High Desert outfielder James McOwen had his 45-game hitting streak snapped on Friday night by the Modesto Nuts. McOwen went 0-for-3 with a walk. In his first at-bat, McOwen struck out. In his second, he walked. In his third at-bat, he grounded into a double play. McOwen came up in the ninth with one last chance to get a hit. But this time, he struck out swinging off of Modesto closer Craig Baker.
Here’s the story from the Victorville Daily Press.
Here’s the AP Story.
The game was in Modesto and here’s the story from the Modesto Bee
Here’s a story from Yahoo from before the game with some video.
McOwen’s streak was the longest in minor league baseball since 1954. Only seven other players in the history of minor league baseball had a streak longer with the longest being Joe Wilhoit’s record of 69 straight for Waco in 1919.
Here’s alist of the top hitting streaks in minor-league history
69 — Joe Wilhoit, Wichita, 1919
61 — Joe DiMaggio, San Francisco, 1933
55 — Roman Mejias, Waco, 1954
50 — Otto Pahlman, Danville, 1922
49 — Harry Chozen, Mobile, 1945
49 — Jack Ness, Oakland, 1915
46 — Johnny Bates, Nashville, 1925
45 — Jamie McOwen, High Desert, 2009
43 — Howie Bedell, Louisville, 1947
43 — Eddie Marshall, Milwaukee, 1935
43 — Orlando Moreno, Big Spring, 1961
43 — Brandon Watson, Columbus, 2007