Update (8:43 PM EDT): Ichiro singled to left field to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. The hit moves him past Palmeiro for sole possession of 26th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki tripled and shortly thereafter scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies. With the triple, Suzuki logged his 3,020th career major league hit, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro for 26th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Lou Brock is Ichiro’s next target at 3,023 hits. Barring a torrid finish to the season, he’ll have to wait for next year to surpass Rod Carew at 3,053 hits.
Suzuki, who has handled right field regularly since Giancarlo Stanton suffered a groin injury, came into Wednesday’s action batting .295/.363/.375 in 320 plate appearances. He’s hitting well enough that it’s easy to see the Marlins picking up his $2 million option for the 2017 season, when he’ll be 43 years old.
2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.
Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.
Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.