Dahl Ties MLB Record For Hit Streak to Begin Career

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.

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sdcarp
4 years ago

You nailed it. He’s a pitcher (who happens to have really good stuff) instead of a thrower.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Didn’t see last night’s game. Looks like Carasiti mixes a 95 mph fastball and a low 80s change. RMH, from the gameday description it seems like there weren’t a lot of hard hit balls in his couple innings, right? Lots of “soft liner” in the game description. I’m hoping he looked like he can provide some immediate help ….

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Thanks RMH. And I guess what gameday calls a changeup is really more of a splitter. Let’s hope he can establish himself as a key part of the bullpen for 2017.

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sdcarp
4 years ago

Has anyone noticed the “Humdley needs to play because he’s better offensively (than Wolters)” doesn’t really fly anymore?

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Difficult Truths, mid-August 2016 edition: – Rox media and fans like to say Arenado is the best overall third baseman in baseball. He isn’t as long as Manny Machado is around. Oh, he’s very good. Machado is even better. With Arenado’s slump, once again Machado will finish as a 6+ WAR player, Arenado again at about 4.5. – Jon Gray is not an ace. Yet. He has the stuff, but he’s got a long ways to go to get the… Read more »

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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

The Phillies have done a nice job of quickly developing some nice young SP. No future Cy Young award winners, but solid kids. They really did well in the Ken Giles/Astro’s trade.

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

The Phillies are only a 1/2 game behind the Rockies right now. Not sure if WW thinks the Rockies are still playing great as he did last week. Last week he was still thinking like HS manager he was and thought the games only lasted 7 innings. I guess I wasn’t paying attention. Rockies have Parra under contract for two more years? He’s certainly under performed. When he played against the Rockies he always seemed to do well but when… Read more »

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