The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/13/11 — Hunter Pence
Having lost eight of their last nine games heading into yesterday’s finale of their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros have been one of the coldest teams in baseball. Oddly enough, they also currently have one of the hottest hitters in baseball in their line-up. That would be right fielder Hunter Pence, who continued swinging a hot bat last night and helped his club snap a four-game losing streak in the process.
Pence extended his career-best hitting streak to 23 games with a two-run homer in the third inning, which broke the scoreless tie. He would add two more singles for good measure, finishing the night with three hits, four RBIs and a walk in five appearances at the plate. That was good enough for half of the Astros’ offensive production, as they would go on to record the 8-3 victory.
Pence’s 23-game hitting streak is the longest current hitting streak in baseball and the second longest this season. Earlier in the season the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier strung together 30 straight games with a hit. Pence sat out Sunday’s game with back-stiffness, but the day off seemed to resolve that issue. He is now only seven games away from tying the longest streak of the season, but he has a long way to go if he wants to surpass Joe DiMaggio’s MLB record 56-game hitting streak. For now, Pence earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, June 13, 2011.