Siri’s hitting streak ends amid controversy

Dayton Dragons outfielder Jose Siri’s Midwest League-record hitting streak ended at 39 consecutive games Friday. (Photo by Emily Jones/MiLB.com)

Dayton Dragons outfielder Jose Siri went 0-for-3 with a walk against the Great Lakes Loons on Friday, ending his Midwest League-record hitting streak at 39 consecutive games.

The walk came in Siri’s fourth and final at-bat of the game, and it was controversial. Here’s how Gerard Gilberto described it in his story for MiLB.com:

For the third consecutive game, Siri was given one last chance to keep the streak going. He came up in the 8th against right-hander Ryan Moseley with the Dragons trailing 4-1. Moseley’s first pitch nearly struck the letters across the back of Siri’s jersey, buzzing all the way to the backstop.

After dancing out of the way, Siri paced the area surrounding the plate, removed his helmet and wiped his brow before stepping back in the box. After collecting himself, the native of the Dominican Republic made an unsuccessful attempt to lay down a bunt on the next pitch.

Siri worked the count full before Moseley’s seventh offering was low and off the outside edge for ball four. The walk gave Siri a 41-game on-base streak as he also drew a free pass in his lone plate appearance against West Michigan on June 26, a game that did not count toward the hitting streak.

As Siri made his way to first, he and Moseley exchanged words, prompting both benches to empty. The dust-up did not reach the same intensity that escalated to a brawl between the Dragons and West Michigan in early June that garnered a three-game suspension for Siri.

When order was restored, Siri recorded his league-leading 30th stolen base, continued to third when the throw from catcher Steve Berman went into the outfield, and scored on a wild pitch.

You can watch video of the at-bat here.

Siri broke the previous Midwest League record for longest hitting streak on Monday, besting the 40-year-old mark of  35 consecutive games set by Waterloo’s Tony Toups in 1977.

The Cincinnati Reds prospect is batting .293 with 19 HR, 58 RBI and 30 SB in 101 games with the Dragons this season.

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