Ichiro Suzuki tries to avoid a tag in the third inning. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
By Jim Street / MLB.com
With the Mariners one out from defeat and Felix Hernandez's complete game seemingly gone to waste, Ichiro Suzuki delivered his first career walk-off homer, stunning Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a two-run shot to right to give AL Cy Young hopeful Hernandez his 16th victory.
a-Struck out for Johnson, Ro in the 9th. b-Doubled for Wilson, Jo in the 9th. 1-Ran for Sweeney, M
in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Gutierrez, F (20, Burnett, AJ), Hall (19, Burnett, AJ), Sweeney, M (15, Rivera). HR: Suzuki, I (10, 9th inning off Rivera, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Hall 2; Lopez, Jo; Suzuki, I 7; Sweeney, M 2; Gutierrez, F 3. RBI: Lopez, Jo (90), Suzuki, I 2 (43). 2-out RBI: Suzuki, I 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Beltre, A; Hall; Johnson, Ro. Team RISP: 2-for-7. Team
BASERUNNING CS: Suzuki, I (9, 2nd base by Burnett, AJ/Molina, J). PO: Suzuki, I 2 (1st base by Burnett, AJ, 1st base by Burnett, AJ).
Game Scores: Burnett, AJ , Hernandez, F . WP: Hernandez, F. HBP: Johnson, Ro (by Burnett, AJ). Pitches-strikes: Burnett, AJ 104-66, Hughes, P 16-13, Rivera 14-11, Hernandez, F 104-65. Groundouts-flyouts: Burnett, AJ 6-4, Hughes, P 1-0, Rivera 0-0, Hernandez, F 14-6. Batters faced: Burnett, AJ 30, Hughes, P 3, Rivera 4, Hernandez, F 34. Umpires: HP: Eric Cooper.
1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Chuck Meriwether. 3B: Laz Diaz. Weather: 70 degrees, clear. Wind: 2 mph, Out to
LF. T: 2:32. Att: 28,934. Venue: Safeco Field. September 18, 2009 September 18, 2009
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