It’s easy to take a player like Ichiro Suzuki for granted, like when he rolls off 10 consecutive months of hitting .300 or better – and the last month in which he didn’t hit .300, he batted .298 (September, ’08).
That streak will end tonight, because in his first 27 games in July, Ichiro has batted .246 (28-for-114).
The Mariners wouldn’t mind ending another streak – their current five-game losing streak. Felix Hernandez will likely give them the chance to do so, but his teammates will have to play defense and score runs – something they haven’t done in combination lately.
- Alexi Casilla tripled when his ball into the corner got by Michael Sanders. Joe Mauer singled him home. Delmon Young tripled Mauer home. Jim Thome doubled Young home. Michael Cuddyer was safe on Matt Tuiasosopo’s error. Jason Kubel grounded into a double play. In the first: Minnesota 3, Seattle 0.
- Through five innings, the Mariners have manaaged two hits against Kevin Slowey, and haven’t come close to scoring. Felix has held the Twins to those three first-inning runs, but they’re looking larger and larger. Minnesota may not be out of range yet, but they’re close.
- How tough is Slowey? He’s struck Ichiro out in three consecutive at-bats – just the third time that’s happened in Ichiro’s career. Yikes!
- After 99 pitches, Felix was lifted after seven innings. Now pitching for Seattle: Jamey Wright. Twins immediately scored an insurance run. In the eighth: Minnesota 4, Seattle 0.
- It’s a final: Minnesota 4, Seattle 0.