Shortstop Brandon Crawford was again the executioner of the Miami Marlins when he hit a home run with which the San Francisco Giants whited the Miami Marlins 1-0 in the game that Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki beat legendary Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente at hitting his unstoppable 3,001 in the Major Leagues.
Two days after battering them with seven hits, Crawford hit a solo shot that was all his offense needed to clinch the win at Miami’s Marlins Park.
Crawford homered in the fourth inning off starter David Phelps and the Giants won their first series since the All-Star break.
The Giants shortstop tied an NL record with seven hits in Game 1 of the three-game series.
In the latter, he sent San Francisco ahead with his 11th home run of the season.
The Giants went 4-5 on the road and improved to 8-16 since the All-Star Game. They entered the day tied for the lead in the NL West with the Dodgers, who play today against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Starter Jeff Samardzija (10-8) pitched 5 2/3 innings to beat former Notre Dame teammate Phelps. Samardzija had lost all three of his previous starts.
The four relievers, including the Dominican closer Santiago Casilla, were in charge of working the other four episodes without allowing annotation.
Casilla pitched the ninth to give up one hit and get two strikeouts that left him with his twenty-sixth save so far this season and a 2.78 ERA.
The loss went to Phelps (5-6), who worked five full innings in which he gave up four hits and an earned run, gave three walks and fanned five rival batters to leave 2.40 the earned scoring average he has allowed.
Despite the Marlins’ loss, fans of the Miami team had the opportunity to watch as the 42-year-old Suzuki hit a single to left field in the fifth inning that allowed him to establish another record in the Major Leagues.
Ichiro reached 3,001 career hits with a line drive off right-hander Samardzija and the Japanese outfielder surpassed Roberto Clemente on the all-time list for 29th place on the all-time hits list. .
Now that Ichiro has passed Clemente (3,000) in hits, next on the list are Al Kaline (3,007) and Wade Boggs (3,010).
Last Sunday, the Japanese slugger joined the 3,000-hit club with a triple in the seventh inning in the last game of the three-game series that the Marlins played against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.