With seven games left to 2010, Ichiro Suzuki has blown past the 200-hit mark he sets as a beginning goal each season, but the landmark hits may just keep coming this week.
Ichiro starts the night with 2,235 career hits - good for 160th on baseball's all-time hits list. Ichiro is also just 12 hits behind Edgar Martinez for the Seattle Mariners franchise record, and 12 hits in seven games is a doable deed for Ichi.
They're far different hitters. Ichiro, for instance, has leads all of baseball with 56 infield hits this season. Edgar may not have had that many in his careeer.
It's David Pauley vs. C.J. Wilson. If you're wondering, Ichiro's lifetime average agaisnt Wilson is .296.
- You gotta love baseball fans. Justin Smoak walked to the plate for his first at-bat here as a Mariner and some guy stands up and yells 'We really like Cliff Lee!" and gets a laugh. Next pitch? Bang - line drive single to right center field. Adam Moore doubled Smoak home. Matt Mangini grounded out, Moore taking third. Greg Halman doubled - his first big-league hit - scoring Moore. In the second: Seattle 2, Texas 0.
- Vladimir Guerrero homerd, his 29th of the year. Nelson Cruz walked, and Ian Kinsler singled him to second. Chris Davis grounded out, advancing both runners. Matt Treanor flied out. Julio Borbon popped out. In the second: Seattle 2, Texas 1.
- Figgins and Jose Lopez singled, and Franklin Gutierrez got RBI No. 61 on a fly ball that scored Figgins. In the third: Seattle 3, Texas 1.
- Lopez walked, Gutierrez singled and Smoak homered, his 11th. In the fifth: Seattle 6, Texas 1.
- With two outs and Elvis Andrus on first, back-to-back singles by Michael Young and David Murphy scored a run. In the fifth: Seattle 6, Texas 2.
- Rookie Anthony Varvaro in to pitch the seventh in relief. A single, walk and Cruz home run tied it. In the seventh: Seattle 6, Texas 5.
- And in the ninth: Brandon League in to protect a two-run lead. It's a final: Seattle 7, Texas 5.