Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Andre Ethier extends hit streak
By Tony Jackson
MIAMI -- One day after breaking the record for longest April hitting streak, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier extended it to 24 games, the longest in the majors in two seasons.
Ethier stroked a one-out single to center field off Florida Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez in the fourth inning on Wednesday afternoon.
But he wasn't done by a long shot. Ethier added a 10th inning home run that won it for the Dodgers 5-4. He finished 2 for 5 with the RBI and scored two runs.
"I'm just trying to do what the situation calls for," Ethier said.
Ethier's streak is now tied with that of former Dodgers center fielder John Shelby in 1988 for the fifth-longest since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The last Dodgers player to have a longer streak was Paul Lo Duca, who hit in 25 consecutive games in 2003.
Ethier's streak is the longest in the majors since Victor Martinez, then with the Boston Red Sox, hit in 25 consecutive games from Aug. 28-Sept. 26, 2009.
Ethier broke the April mark of former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who hit in 22 consecutive games for the St. Louis Cardinals on his way to winning the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1971.
Through that fourth-inning at-bat, Ethier was batting .411 (37 for 90) during the streak.
"I'm taking it all in," he said before Tuesday's game, according to MLB.com. "I'm not sitting there ignoring it. I just go out and execute and do whatever the task calls for. There aren't many chances in a major league career to do something like this. I've gotten to the point in my career I can enjoy and have fun with it."
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.