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This series win felt pretty huge. We probably won't specifically remember it come late September, but winning a series against a Wild Card competitor like St. Louis could make all the difference between making and missing the playoffs.

 

 

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It is/was nice to see other teams respect the Future Hall of Famer who is a Marlin. And it happened in St. Louis

 

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com | @JoeFrisaro | July 17th, 2016

 

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ST. LOUIS -- In terms of the big picture, it was just three games and four total hits, but the Marlins' series at Busch Stadium turned into a memorable one for Ichiro Suzuki.

 

The 42-year-old outfielder moved three steps closer to reaching 3,000 Major League hits on Sunday in Miami's 6-3 win over the Cardinals, going 3-for-4 to give him 2,994 for his career. But what made the weekend special is how the St. Louis crowd responded each time the iconic outfielder from Japan stepped to the plate.

 

"It's a special place and special fans and a special experience," Ichiro said through his interpreter.

 

The warm reception started on Friday night, when Ichiro stepped in as a pinch-hitter. Catcher Yadier Molina walked away from the plate to give Ichiro his moment, and for a few seconds, the spotlight was on the veteran outfielder who was showered with cheers.

 

A similar situation occurred on Saturday when Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright stepped off the mound in a moment of respect, as fans again applauded Ichiro entering to pinch-hit.

 

On Sunday, Ichiro started in center field and led off, and the fans again responded favorably.

 

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Ichiro's 2,992nd hit

 

MIA@STL: Ichiro moves a step closer to 3,000 hits

Ichiro Suzuki leads the game off with a single to center field, needing only eight more hits to reach 3,000 for his career

"It's three games that I'll probably never forget," Ichiro said. "Obviously, the fans, and what Molina did and Wainwright did, I don't think I could have experienced something like this unless it was here in St. Louis.

 

"I got all that ovation, and the fact Wainwright would do that, it was hard for me to look at them as the enemy. It was an overall great experience."

 

On Sunday, Ichiro wasted little time continuing his pursuit of 3,000. Leading off the game, he set the tone for Miami with a single off Michael Wacha.

 

Ichiro didn't stop there, slicing an opposite-field double in the sixth and an infield single to short in the eighth to give him 2,994 MLB hits.

 

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Suzuki's 2,993rd hit

 

MIA@STL: Suzuki inches closer to the 3,000 hit mark

Ichiro Suzuki hits a double to left field off Matt Bowman, the 2,993rd hit of his career

Ichiro thought he had hit No. 2,993 in the third by beating out a tapper to shortstop. But the Cardinals challenged the safe call, and after a review of 57 seconds, it was overturned and Ichiro was ruled out.

 

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Diaz throws out Ichiro

 

MIA@STL: Diaz nabs Ichiro after call overturned

Aledmys Diaz throws to first to retire Ichiro Suzuki after the Cardinals challenge and the call is overturned in the top of the 3rd

Ichiro made his first start since July 2 at Atlanta. The Marlins aren't forcing the issue with his playing time because Ichiro's ideal role is fourth outfielder, getting spot starts and pinch-hit opportunities.

 

Ichiro got the starting nod in place of center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who was given a day off. Ozuna started in center for the National League in the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday.

 

But with a day game on Sunday, and the fact Ozuna competed in the All-Star Game, it was an opportunity to get Ichiro in the lineup.

 

"He's been doing this for us all year long," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's easier to give guys a day. Marcell, obviously, it's kind of funny giving him a day two days after the break. He's a guy who went to the All-Star Game and played in it. Obviously, a lot of activity, and he played it in for the first time."

 

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Suzuki's 2,994th hit

 

MIA@STL: Suzuki pulls within six hits of 3,000

Ichiro Suzuki hits a single off Kevin Siegrist, putting him six hits away from the 3,000-career-hits milestone

Ichiro contributed in both Marlins victories in the series, delivering a pinch-hit single in Friday's 7-6 win, in addition to his two singles and a double on Sunday.

 

"Obviously, the wins are huge for us," Ichiro said. "The way we won, just the way we came back. Obviously, towards the end of the year, you're going to have to play those tough games. I don't think we've had games like this where we've won this type of way earlier in the year. So I think this was a great experience for us, just the way we were able to win the games."

 

 

 

 

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I bet Das was applauding the Marlins front office yesterday for taking the series. Cardinals fans are all class. 

 

Fuck the Marlin front office.

 

They were the better team this weekend.  We are a terrible team at home this year for whatever reason.  Can't win every year I guess.

 

 

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