches.
White fell behind, 3-1, before Carlos Quentin doubled to left, pushing home two runs.
In the sixth: White Sox 4, Mariners 3
Branyan goes deeeeeep
Two outs into the sixth inning, Floyd threw a fastball and Russell Branyan banged it off the VisitLasVegas.com sign under the Hit it Here Cafe - just another long, long home run.
If you're keeping track, that's No. 27 for the free agent Jack Zduriencik signed soon after becoming general manager.
Yeah, so far, that's working out ...
Jack Wilson walked, Tony Pena replaced Floyd, and Kenji Johjima hit his fourth home run of the season.
After six: Mariners 6, White Sox 4
How 'bout that bullpen?
White got the game to the eighth inning, where Mark Lowe blew through three White Sox hitters in a row - striking out Jim Thome and Paul Konerko.
In the ninth, it was David Aardsma and his well-publicized, well-lanced boil on the mound, looking for save No. 27.
Well, actually the boil was looking for its first save.
Combined, Aardsma and The Boil got three quick outs, and it was over.
It's a final: Mariners 6, White Sox 4