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5/9/2010: Hideki Matsui drives in his 1,500th run (NPB + MLB combined)

by on May.09, 2010 @ 3:16 pm, under MLB

Games from the 8th:

Angels 4 - Mariners 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-5: fly out to center, single to left, fly out to left, fly out to center, RBI single to left.

The run Matsui drove in was his 1,500 RBI (NPB + MLB combined) of his career.  It came in the top of the 10th with with Bobby Abreu at second and Kendry Morales on first, and David Aardsma on the mound for the Angels.  The breakdown is 889 with the Yomiuri Giants, 597 with the New York Yankees, and 14 with the Anaheim Angels.

Prior to recording his first hit of the game, a single to left in the 4th, Matsui had gone 16 consecutive ABs without a hit.

Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to short, infield single, 2-run triple to left, ground out to short, walk.

Orioles 7 - Twins 3
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 9th, with the score 7-3, and tossed a shutout inning of relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Reds 14 - Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-3: strike out looking, single to center, ground out to second.  Fukudome was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 7th.

Padres 2 - Astros 1
Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to short, ground out to short, ground out to short.  Matsui also stole his first base in the 8th (he avoided a double play by getting to first before the throw).

Braves 4 - Phillies 1
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th with the Braves up by two.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Mets 5 - Giants 4
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 11th, with the score tied at 4, and picked up his second victory of the season with one shutout inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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Akinori Iwamura was given the day off.

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Ryohei Tanaka started a AA game against the Trenton Thunder and fell to 2-3 on the year.  Final line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.

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Toshihisa Nishi's last few games:

5/4 vs the Bridgeport Bluefish - started at second and batted second, 1-for-5

5/5 vs the Bridgeport Bluefish - started at second and batted second, 1-for-5

5/6 vs the Bridgeport Bluefish - entered the game part-way through in the 5 hole, 0-for-2

5/7 vs the Camden Riversharks - started at second and batted 9th, 0-for-3

5/8 vs the Camden Riversharks - started at second and batted 9th, 0-for-4