South Bend Silver Hawks SS Andrew Velazquez went 3-for-5 Friday to extend his on-base streak to 70 consecutive games, one shy of the Minor League Baseball record.
In addition to his three hits, Velazquez drove in a run and stole two bases in South Bend’s 9-2 win over the TinCaps at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field. The loss was Fort Wayne’s 13th in a row — two shy of the Midwest League record of 15, set by the 1958 Clinton Pirates and matched by the 1975 Cedar Rapids Giants and the 1986 Kenosha Twins.
If Velazquez reaches base Saturday, he will tie the MiLB record for consecutive games reaching base, set by Kevin Millar in 1997 and matched by Kevin Youkilis in 2003. The Major League Baseball record is 84, set by Ted Williams in 1949.
Velazquez could set a new minor-league record of 72 consecutive games if he reaches base Saturday and Sunday, the same day the TinCaps could match the Midwest League record for consecutive games lost (if they lose Saturday and Sunday, of course). Fort Wayne and South Bend play each other both days.
Frazier, Young have 2-HR games
Lake County Captains CF Clint Frazier and Bowling Green Hot Rods 3B Tyler Young each homered twice for their teams Friday.
Frazier, a top Cleveland Indians prospect, went 5-for-5 with two homers, three RBI, four runs scored, and a stolen base in Lake County’s 14-3 win over the Great Lakes Loons. Teammate Nellie Rodriguez drove in five runs on three hits, including his 16th home run of the season.
Young blasted a pair of two-run homers for the Hot Rods in their 7-2 win over the Lansing Lugnuts. Hot Rods SP Chris Kirsch (4-6, 3.04 ERA) struck out seven batters in seven innings.
In that game, Lugnuts 3B Matt Dean and Lugnuts DH Mitch Nay extended their hitting streaks to 13 consecutive games. Both did so with one out in the 9th inning.