Sure, Andre Ethier saw his 30-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday in New York. But he also walked that day, and while the media coverage of his streak has dwindled away, he still has a streak he is working on. Ethier has reached base, either via hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch, for 35 straight games. It is the longest streak by a Dodger since Jeff Kent reached base in 38 straight games in 2007.
|Longest Streak, Times On Base, By A Dodger 1919-2011|
Ethier's 35-game streak is tied for the 16th longest streak by a Dodger since 1919, with Gil Hodges and Mark Grudzielanek.
The Dodgers go for their first series win since April 22-24 tonight, sending Jon Garland against Charlie Morton, who is 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA despite equal numbers of walks and strikeouts (24, in 46 innings). The Dodgers scored six runs in six innings off Morton in a start last April 30.
Jerry Sands gets the night off tonight, while Tony Gwynn mans left field and bats leadoff. Speaking of leadoff, the Pirates benched Andrew McCutchen for tonight for failing to run out a dropped third strike last night, per Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Former Dodger Xavier Paul starts in center field and bats leadoff in McCutchen's place.
Game Time: 4:05 p.m.