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Entries in Ichiro Suzuki (5)

Friday
Sep212012

Nine to Know: The AL Postseason Watch

  1. Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking two-run 9th inning homer off Angels closer closer Ernesto Frieri as the Rangers topped the Angels, 3-1, and got the fat lady starting to warm up her voice for the Halos this season.Since the All Star break, Beltre has hit 19 homers in 62 games
  2. Texas  is now 89-60 and the Angels  are now 81-69 and 4.5 games behind the A’s (85-64) who are 4 games behind Texas after clobbering Detroit (79-70), 12-4.
  3. The A’s got bad news when they found that pitcher Brett Anderson will miss the rest of the season, due to an oblique injury.
  4. The Tigers did not lose ground in the AL Central as the division leading White Sox (81-68) lost to the Royals, 4-3, on an Eric Hosmer walkoff single. The ChiSox have a 2 game lead in the division despite going 6-12 against the Royals this year.
  5. The Yankees (86-63) increased their AL East lead to a full game by winning their fifth in a row as Nick Swisher  grand slammed and Ichiro Suzuki was simply grand again in a 10-7 win over the increasingly blue Jays.Ichiro in three games against Toronto
  6. In the sweep of Toronto, Ichiro was 9 for 12 with three doubles, a homer, four RBI and four steals. He’s now hitting .321 as a Yankee including batting .362 against lefties. The Yanks matched their season high of 23 games over .500.
  7. The Yankees lead the AL East by one over Baltimore (85-64) who were idle yesterday and by 6.5 over Tampa (80-70) who scored six in the bottom of the 9th including a three-run walkoff homer by B.J. Upton to top the pitiful Red Sox, 7-4.
  8. By splitting the four games with Boston, Tampa Bay remained 5.5 games back of Oakland and Baltimore who are tied for the two AL wild-card slots.
  9. Walkoffs:
  • The A’s now have 13 walkoff wins and four walkoff losses.
  • The Orioles now have seven walkoff wins and no walkoff losses.
  • The Rays now have seven walkoff wins and six walkoff losses.
  • The Tigers now have seven walkoff wins and seven walkoff losses.
  • The White Sox now have seven walkoff wins and seven walkoff losses.
  • The Rangers now have five walkoff wins and five walkoff losses.
  • The Angels now have four walkoff wins and six walkoff losses.
  • The Yankees now have two walkoff wins and six walkoff losses.
Thursday
Sep202012

Nine to Know: Yankees play two, Orioles play two extra; both teams win

  1. Andy Pettitte pitched five scoreless innings returning from the DL to pick up the win in game one in the day/night doubleheader swept by the Yankees over the Blue Jays.
  2. Derek Jeter was given the day game off so Ichiro Suzuki to the leadoff slot and had three hits batting leadoff as the Yankee captain was given the opener off.
  3. Rafael Soriano picked up a four-out save in game one thanks in large part to a diving basket catch by Ichiro with runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the 8th when the score was 3-2.
  4. Toronto’s 45-year-old Omar Vizquel had two hits in the Jays first-game loss to move past Babe Ruth to 41st on the career hit list at 2,874. Mel Ott is next at 2,876.
  5. The Yanks won the nightcap, 2-1, with Ichiro once again starring hitting a go-ahead single in the 8th inning driving in the ultimate winning run. Ichiro had four hits in the second game making him 7-for-8 in the two games. He also stole four of New York’s seven bases in the second game. Soriano recorded saves 41 and 42 in the twinbill.
  6. Derek Jeter picked up his 200th hit of the season extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Jeter now has eight seasons of at least 200 hits (also 1998-00, 2005-07, ’09), tying Lou Gehrig’s club record. Only Pete Rose (10), Ichiro (10), and Ty Cobb (9) have more 200-hit seasons than Jeter, the oldest player to collect at least 200 hits in a season since the 40-year old Paul Molitor in 1996.
  7. After playing 18 innings Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning as the Orioles won their 15th straight extra-inning game, 3-1 over the Seattle Mariners.
  8. Jones became the first Baltimore outfielder to reach 30 homers since Brady Anderson hit 50 in 1996. It was his fourth extra-inning homer of the season.
  9. The game ended when Michael Saunders, who had walked, was caught stealing by Tuesday night’s hitting star, Taylor Teagarden. That play exemplifies why the Orioles will battling in October in the postseason and the Mariners will be battling for tee times.

Players with four hits and four steals in a game since 2000:

RkPlayerDateTmOppRsltPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCS
1 Ichiro Suzuki 2012-09-19 (2) NYY TOR W 2-1 4 4 0 4 1 0 0 1 4 0
2 Julio Borbon 2009-08-15 TEX BOS W 7-2 5 5 2 4 0 0 0 2 4 0
3 Carl Crawford 2009-05-03 TBR BOS W 5-3 5 4 2 4 0 0 0 1 6 0
4 Kenny Lofton 2007-06-29 TEX BOS L 1-2 5 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 0
5 Carl Crawford 2006-05-24 TBD TOR W 10-8 5 5 5 5 0 0 1 2 4 0
6 Scott Podsednik 2006-05-01 CHW CLE W 8-6 6 5 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 1
7 Ichiro Suzuki 2004-07-20 SEA BOS L 7-9 6 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 4 0
8 Kenny Lofton 2000-09-03 CLE BAL W 12-11 8 7 4 4 0 0 1 1 5 0
9 Tom Goodwin 2000-06-07 COL SEA W 6-1 5 5 2 4 0 0 0 1 4 0
10 Eric Young 2000-05-14 CHC MON L 15-16 6 5 4 4 0 0 0 0 5 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/20/2012.

Ichiro's seven-hit game yesterday:

 

Derek Jeter's 200 hit season:

 

Adam Jones' 30-homer season:

 

There have been 56 extra-inning homers this season. Here are batters with multiple games:

Adam Jones 4
Hunter Pence 2
Scott Hairston 2
Chipper Jones 2
Carlos Gonzalez 2
Matt Kemp 2

Here are Adam Jones 2012 extra-inning homers:

DateBatter ▾OppPitcherScoreInnRoBOutRBI
2012-05-06 Adam Jones @BOS Darnell McDonald tied 6-6 t17 12- 1 3
2012-05-16 Adam Jones @KCR Nathan Adcock tied 3-3 t15 1 1
2012-06-09 Adam Jones PHI B.J. Rosenberg tied 4-4 b12 1– 0 2
2012-09-19 Adam Jones @SEA Josh Kinney tied 1-1 t11 1– 1 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/20/2012.
Tuesday
Apr102012

Yu Darvish vs. Ichiro

While Yu Darvish opened his MLB career with a win over the Mariners last night, that was more the product of Texas teeing off on Hector Noesi than the $112 million man's great outing. Darvish allowed five runs in 5.2 innings, surrendering eight hits while striking out five batters and walking four.

The matchup eagerly anticipated by seamheads ten time zones apart was Darvish vs. Ichiro. The first tilt between the former Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters ace and Sawamura winner and the erstwhile Orix BlueWave and three-time Pacific League MVP went in Ichiro's favor. Here's a quick look at how Ichiro went 3-for-4 against the latest Japanese star to make the jump to MLB.

First Inning

Darvish started Ichiro off with a 92 mph cutter, which was generously called a ball. Ichiro then fouled off a 95 mph four-seamer thrown up and away, took a 94 mph four-seamer inside for a ball and fouled off two more 94 mph four-seamers. With a 2-2 count, Darvish reared back, fired a 96 mph four-seamer and missed over the heart of the plate. Ichiro lined the pitch into left field for a single.

 

Second Inning

Darvish fell behind Ichiro again by missing way outside with a 93 mph two-seamer and then just missing low and inside with a 92 mph four-seamer. Down 2-0, Darvish left another four-seamer over the middle of the plate that Ichiro clubbed over right fielder Nelson Cruz's head for a double.

 

Fourth Inning

In the fourth, Darvish yet again got behind in the count by narrowly missing low and inside with an 80 mph slider and then well outside with a 92 mph four-seamer. Ichiro fouled off a 92 mph four-seamer on the outer third of the plate and took a 93 mph four-seamer low and inside to make it a 3-1 count. Darvish made one of his best pitches of the night, hitting the black with a 93 mph four-seamer thrown away that produced a ground out.

 

Sixth Inning

Darvish tried to stay away from Ichiro in their final battle. Ichiro took a 93 mph four-seamer outside for a ball, poked a 92 mph four-seamer foul that was way outside, and then took an 82 mph slider in the dirt to work a 2-1 count. Darvish then tried to hit the outside corner again, but the pitch was high and Ichiro singled to center field.

 

Overall, 15 of the 18 pitches Darvish threw to Ichiro were fastballs. Darvish fell behind in the count in each AB, and poor fastball command led to three base knocks. At least until the NPB stars match up again, Ichiro has bragging rights.