Ichiro leaves Seattle fans cheering with HR in last at bat

Ichiro leaves Seattle fans cheering with HR in last at bat

Ichiro leaves Seattle fans cheering with HR in last at bat

In what many believe could be his final at-bat at Safeco Field, the place he became a Major League Baseball icon, Ichiro Suzuki did, as Yelich remarked, what special players do.

The storyline of the game was Ichiro's return to Seattle, which was well received with a pre-game ceremony honoring him as a member of the 3,000 hit club and standing ovations throughout.

Wednesday afternoon, future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki and his Miami Marlins teammates wrapped up a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field (SEA 10, MIA 5).

"He deserves everything he gets", Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "I saw the ball go over the fence, and I had to pinch myself to make sure that really happened".

"You know it's been three years since I've been back", Suzuki said through a translator.

"I love Ichiro", the fan, Kevin Shannon, said (via MLB.com).

Now 31, his walk rate each of the last four seasons has risen while his velocity sits in the 90-92 range.

The Mariners added two runs in the fourth. The best contact Seattle made came in the fifth inning when Kyle Seager hit a one-hopper back up the middle that shortstop JT Riddle gloved and threw to first.

Senior defender Erin Russell threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the rest of the team got to take pictures on the field before the game.

"He deserves everything he gets", Mattingly said.

He had allowed no hits with two strikeouts and two walks when Marlins manager Don Mattingly replaced him on the mound in the eighth inning with Brad Ziegler, who pitched a ideal eighth. The left-hander gave up three home runs in six innings on April 8.

"Of course he did that", Miami's Christian Yelich said. "Thank God, it did and we got him".

Miguel Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning to win a road start for the first time in two years, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Yankees 4-1 to stop New York's eight-game winning streak.

METS 5, PHILLIES 4: Jay Bruce homered twice and drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth as NY ended its four-game losing streak.

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