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Ichiro’s Streak Of 1-Hit Games Ends At 12

Being a Yankees fan, I would have liked to see Ichiro Suzuki’s streak of consecutive one-hit games to end with, oh, I don’t know, a two-hit game. Maybe a three-hit game? But then I realize that this is the current-day Ichiro, who has five multi-hit games in the past five weeks. And when current-day Ichiro matched up against current-day Justin Verlander on Monday, you figured a goose egg wasn’t far behind.

Indeed, Ichiro did go 0-for-4. His 12-game streak of recording exactly one hit was baseball’s longest such streak since 2006, when the Dodgers’ Willy Aybar did it for 13 games. Or rather, Willy Aybar.

Ichiro also struck out three times on the night, just his second such game of the season. Before Monday, Ichiro hadn’t K’d in his previous 13 games. A handful of players have put together longer streaks this seasons, and it was the third-longest streak of Ichiro’s career. He went 15 games without a strikeout during the 2004 and 2008 season.

Ichiro has now struck out 12 times versus Verlander in 55 career at-bats. Only John Lackey (16 Ks in 102 ABs) and Scot Shields (14 Ks in somehow just 36 ABs) have struck out Ichiro more.

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