Altuve played as second baseman in the 2023 major league match against the Seattle Mariners held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on the 20th (Korean time) and recorded 3 hits and 2 strikeouts in 5 at-bats.
Altuve got a hit in his first at-bat. Logan 바카라 Gilbert’s first pitch, a four-seam fastball, came in high. The ball was far out of the strike zone, but Altuve swung the bat and made it a hit. Later, Alex Bregman walked and got a chance to score, but Jordan Alvarez struck out. Then, Chas McCormick’s double stroke failed to score.
After striking out in his second at-bat, Altuve set a record in his third at-bat. In the bottom of the fifth he entered the plate as the leadoff batter and made up a hit against Gilbert. It was the 2,000th hit of Altuve’s career. Altuve’s ball hit the left wall and came out. Altuve sprinted to second base, but was tagged out at second base. But he was congratulated by the home fans and he headed to the dugout.
Altuve hit in his fourth at-bat to complete the game’s three-hit game. In the last at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, he struck out. The game ended with Seattle winning 10-3
According to MLB.com, the official MLB website, Altuve said after the game, “I know it’s not good because I lost today, but I’m really happy. Thank you to my teammates, family and God.” said.
Altuve became the third 2,000-hit hero in Houston franchise history. He is the seventh active player and the only player who debuted in 2011 or later to record 2000 hits. He is also the 10th Venezuelan player of all time to hit 2000 hits.
Altuve first stepped on the big league stage in Houston in 2011 and has been active in Houston for 13 seasons. He also recorded 200 hits for four consecutive seasons starting in the 2014 season, and was an All-Star 8 times, Silver Slugger 6 times, American League MVP 1 time, and World Series championship 2 times. His career record is 1631 games, 2001 hits, 201 home runs, 725 RBIs, 1030 runs batted in, 0.307 OPS, 0.834 OPS.
“It’s really nice to have my name listed alongside other players from Venezuela,” Altuve said. It’s a long way,” he said.