Freddie Bynum - team record 19 game hitting streak for the Rivercats
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| By ronc on Saturday, July 23, 2005 - 10:58 am:|
Freddie Bynum and Juan Cruz looking good for the Rivercats.
Freddie Bynum's rally from a poor start to the season reached all the way to the River Cats' history Friday night. His sixth-inning triple extended his hitting streak to a team-record 19 games, part of a 7-6 victory over Tucson at Raley Field also highlighted by two home runs by Matt Watson.
Circumstances made Bynum's run more impressive: It came with an 18-day break because of a sprained right ankle that sent him to the disabled list, meaning he had to hit immediately, without the chance to regain his timing as he went, to maintain what at the time was a 14-game streak.
He missed the next 14 games, along with the three days of the All-Star break and one other when the River Cats were idle. The return came July 16 with the immediate help of Sacramento and Colorado Springs playing into the 13th inning.
Only then, after starting 0 for 3 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt, did Bynum single as part of the rally that delivered a 2-1 victory.
Friday night, after daring tradition by bringing up the hitting streak around the batting cage long before any teammate would have toyed with superstition, he flew out the first two at-bats and grounded to second.
Benefited by a lineup that went down in order just once, though, Bynum got his fourth plate appearance in the sixth inning and sliced an opposite-field triple to left.
Thirty-nine days after the record run began, he finally passed Adam Morrissey (2004), Mike Edwards (2004), Esteban Germán (2003) and Adam Piatt (2000), all of whom were stranded on 18. It didn't go unnoticed by Bynum that he also had bragging rights over Morrissey, his best friend in baseball.
"The whole time I was injured, I said, 'Don't worry about it, don't worry about it. You're going to come back hot,' " he said. "I had that confidence."
Bynum is hitting .346 in the six games since coming off the disabled list. He's at .418 for the entire streak.
Food drive Sunday - The wives of River Cats players will hold their annual food drive Sunday, manning each entry at Raley Field from 4:30-6 p.m. to accept donations in conjunction with Sacramento Food Bank Services.
Fans who give food or at least $1 will receive an autographed picture of their favorite player, and anyone who gives at least 20 items or $20 will get a complete set of 26 autographed photos.
Cats at a glance
Winning pitcher: Mario Ramos (4-3).
Big stick: Sacramento's Matt Watson was 3 for 4 with two solo homers and a run-scoring single.
Key to the game: Seven of the River Cats' 11 hits were for extra bases, including three home runs. They turned three consecutive doubles and Brant Colamarino's homer into a four-run third inning.
By the numbers: Freddie Bynum has gone from hitting .251 when his team-record 19-game hitting streak began to .306.
Next: Today vs. Tucson, 7:05 p.m.
Today's pitchers: River Cats - RHP Seth Etherton (6-4, 2.73). Sidewinders - LHP Mark Freed (5-4, 5.48).