Minor-leaguer’s hit streak ends at 45 games
July 11, 2009
MODESTO – High Desert’s Jamie McOwen had his hitting streak ended Friday night at 45 games, the eighth-longest run in minor league history.
McOwen went 0 for 3 with a walk in the Mavericks’ 2-0 loss at Modesto. Needing a hit to extend the streak, McOwen struck out in his final at-bat in the ninth inning.
Seven previous times during the streak, McOwen had extended it in his last at-bat. The 2007 sixth-round draft pick had a hit in every game in which he played for Seattle’s Class A California League affiliate since May 10.
It was the minors’ longest streak since Waco’s Roman Mejias hit in 55 straight games in 1954. Wichita’s Joe Wilhoit set the minor league mark with a 69-game streak in 1919.
“It’s something I’m having fun with,” McOwen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview before the game Friday night. “I’m not going to make it a burden or not talk about it. When it ends, it ends. But right now, it’s going good, so I’m having a great time with it.”
McOwen set the California League record a few weeks ago when he hit in his 36th straight game. The left-handed hitting outfielder hit .398 with three homers, five triples, six doubles and 34 RBIs during the streak.
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He bunted into a forceout in the first, walked in the fourth and grounded into a double play in the sixth. With a runner on and no outs in the ninth, McOwen struck out swinging.