Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki on Sunday extended his hitting streak to eight games, tying his season high (also April 22-30). During the streak, he is 16-for-34 (.471) with nine runs scored, four doubles, one triple, one RBI, and four stolen bases.
Second baseman Dustin Ackley on Sunday hit his first career big league triple and has now hit safely in all three games since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. He scored his second Major Leage run off Adam Kennedy's two-out RBI single in the sixth inning.
Seattle outfielders have rallied to hit a combined .295 in the last week to lift their cumulative season average from .218 to .226, significant because no team since 1974 has had an outfield batting average lower than .221.Nationals: Rodriguez out to break the all-Pudge tie
Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez took Sunday off and will be seeking to break his tie with Carlton (Pudge) Fisk on the all-time RBIs list, at 1,330. That is the fifth most among players with a minimum of 1,000 games at catcher. Yogi Berra leads with 1,430, followed by Ted Simmons (1,389), Johnny Bench (1,376) and Mike Piazza (1,335). The Nationals had a weird day in the field on Sunday, tying their season high with four double plays -- and also with three errors. Worth noting
Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak leads the team in two-out RBIs with 20 and with seven game-winning RBIs.
The Interleague series between the Orioles and the Nationals -- the so-called Battle of the Beltways -- lived up to its competitive reputation with the Nats' inability to complete a sweep. Each team has claimed only one series sweep, both at Camden Yards. The Nationals, nee Expos, do not have a home sweep of the O's since June 2-4, 2000, in Montreal's Olympic Stadium.