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08/10/12 5:45 PM ET
Scoring change trims Morse's hit streak
By Andrew Simon / Special to MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Michael Morse didn't know he had an 18-game hitting streak after smacking two home runs Thursday night against the Astros. But he did know Friday when that streak went from the longest active mark in the Majors, and the longest of his career, back to seven games. A scoring change made Friday afternoon switched a single he recorded Aug. 2 to an error on Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. In the third inning of that game at Nationals Park, Morse slammed a two-hopper to the left of Rollins, who had the ball deflect off his glove and into the outfield. "He hit it hard," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "It is what it is." The Phillies appealed the call to the league office, and it was overturned Friday. Morse knew he had been hitting well and had some sort of streak going on, but he had no idea it was 18 games. So, naturally, he wasn't too torn up about the ruling. "I guess I didn't have one," Morse said when asked for his reaction. "I don't pay attention to that. It's such a team game. ... I have no clue what [my stats] are. I know I hit two home runs [Thursday]. That was it." Morse said he used to keep track of his numbers when he was in the Minors, but he quickly learned they would linger in the back of his mind. "A lot of guys won't tell you, but you hit a ball out, you hit a couple hard balls and you're out, you hit a ground ball and you're out, you strikeout and you're out -- the next thing you know, you see a lot of guys looking up at the scoreboard, looking at their numbers. Now you're pressing, especially if you're numbers are dropping. Next thing you know, you're swinging at the first pitch. You become like a stat rat." And that's a bad thing when things are going well? "They can always go better," Morse said. "That's how I always look at it. ... No matter what I do today or what I do tomorrow, when the game's over, it's over. Then, I try to do better the next day. I think it's working."
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.