Friday, April 29, 2011
Andre Ethier extends streak
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' Andre Ethier has extended his major league record for the longest April hitting streak to 25 games.
The right fielder doubled with two out in the fifth inning Friday night against San Diego's Clayton Richard, a left-hander he had only one hit in 15 career at-bats against to that point.
"I guess the purpose of making a count of it is because of the record that stands," Ethier said before the game. "But that record that stands, no one is ever going to pass that. It's crazy. To be locked in and getting hits for three weeks is tough. To be doing it for a quarter of a season is crazy.
"More than anything, I'm just enjoying it. If I got out and do my job and get hits, I add to it. If I don't then, 'Oh well.'
"Hopefully we keep winning on a regular basis and give ourselves something more to talk about."
The streak ties Paul Lo Duca and Steve Sax for the longest by a Dodgers player since Willie Davis' franchise-record 31-game stretch in 1969. Davis also had a 25-game hitting streak in 1971.
ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne contributed to this report.