- By Mike Hartsock WHIO-TV Sports Director
Jose Siri didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak in Lansing on Wednesday night. The Dragons outfielder slammed the first pitch of the game over the left field wall, pushing the longest streak in baseball this season to 31 games.
The blast was Siri’s 17th home run of the season, and the 11th since the streak began on June 22nd. It was also the 10th time in the 31 games that Siri extended the streak in his first at-bat of the game.
The 22-year-old has only had three close calls during the streak, the closest of which came on July 4 at Bowling Green. Siri was hitless and due up seventh in the ninth inning. The Dragons sent eight batters to the plate and Siri kept the streak alive with single to right field.
Siri actually had a game during the streak without a hit but the streak stayed intact. On June 26th he came off the bench to pinch hit. He was intentionally walked so he never saw a pitch which, by rule, does not end a hitting streak if that is the players’ only at-bat of the game.
The 31-game streak is the third longest in the history of the Midwest League. Siri can equal the second longest streak with another hit in Lansing on Thursday. The league’s longest streak is 35 games in a row which was set back in 1977.