Ethier's Streak Ends at 30, Dodgers Losing Streak Continues

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers grounds out to end the sixth inning against the New York Mets on May 7, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Dodgers had plenty of chances to win the game on Saturday, but the team left an alarming 14 runners on base and lost to the Mets 4 to 2.  The loss was a double whammy because Andre Ethier, who had 5 plate appearances in the game, was not able to extend his hitting streak past 30 games. 

The Mets jumped out to an early 2 to 0 lead in the 2nd inning on a walk to Ike Davis, a double by the newest Dodger killer Jason Pridie, a sac fly, and a single Jose Reyes.  Dioner Navarro's homer in the 4th cut the lead to 1, and an Aaron Miles single in the 6th tied the game.  Hong-Chih Kuo came into the game in the 8th with a runner aboard and did his job by getting a ground out and a bunt attempt, however an errant throw to 1st base on the attempted bunt ended up dooming the Dodgers as the next batter singled off the glove of Matt Kemp in center.  The ball hit Kemp's glove and he should have made the catch, but at the very least a run would have scored via a sacrifice fly so the Dodgers would have lost even had Kemp made the catch.

In the 9th the Dodger batters attempted to get Andre up to the plate for a 6th time, but the offense went down in order and ended the Dodgers best hitting streak since Willie Davis, who still holds the Dodgers record with a 31 game hit streak.

Notes:

- Dioner Navarro's homer in the 4th inning was his first in a Dodger uniform since May 3, 2006

- Ethier became the 20th player to end his hitting streak at 30 games.  The last player to hit in 30 straight was Ryan Zimmerman, whose streak ended at 30 in 2009

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