Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mariners Fan Who Caught Ichiro's Homer Gets Signed Bat

Mariners Fan Who Caught Ichiro's Homer Gets Signed Bat

The Seattle victory came despite an impressive showing by Miami outfielders Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton, who each hit long home runs off of Mariners starter Felix Hernandez. In an outing that produced that inflated ERA, Chen allowed 6 runs in just three innings and forced Miami relievers to pitch 13 more frames.

Chen was in total control, throwing 64 of his 100 pitches for strikes and flummoxing the Mariners hitters with his curveball and changeup. 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.

Athletics 9, Rangers 1: Khris Davis hit his seventh home run of the season, Yonder Alonso and Chad Pinder also went deep. And it could be the final time Suzuki appears at Safeco, the stadium he called home for the first 11½ seasons of his Major League Baseball career, unless he changes teams or the Marlins and Mariners meet in the World Series.

Taylor Motter's third home run, a one-out-shot into the second deck in left in the sixth, pushed the lead to 6-0. Seattle OF Mitch Haniger's second inning single extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Suzuki jumped on a fastball from Evan Marshall that had just enough to clear the fence in right field as Haniger watched.

Ichiro Suzuki received a rousing ovation for his first at-bat in Safeco Field as a member of the 3,000-hit club. 3B Martin Prado was out of the lineup after leaving Monday's game with a calf cramp.

72/3 innings to overcame a dominating performance by rookie Amir Garrett (2-1), who struck out 12 in seven innings. Chen was pulled after seven, and Ziegler got three groundouts to complete the eighth.

The Mariners used a four-game win streak to mitigate some of the damage of the 2-8 start. The right-hander improved from his first career start Friday against Kansas City where he was tagged for five runs in five innings. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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