Friday, August 04, 2006

Utley-Guerrero Watch

Chase Utley has struck out in the first inning of the Phillies' game against the Mets.

Utley is retired in the third inning on a fly ball to center.

A fly-out to center again in the fifth for Utley.

The streak's going down to the wire -- Utley grounds out in the seventh.

Utley will be the Phillies' lead-off hitter in the top of the ninth. This will probably be his last at-bat, unless the game goes extra innings. Philadelphia currently leads 4-3 over the Mets.

Utley strikes out in the ninth.

Phillies-Mets game over. Utley streak over at 35 games.

Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero has struck out in the second inning against Texas.

Guerrero singles in the third, so he now has at least one hit in all 44 games he's ever played against the Rangers.

According to this article, which I've added after the game, Guerrero "went 2-for-4 to extend one of baseball's most peculiar streaks. He has hit safely in all 44 games he has played against Texas in his career, the longest stretch by any player against one team since 1957 -- which is as far as Stats Inc. has been able to research it."

For background on these hitting streaks, see my Thursday, August 3, posting.

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