Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Updated: May 4, 10:22 AM ET
Andre Ethier runs hit streak to 29
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 29 games, the longest in the major leagues in almost two years, with a bloop single just over the glove of leaping Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning on Tuesday night.
The hit came off Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster.
"He's one of the premiere players in the game, and he's only getting better," Dodgers second baseman Aaron Miles said after the Dodgers lost 4-1. "His confidence level is as high as it can be. He knows all the pitchers in the league well now, so he's got knowledge of them. So he's got that library of knowledge to fall back on, and how guys are going to try to attack him."
The hit was Ethier's eighth in 21 career-at-bats against Dempster to that point.
Ethier tied Zack Wheat, who hit safely in 29 in a row in 1916, for the second-longest hitting streak in Dodgers history. He is now two shy of the all-time franchise mark of 31 set by Willie Davis in 1969.
Ethier's streak is the longest in the majors since Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals hit in 30 consecutive games from April 8-May 12, 2009.
A hit by Ethier in his next game would make him the 44th major leaguer in the modern era (since 1900) with a streak of at least 30 games. The All-Star right fielder has gone hitless in only one of the team's first 31 games.
Ethier remains 15 games shy of the National League record of 44 consecutive games set by Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds in 1978.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.