Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Ethier sets April hit streak record
With his RBI double in the first inning Tuesday, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier extended his hit streak to 23 straight games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the longest hit streak in April in MLB history.
Ethier broke the record of 22 games set by Joe Torre in 1972. It's the longest hit streak by a Dodger since Paul LoDuca's 25-game streak in 2003.
Ethier is now hitting .386 (34-for-88) this month, including a scorching .407 (11-for-27) the last week.
Elsewhere around the diamond:
• Paul Konerko hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning as the White Sox won consecutive games for the first time since April 9-10. The home run was Konerko's 15th career go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Konerko now has 10 home runs in the Bronx, all of which have come as a member of the White Sox. That's the third-most home runs for a White Sox player at the old-or-new Yankee Stadiums, behind Joe Kuhel (16) and Harold Baines (11).
• Rafael Soriano’s struggles continued for the Yankees, allowing two runs in one inning of work Tuesday. He has now allowed 9 earned runs in 10⅓ innings this year (allowed 12 ER in 62⅓ IP last year). This is the third time this season that Soriano has allowed multiple runs in a game -- he only had two such outings in 2010.
• The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season. The Brewers had lost 19 of their last 22 against the Reds.
Ryan Braun has reached base in 23 straight games to start the season, tying Robin Yount's team record set in 1983. Additionally, Braun and teammate Prince Fielder homered in the same game for the 28th time since Braun broke into the majors in 2007 -- the most by teammates over that span, according to Elias.
• With a win against the Kansas City Royals, Justin Masterson (6 IP, 3 ER) became just the third Cleveland Indians pitcher to win each of his first five starts with an ERA under 2.20, joining Cliff Lee (2008) and Bob Lemon (1955), according to Elias. Masterson now is 5-0 against the Royals.
• Zach Britton (4-1) allowed one run in six innings in a win against the Boston Red Sox. He is the first Orioles rookie to win four games in April since Willis Roberts in 2001. According to Elias, he's also the first Orioles pitcher with at least four wins in his first five career starts since Wally Bunker in 1964.
• In his third win of the season, Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez got at least six runs of support for the third time this season in six starts. Last season, the Mariners scored at least six runs in only three of Hernandez's 34 starts.