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Watson's International League-record streak ends at 43 games

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Brandon Watson's International
League-record hitting streak was snapped at 43 games Monday night
after he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Columbus' 6-0
victory over Rochester.

"It was fun while it lasted," Watson said. "It wasn't going
to last forever."

Watson singled off J.D. Durbin in the sixth inning Sunday at
Ottawa, extending his streak to 43 games and breaking the league
mark set in 1912 by Jack Lelivelt of the Rochester Hustlers.

Watson had a hit in every game since May 1, batting .360 during
the streak.

The minor league record is 69 games, set by outfielder Joe
Wilhoit of Wichita of the independent Western League in 1919.

The Clippers are the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate.