Ichiro's 5-for-5 night puts him 14 behind Sisler

If you ask me, this is one heck of an accomplishment that’s not getting the press it deserves. Is it because he’s not American?

[b]SEATTLE - With his fourth five-hit game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki pulled within 14 hits of George Sisler’s season record.

Suzuki went 5-for-5 Tuesday night in the Seattle Mariners’ 7-3 win over Anaheim, his second five-hit game against the Angels this season.

“I think they all know me, and I know them,” Suzuki said through an interpreter. “They know what I can do and I know what they can do. So when you play against them for a few years, it becomes a battle of what you want to try to do next. I think I have an opportunity to get hits every time I get to the plate. I go up there.”

Anaheim remained 2½ games behind Oakland in the AL West and dropped 5½ games behind Boston in the wild-card race.

Suzuki became the first player with four five-hit games in a season since San Diego’s Tony Gwynn in 1993, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

He has 11 games left to break the record of 257 set by Sisler with the 1920 St. Louis Browns. Suzuki singled every time up and raised his batting average to .372, taking over the major league lead from San Francisco’s Barry Bonds (.369).

“I think it’s hard for a player to think about records and understand how much it means while you’re playing,” Suzuki said. “After your career is over, then you can really enjoy the records and achievements.”

THE HIT MACHINE

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• Ichiro’s chase for George Sisler’s all-time season hit record

Record:
257, in 1920 (154-game season)

Ichiro’s hit total:
243

Games left:
11

Ichiro’s pace:
260 (162-game season)

Tuesday:
5-for-5 vs. Angels

Wednesday:
at Angels, Bartolo Colon (16-11, 5.08)

Suzuki also had five-hit games July 29 at Anaheim, Aug 3 at Baltimore and Sept. 5 at the Chicago White Sox.

“Ichiro’s got maybe the best eye-hand coordination that I’ve seen from a guy with a bat in his hand,” winning pitcher Jamie Moyer said. “He’s been here almost four years now, and he hits balls everywhere they’re pitched. You throw a pitch two inches off the ground, up in the zone, off the plate, inside, and he can put the bat on the ball. He’s in the driver’s seat.”

Scott Spiezio celebrated his 32nd birthday with four RBIs against the team he helped win a World Series title two years ago. He’s been impressed watching Suzuki up close.

“I always thought he was amazing, but I never knew about his preparation and his mind-set before the game, and how consistent he was with it,” Spiezio said. “It’s almost like a martial arts-type thing, where he gets into a zone and he finds a way to get on base.”

Moyer (7-12), who had been 0-10 since winning at Pittsburgh on June 18, allowed three runs and six hits in six-plus innings to help the Mariners avoid going 39 games under .500 for the first time this season. Seattle, which had 18 hits, must win six of its last 11 games to avoid its first 100-loss season since 1983.

“Wins, to me, are a team effort,” Moyer said. “It’s more important for me to keep us in the game and pitch effectively. The wins take care of themselves. My biggest issue has been keeping the lead after we get it.”

Aaron Sele (9-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings — the third time in four starts that he failed to reach the fifth. The right-hander is 2-4 in his last eight starts with a 6.75 ERA, after becoming the first pitcher in club history to start a season 7-0.

“I gave up 10 singles. That’s part of baseball,” Sele said. “You try to make quality pitches, but at the same time, you need to get outs.”

All-Star right fielder Vladimir Guerrero was back in the Angels lineup, one night after getting beaned on the left side of the head by a pitch from Seattle’s Ryan Franklin. Guerrero, who was 1-for-4, hit his second triple of the season and scored on a groundout by Garret Anderson, trimming Seattle’s lead to 5-3 in the third.

The Angels learned before the game that they will play the rest of the season without second baseman Adam Kennedy, who tore ligaments in his right knee Monday night while trying to make a difficult play on Suzuki’s ground single up the middle.

Chone Figgins, who has started at six positions this season because of numerous injuries to Angels regulars, made his seventh start at second base. The first pitch of the game was a single up the middle off Figgins’ glove, leading to a three-run inning.

Suzuki scored on a bases-loaded grounder by Bret Boone, and Spiezio delivered the other two runs. He added an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, raising his RBIs total to 39.

Andres Galarraga, who has battled back twice from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, made his first start for the Angels at first base in place of slumping Darin Erstad and was 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

Notes: The Angels, who have been able to use their projected starting lineup only once all season, have had 43 different lineups in 151 games. … Suzuki is 12-for-19 (.623) against Sele, his highest average against any pitcher. … The Mariners, who last season became the first team since the 1966 Dodgers to use only five starting pitchers, have used 11 this season. Moyer is the only one with more than six wins. … Boone’s 23rd homer, in the ninth inning, gave the Mariners a leadoff hit in eight innings.[/b]

“If you ask me, this is one heck of an accomplishment that’s not getting the press it deserves. Is it because he’s not American?”

I think its because many people including myself don’t give a flying flip about baseball anymore. The strike in the mid 90’s finished me off. I don’t even watch the world series anymore.

Ichiro is amazing to watch, the guy is unreal at the plate… he is running to first about the same time he makes contact. Mariners are my team… I got hooked on them when I lived out there in 2001 (116 wins). I do several road trips a year to watch the M’s and I watch most games on the dish… although this year for obvious reasons I haven’t. In general, the Seattle teams don’t get a lot of press… the almighty east coas bias. You factor in that this team other than Ichiro is not very good this year. The SoDo Mojo is dead this year.

It amazes me this guy’s ability to put any pitch into fair play. Imagine if he had more discipline at the plate like Bonds. He could challenge .400.

[i]Originally posted by NinerPride[/i]@Sep 22 2004, 08:45 AM [b] "If you ask me, this is one heck of an accomplishment that's not getting the press it deserves. Is it because he's not American?"

I think its because many people including myself don’t give a flying flip about baseball anymore. The strike in the mid 90’s finished me off. I don’t even watch the world series anymore. [/b]


couldn’t have said it better myself. :confused:

That said, Ichiro is $$$ at the plate.

[b]If you ask me, this is one heck of an accomplishment that's not getting the press it deserves. Is it because he's not American?[/b]

I think it’s more to do with the fact that he doesn’t wear a Yankees’ jersey and he plays so far away from New York. Ichiro would already be nominated for the HoF if he wore a Yankee uniform. The media in New York blows up their players with excessive coverage, and they effectively cast out the Ichiros and Vlad Guererros because of their lack of covereage/caring. Seattle not being in the playoff race makes for even more apathy.

[i]Originally posted by ApexNiner[/i]@Sep 22 2004, 08:55 AM [b][img]http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/dayart/promos/159ichirowatch.gif[/img][/b]
4 more hits for Ichiro last night!

Unreal. Absolutely unreal.

Does anyone remember he got off to a bad start?
Imagine if he kept his post All-Star pace all season. 300 hits baby.

[i]Originally posted by NinerLoudNProud[/i]@Sep 23 2004, 12:49 PM [b] Unreal. Absolutely unreal.

Does anyone remember he got off to a bad start?
Imagine if he kept his post All-Star pace all season. 300 hits baby. [/b]


Yeah… someone traded him to me in the NN fantasy baseball league after his slow start. Sadly, it wasn’t enough to help my team past the first round of the playoffs.