SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki's franchise-record 27-game hitting streak came to an end Friday night at Safeco Field when the right fielder went 0-for-4 and reached base only once, on a walk in the third inning, in the Mariners' 2-1 loss to Minnesota.
Longest Hitting Streaks
|May 6 - June 5||27|
|May 7 - June 1, 2007||25|
|April 22 - May 18, 2001||23|
|July 4 - 29, 2004||21 |
|August 3 - 24, 2001||21|
|May 30 - June 21, 2006||20 |
|Sept. 20, 2004-April 11, 2005||20|
Ichiro flied out to center field in his first at-bat against Twins lefty Francisco Liriano, walked in the third, and grounded out to second base in the fifth inning and again in the seventh against southpaw Jose Mijares.
All in all, Ichiro batted .398 (56-for-152) during the streak, which began May 6 and is the longest of his Major League career. The streak included 12 multi-hit games and is the second-longest in the Majors this year (behind only Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals' 30-game streak) and the 11th-longest hitting streak since 2000.
When asked if he'll start up a new streak Saturday against the Twins, Ichiro was all business in his response through interpreter Ken Barron.
"It's only natural to want to have good results," he said.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.