Carlos Beltran entered the 2013 NLCS hitting .345/.453/.761 in 172 post-season playoff appearances. He gave his numbers a slight boost with a game-tying two-run double to center in the bottom of the third inning, picking up starter Joe Kelly after he had surrendered two runs to the Dodgers in the top half of the inning.
Dodgers starter Zack Greinke got two quick outs on strikeouts, but allowed a single to Kelly and walked Matt Carpenter to bring Beltran to the plate. Greinke threw him only fastballs, falling behind 3-1. Beltran then laced a 90 MPH two-seamer for a double, just out of the outstretched glove of Andre Ethier in center. With a little extra mustard, the fly ball would have been a three-run home run.
Both starters are in the 50-pitch range entering the fourth inning, going through the opposing lineup for the second time.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.