Throughout the course of Major League Baseball history, fewer than 20 players recorded 50 four-hit games during their careers.
Only one of them played for the Miami Marlins. On this day five years ago, Ichiro Suzuki recorded the final four-hit game of his career in a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Starting in left field on May 23, 2016, Ichiro found himself hitting lead-off. With the Marlins down 2-0 when he came to bat in the bottom of the first, Ichiro’s single would jumpstart a three-run inning for the Marlins.
After Ichiro came around to score on Martin Prado’s double, Miami took the lead on a two-run single by Miguel Rojas.In his second at-bat, Ichiro singled with one out in the second. Brandon Guyer had homered for the Rays to tie the game in the top half of the inning. After a Marcell Ozuna home run in the third put the Marlins back on top 4-3, Ichiro doubled the lead on an RBI single in the fourth.
Tampa Bay tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. In the bottom of the inning, Ichiro record his only out of the night—a groundout to first. After the Rays took a 6-5 lead on an RBI double by Taylor Motter in the seventh, Ichiro came up in a clutch situation in the bottom of the eighth.
Following a sacrifice fly by Cole Gillespie to tie the game at six apiece, Ichiro came to the plate with a runner on and one out. On the second pitch he saw from reliever Enny Romero, Ichiro singled through the right side to move Adeiny Hechavarría to third base. Hechavarría would come home to score the winning run on an RBI groundout by Prado.
Miami closer AJ Ramos would work around a one-out single in the ninth to record the save.
In addition to Ichiro’s big night, Ozuna and Rojas each had three hits for the Marlins. Guyer and Steven Souza Jr. each tallied three hits for Tampa Bay in the loss.
Over the course of his career, Ichiro would record 53 four-hit games, including three as a member of the Marlins. The second in three days and final one of his career came on this day five years ago.