A’s get win on Ichiro’s big day
Ichiro’s 2,000th hit was overshadowed by the go-ahead grand slam Hairston hit in the seventh inning to help the Oakland
Suzuki reached the milestone on a double in the first inning against
“I was very clueless to what happened,” Gonzalez said. “He’s the first batter, I tried to go inside and he gets a leadoff hit. He did his job and I congratulate him.”
Hairston popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against Seattle starter
“He’s been struggling lately but the ball jumps off his bat,”
Hairston made an impression on Geren when he homered twice in a spring training game.
“It was kind of our introduction to him,” said Geren. “It was ‘Wow, who is that?’ Little did we know then he’d be with us a few months later.”
Fister lasted five innings, giving up a run on six hits before leaving after developing a blister.
“He developed it about the third inning and he did a good job of getting through five,”
Suzuki, who has a 17-game hitting streak against the
“No matter what the situation is I want to get a hit as early as possible,” Suzuki said through an interpreter. “Personally it’s not a big surprise, but looking back to my first spring training when I was criticized, it does have meaning now.”
“I knew he could play baseball and he’s just fun to watch,”
Even before the ball fell in front of the Seattle bullpen, fans stood to cheer Ichiro, who led off a game with a hit for the 215th time.
“He’s a special player,” Wakamatsu said. “He’ll continue to tack on record after record as long as he stays healthy.”
Suzuki has 128 hits in Oakland, his favorite road park. His 227 hits against the
Suzuki, the 259th player to reach the milestone, went 1 for 4 and needs five more hits for 200 on the season, which would break the record he shares with Willie Keeler at nine consecutive seasons with 200.