After collecting his second of three hits on the day against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon, Nick Markakis of the Baltimore Orioles moved halfway to the heralded 3,000-hit mark by racking up career base knock No. 1,500, per a tweet from the Orioles' official Twitter account.
Markakis led off the game with a solo home run, which proved to be the only run that entire afternoon. He reached the aforementioned milestone with a single in the third inning before tacking on a sixth-inning double for good measure.
The Orioles' right fielder proceeded to record back-to-back multi-hit games on Monday and Tuesday as well, leaving him with 1,505 career hits entering Thursday's action.
Markakis has played all nine of his major league seasons with the Orioles since his rookie year in 2006, with his highest hit total (191) coming during the 2007 campaign. Other than in his first taste of the majors and an injury-shortened 2012, the 30-year-old has eclipsed 170 total hits in each year, which he's on pace to accomplish again in 2014.
The former Gold Glove winner is the third Orioles outfielder to have recorded 1,500 hits and is now just three base knocks away from matching William "Baby Doll" Jacobson on the franchise list, per MLB.com. Currently, Brady Anderson's 1,614 hits top all Baltimore outfielders.
Markakis, who already has four multi-hit showings in six August games, will carry a .287/.350/.401 slash line into Thursday's showdown with their division rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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