Cuddyer extends hitting streak to Rox record 24 games
Outfielder hits single in first at-bat, finishes 3-for-4 against Mets
DENVER -- Michael Cuddyer etched his name into Rockies history Thursday at Coors Field, dropping a single into shallow center field in his first at-bat to extend his hitting streak to a franchise record 24 games.
Cuddyer's hitting streak is not only a career high, but also the longest in the Major Leagues this year.
While Cuddyer was proud of the achievement, it was undoubtedly soured by coming in a 3-2 loss to the Mets.
"Anytime you can put your name in any type of record book, it is a good thing," said Cuddyer, who finished 3-for-4 with three singles. "I would trade it for a win, though."
The hit came on a 92-mph fastball from Mets starter Jeremy Hefner to lead off the second, and Cuddyer eventually scored the Rockies' first run during a two-run inning to put Colorado up, 2-0.
Since the hitting streak began May 28, Cuddyer is hitting .390 (39-for-100) with five homers, five doubles and 16 RBIs. He also has 11 multihit games over that stretch.
"He's a very smart hitter," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He understands [pitch] sequences, he's very good at thinking along with the pitcher and he might sit on a pitch. So he's got a good idea when he steps in the box.
"It's a pretty simple approach at the plate. He's the type of hitter that gets his bat on plane early and stays in the zone, and those guys give themselves a pretty good chance to succeed."
The previous record of 23 games was held by former slugger and current hitting coach Dante Bichette, a streak that ran from May 22-June 18, 1995.
"It's a really difficult thing to do, put together that type of hitting streak, and it looks like he's still going strong," Weiss said. "It's been good to watch."
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.