Ichiro Suzuki, who collected a game-high five RBIs, highlighted both rallies, driving in two runs with a single in the eighth and doubling home two more to cap New York’s ninth-inning assault.
Seventeen games into his Yankees career, Suzuki is 18-for-67 (.269) with one home run, four doubles, 11 RBIs and one walk. He has scored four runs, stolen three bases (caught stealing twice) and reached base four times after being struck by a pitch.
The 12-year veteran clearly needs to increase his on-base percentage. It stands at .300 as a Yankee and .290 in 2012 overall, which is 75 points lower than his career on-base percentage (.365).
Suzuki’s numbers over his last four games are significantly better. In that stretch–which covers the Yankees’ last three contests in Detroit this week and Friday’s series opener in Toronto–he’s hitting .353 (6-for-17) with a pair of doubles and nine RBIs, and has an on-base percentage of .389….