South Bend Silver Hawks SS Andrew Velazquez went 0-for-4 Thursday night, snapping his 74-game on-base streak four days after he broke the old minor-league record.
In his last at-bat Thursday, Velazquez was robbed of a hit by Burlington Bees LF Tyler Palmer, who made a sliding catch to make the out.
The Silver Hawks beat the Bees 6-3 with a 3-run homer by 3B Fidel Pena and a solo homer by LF Chuck Taylor.
The previous MiLB record for consecutive games on base was 71, achieved by Kevin Millar in 1997 and Kevin Youkilis in 2003. The new record by Velazquez is 10 games shy of the MLB record of 84, set by Ted Williams in 1949.
You can hear what Velazquez had to say about his streak ending here on WSBT-TV’s website.
On a personal note, I’m disappointed the streak ended just days before my next visit to South Bend. My last game at Four Winds Field was on April 10 — 12 days before the streak began. I’ll be there again Monday, less than a week after the streak ended.
South Bend will be the first baseball-related stop of my road trip to Cooperstown. I’ll be at Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains, on Wednesday and Thursday — something I’m really looking forward to because I’ve been to only a few games there. (It’s at least an eight-hour drive from my house.) Then I’m off to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony — inductee Greg Maddux will be only the seventh Hall of Fame player who is an alumnus of the Midwest League.
Maddux went 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 186 IP for the 1985 Peoria Chiefs. Here are links to a couple Maddux posts written by me earlier this year: