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Thursday September 23, 2010 10:54 pm

Ichiro makes MLB history and Jose Bautista makes Blue Jays history




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Felix HernandezIn Thursday’s historic game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, many fantastic accomplishments were achieved. Jose Bautista hit his 50th home run of the season, becoming just the 26th player ever to do so, as well as the first Blue Jay. Ichiro Suzuki rapped two hits, including a single to center field that was his 200th of the season, marking 10 straight years of 200-hits for Ichiro; the first time that’s ever been done by an MLB player. However, some achievements will fly under the radar: the pitching performances.

King Felix dropped to 12-12 on the season. The 1-0 final was decided by Bautista’s first-inning shot. Hernandez actually lowered his season ERA to 2.31 with a complete game two-hitter. It’s almost unfair that he pitches for the Mariners. On a team that had more than two guys hitting above .250, he might be close to 20 wins and a surefire candidate for a Cy Young Award rather than making voters question whether they can give the nod to a guy pitching for worst offensive team.

On the other side, Canadian Shawn Hill recorded his first win as a Blue Jay in three starts. He is now 1-2 thanks to five innings of work, but more impressively, Bautista’s solo homer now stands as the only run that Toronto hitters have given to Hill while he’s been on the mound. It seems like when Hill is pitching, the Blue Jays suffer from a form of Mariner-itis. Hill will probably never be considered for a Cy Young trophy, but he’ll always remember the day he beat the king in his hometown.

It was a good day for both sides, although the Mariners probably would have preferred a win. Individual accomplishments ruled the headlines, which is exactly how it should be at this time of year for a pair of teams out of contention. The players simply need to pad their stats or give way to the younger guys. Now that Ichiro and Bautista have their milestones taken care of, we can give our full attention to the Hernandez’s and Hill’s of the game.

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