TORONTO | On a day of milestone hits, Jose Bautista’s big shot won the game.
Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki also became the first player with 10 straight 200-hit seasons, breaking his own record with a fifth-inning single.
“It’s really a big honor to be put in that elite group of hitters,” Bautista said. “To tell you the truth, I really haven’t let it sink in yet, I haven’t thought about it too much. Once I do that, then I’ll probably have more feelings to describe. Right now I’m really honored and happy.”
After fouling back a 2-0 pitch, Bautista hammered the next one into the left-field bullpen.
“That’s what happens when you get behind in the count,” Hernandez said.
All 50 of Bautista’s homers have been to left or left center. He exchanged hugs and fist bumps with his teammates before coming out of the dugout for a curtain call and trying to get the attention of his parents, who were in the crowd.
“I tried to wave at them,” Bautista said. “Everybody was standing up so I don’t think they could see me.”
“It’s obviously a pretty historic game,” Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells said. “Ichiro is the pretty much the staple of consistency for what he’s able to do year in and year out. For Jose, it’s pretty neat to watch one of your teammates hit 50 home runs in a season.”
In a difficult season for the Mariners, Suzuki wasn’t sure how his teammates would react. They came to the top step of the dugout to applaud him, and he responded by stepping off to tip his cap as the crowd of 12,590 gave him a standing ovation.View Entire Story
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