Jose Siri broke the Midwest League record on Monday night for the longest hitting streak in the history of the league. An 8th inning single on an 0-2 count extended his now-record streak to 36 games.
The game had not been going well for the just turned 22-year-old outfielder. He struck out in his first at-bat. He would just miss breaking the record in his second at-bat, hitting a ball just foul that would have been a home run. A pitch later he would strike out for a second time. The third time he came to the plate he would also strike out. Siri, and the Dragons as a whole, were dominated on the evening by Padres stud Cuban prospect Michel Baez, who struck out 14 batters in 6.2 innings without a walk.
As the game entered the 8th inning, with a new pitcher on the mound for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Jose Siri was the on-deck batter, guaranteed just one more trip to the plate on the night. He fell behind 0-2 on back-to-back breaking balls. Reliever Diomar Lopez tried to get a 95 MPH fastball by the Cincinnati Reds prospect but he fouled it off. The next pitch came to the plate and Jose Siri grounded it through the infield to set the new Midwest League record.
The game is still going on, and may even be heading into extra-innings, but as I type this, Jose Siri is 56 for 161 during his 36-game hitting streak. That’s a .348 average and it’s come along with 10 doubles, three triples and 13 home runs. He’s slugged .689 over that span, dating back to June 22nd. The Dragons play again on Tuesday, this time an afternoon game that begins at 12:05pm. Siri will look to extend his record hitting streak for the first time. The team will return to Dayton on Wednesday night to take on Great Lakes.