Ethier pushes hitting streak to 29 games
Dodgers star ties second-longest run in franchise history
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 29 games Tuesday night with a fourth-inning single off the Cubs' Ryan Dempster in the Dodgers' 4-1 loss.
It is the second-longest streak in Los Angeles Dodgers history behind Willie Davis' 31-game streak in 1969 and tied Zack Wheat's 1916 streak for the second longest in franchise history. The last Major Leaguer with a longer streak was the 30-game run by the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman in 2009.
"Zack who? Zack Wheat? Hadn't heard that name," Ethier said. "Pretty neat, but it's still not about the point of trying to win the game and execute. We didn't do that tonight."
Ethier did, however, lift a 1-2 splitter just over the leap of second baseman Darwin Barney and into right field leading off the inning of a scoreless game.
"I didn't get it down enough," Dempster said of the splitter. "He's kind of hot right now."
Ethier was really hot after his first-inning at-bat. Dempster had walked Jamey Carroll and Jerry Sands on four pitches each, then Ethier ran the count to 3-2 before grounding into a double play. When he returned to the dugout, he beat up the bat rack with his bat.
"The double play took us out of the inning and you could see the difference in the game with the momentum change," Ethier said. "I should have struck out and swung through the pitch, that would have been better. He [Dempster] came right after me after those two walks. He must have felt he had to with two men on base."
In the sixth inning, after Carroll singled and was bunted to second by Sands, Ethier grounded out softly to third base. And Barney robbed Ethier of a single in the eighth inning with a diving stop of his grounder. He finished 1-for-4 and is hitting .370 on the season.
Ethier got a hit on March 31, but his streak began on April 2. He went 0-for-4 on April 1 vs. the Giants.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.