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.