Ichiro plays pocket ball
Ichiro Suzuki is going so good he can get hits anywhere, even in a pitcher’s shirt.
In one of the most bizarre scenes you will ever see, Suzuki got a single with one out in the third inning Friday night at Yankee Stadium on a ball that bounced into the jersey of Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker, a sight that gave new meaning to the hidden-ball trick.
Ichiro was coming off a three-game series against the Blue Jays when he had 9-for-12 (.750) with four runs, three doubles, one home run, four RBI and four stolen bases. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that Suzuki became the first player in franchise history to get nine hits, one home run and four stolen bases in a series of three or fewer games. He was the first major leaguer with such a series since the Rockies’ Ellis Burks in September 1996 at Denver’s Coors Field against the Braves.