posted on Sep, 5 2004 @ 09:44 AM
So, what do you throw this guy?
CHICAGO (AP) — Teams have no idea how to pitch to Ichiro Suzuki these days.
Ichiro Suzuki swings for one of his five singles against the White Sox on Saturday. The Mariners outfielder needs 35 hits to set the season record.
Jeff Roberson, AP
"He's got everybody in the other dugout shaking their heads," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said.
"It's almost laughable."
Suzuki went 5-for-5, but Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to an 8-7 win over
the Mariners on Saturday night.
Suzuki leads the majors with 223 hits, 35 from breaking the season record set in 1920 by Hall of Famer George Sisler. The Mariners have 27 games
remaining in their 162-game season.
Sisler played all 154 games for the St. Louis Browns during his record year.
Suzuki, whose is batting .379, has had five or more hits in a game three times — all this season. He has 20 hits in his last seven games and has
upped his average since the All-Star break from .321.
"You pitch the guy wide, inside, up or down and it doesn't matter," said Buehrle, who allowed four of Suzuki's five singles. (Related item: Game
"He didn't hit the ball hard — it barely got out of the infield — and he's still 5-for-5."
Suzuki has had five or more hits in a game three times — all this season. He has two or more hits in six of his last seven games.
Buehrle (13-8), who left after seven innings with an 8-3 lead, even lobbed an eephus pitch to start Suzuki's seventh-inning at-bat.
"In Japan, I saw that a lot," Suzuki said through a translator. "But here, it's probably the first time."
After Suzuki's fifth hit in the ninth, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
"To give an ovation to an opposing player, I think they really love the game," Suzuki said. "It really made me feel good to see that