David Dahl wasted no time tying the MLB record for longest hit streak to begin career. He singled in the first inning to take the spotlight off him and on the Colorado Rockies instead. It extended his hit streak to 17 games. A few facts that make his hit streak all that much more impressive. He has batted all over the lineup even batting cleanup. Even when he had the one off day, he was asked to pinch hit with only one shot to extend the hit streak. Last, but not least, he had a game-tying triple Tuesday night in his final chance to extend the hit streak. Left-on-left hitting off LOOGY specialist to boot.
He now joins Trevor Story in making historic debuts that will be in the record books. Only 39 games to go to match Joe DiMaggio. Dahl hasn’t shown the slight hint of acting like a deer with the headlights.
In a back-and-forth game today between the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies, Dahl came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth with the visitors down 9-8. He fell behind in the count 1-2, but he battled back to drive in a tying run with a walk. That set the stage for pinch hitter CarGo’s bases clearing double to give the Rockies an eventual 12-9 victory.
The bullpen issues continued today when Chris Rusin and Gopherg combined to erase Colorado’s 7-5 lead giving up four runs in the seventh. After Dahl’s and CarGo’s heroics to restore the Rockies lead at 12-9, Jake McGee came in and promply set off a ten-alarm fire. He gave up a single and a HBP to the first two batters. The next two batters ran up full counts against McGee. Somehow Texas helped save McGee’s day with two outs after working to full counts. The drama ended when McGee retired a third straight batter. No drama in the ninth by Zero who struck out the side on only 15 pitches.
Colorado is off to the City of Brotherly Love for a three-game set over the weekend. If the bullpen can figure itself out, it is a golden opportunity for them to get revenge on the Phillies who came away with a split at Coors Field before the ASB.
sdcarp just wrote a nice article on building the 2017 bullpen.