One at bat after making himself $400,000 richer, Ichiro Suzuki tied Ty Cobb's mark for career hits.
Suzuki triggered a performance incentive in his contract with his second at bat Friday in St. Louis. That gave him 300 plate appearances for the season. Suzuki's contract ($2 million base salary) with the Marlins calls for him to get bonus payments of $400,000 for 300 plate appearances, and every 50 plate appearances thereafter up to 600.
Just after reaching that threshold, Ichiro tied Cobb with his 4,191st hit. Suzuki's total, of course, includes the 1,278 hits he recorded in Japan.
And then there was one...
Matt Kemp became the first player for the San Diego Padres to hit for the cycle, leaving the Marlins as the only team in the majors without one. Kemp accomplished the feat with a ninth-inning triple on Friday.
The Padres have been around 47 years, so their drought was twice as long as the Marlins.
There have been 201 instances in which the Marlins have had a player came up one hit shy of the accomplishment. Four of those belonged to players (Gary Sheffield, Omar Infante, Dan Uggla and Josh Willingham) who were tripped up by the lack of a single.