Mejia's historic streak comes to an end at 50

Day after postgame scoring change keeps run alive, diving catch ends it

Mejia's historic streak comes to an end at 50

Less than 20 hours after a controversial postgame scoring change kept Francisco Mejia's historic hitting streak alive, a diving catch ended it at 50 games. The Indians' top catching prospect went 0-for-3 with a walk and was robbed of a hit when he lined out in his final at-bat of Class A Advanced Lynchburg's 6-0 win over Winston-Salem on Sunday.

Mejia's streak was the fourth-longest in Minor League history and the longest in 62 years, since Roman Mejias hit in 55 straight for Waco in 1954. Mejia, the Indians' No. 4 prospect, tied the 50-game mark of Otto Pahlman, who achieved the feat in 1922.

The Minor League record is 69, set by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Joe DiMaggio, whose big league record hit streak of 56 games is being celebrated for its 75th anniversary this season, had a 61-game Minor League hit streak in 1933, second-longest of all-time.

Mejia drew a walk in the first inning, grounded to second in the third and popped out to second in the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, he lined an 0-1 pitch to center field and was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Dash center fielder Michael Suiter.

"That's a long time, hitting in 50 games," Mejia said after the game. "Every at-bat you go without a hit, you get a little nervous because you don't know if you're going to get a hit. I was very nervous today about getting a hit every at-bat. I feel really sad I didn't get a hit today, but that's the game."

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Mejia's streak had seemingly come to an end at 49 games after the Indians prospect went 0-for-4 in Lynchburg Hillcats' 7-5, 10-inning loss to Winston-Salem on Saturday. But then the epic run was resuscitated when word came -- over an hour after the completion of the game -- that the official scorer had changed a controversial call from an E5 to a double.

Longest Minor League hitting streaks
Player Games Year
Joe Wilhoit 69 1919
Joe DiMaggio 61 1933
Roman Mejias 55 1954
Francisco Mejia 50 2016
Otto Pahlman 50 1922
Jack Ness 49 1915
Harry Chozen 49 1945
Johnny Bates 46 1925
James McOwen 45 2009
Brandon Watson 43 2007
Eddie Marshall 43 1935
Orlando Moreno 43 1947
Howie Bedell 43 1961
Jack Lelivelt 42 1912
Herbert Chapman 42 1950
Ducky Detweiler 40 1942
Frosty Kennedy 40 1953

Mejia posted a .386/.414/.599 slash line with 15 doubles, two triples, eight homers and 42 RBIs during his streak, which started on May 27 and lasted 80 days. And he thinks he'll actually fare better now that the pressure of the streak is off.

"I'm good now," Mejia said. "I'm relaxed after today. I don't have the pressure that I need to get a hit every at-bat. I'll play better relaxed when I'm batting now."

Perhaps most impressive in Mejia's run was how he hurdled major obstacles that could've potentially led to a hitless night.

Mejia was promoted to Lynchburg 24 games into the streak and had three layoffs of four days or more during the incredible run: four days due to the Midwest League All-Star Game on June 21, in which he fittingly registered a hit; four days due to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 10, in which he also recorded a hit; and five days when he was sidelined with the stomach flu from July 18-22 . He then played in just one game in the six-day period from Aug. 6-11 due to a combination of off days and illness.

Mejia also blocked out the commotion that surrounded him for several days as the Trade Deadline approached.

Two days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Mejia, the Indians' No. 4 prospect, was the centerpiece in a proposed deal between the Indians and Brewers that would have sent him and two more of Cleveland's Top 30 Prospects -- shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang and outfielder Greg Allen -- along with reliever Shawn Armstrong to Milwaukee for catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The deal was nixed the day before the Deadline, though, when Lucroy exercised his no-trade clause.

And adding to the marvel, Mejia was his team's catcher in 40 of the 50 games, while serving as the designated hitter in the others.

Here is a look at how Mejia kept his streak alive in all 50 games:

50 -- Aug. 13: Double in second at-bat (3rd inning) vs. Winston-Salem
49 -- Aug. 12: Single in third at-bat (6th inning) vs. Winston-Salem
48 -- Aug. 9: Double in first at-bat (1st inning) at Potomac
47 -- Aug. 5: Double in first at-bat (2nd inning) at Salem
46 -- Aug. 4: Double in fifth at-bat (9th inning) at Salem
45 -- Aug. 3: Single in second at-bat (3rd inning) vs. Potomac
44 -- Aug. 2: Single in first at-bat (1st inning) vs. Potomac
43 -- Aug. 1: Single in first at-bat (1st inning) vs. Potomac
42 -- July 30: Single in second at-bat (5th inning) at Winston-Salem
41 -- July 29: Single in third at-bat (7th inning) at Winston-Salem
40 -- July 28: Single in third at-bat (6th inning) at Winston-Salem
39 -- July 26: Single in first at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Wilmington
38 -- July 25: Single first at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Wilmington
37 -- July 23: Grand slam in first at-bat (1st inning) vs. Carolina
36 -- July 17: Single in first at-bat (1st inning) at Wilmington
35 -- July 16: Single in first at-bat (2nd inning) at Wilmington
34 -- July 13: Single in third at-bat (6th inning) at Carolina
33 -- July 8: Single in fourth at-bat (7th inning) vs. Salem
32 -- July 6: Single in second at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Frederick
31 -- July 5: RBI single in fourth at-bat (7th inning) vs. Frederick
30 -- July 4: Single in second at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Frederick
29 -- July 3: Single in second at-bat (4th inning) vs. Carolina
28 -- July 2: Triple in third and final at-bat (6th inning) of at Carolina
27 -- July 1: Double in first at-bat (2nd inning) at Carolina
26 -- June 30: Double in first at-bat (2nd inning) at Carolina
25 -- June 29: Single in first at-bat (2nd inning) at Wilmington (first game for Lynchburg)
24 -- June 26: Single in first at-bat (3rd inning) vs. Great Lakes
23 -- June 25: Single in first at-bat (3rd inning) vs. Great Lakes
22 -- June 24: Single in first at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Great Lakes
21 -- June 19: Single in third at-bat (7th inning) at South Bend
20 -- June 18: Single in third at-bat (6th inning) at South Bend
19 -- June 17: Single in second at-bat (4th inning) at South Bend
18 -- June 16: Double in third at-bat (6th inning) at South Bend
17 -- June 15: Single in first at-bat (2nd inning) at Bowling Green
16 -- June 15: Double in first at-bat (1st inning) at Bowling Green.
15 -- June 13: Two-run homer in first at-bat (1st inning) at Bowling Green
14 -- June 12: Single in fourth and final at-bat (7th inning) vs. Great Lakes
13 -- June 11: Home run in first at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Great Lakes
12 -- June 10: Home run in first at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Great Lakes
11 -- June 9: Single in first at-bat (1st inning) vs. Lansing
10 -- June 8: Home run in second at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Lansing
9 -- June 7: Home run in first at-bat (1st inning) vs. Lansing
8 -- June 5: Single in fourth at-bat (7th inning) at Great Lakes
7 -- June 4: Single in second at-bat (3rd inning) at Great Lakes
6 -- June 3: Single in first at-bat (2nd inning) at Great Lakes
5 -- June 2: Single in first at-bat (1st inning) vs. Bowling Green
4 -- June 1: Single in third at-bat (6th inning) vs. Bowling Green
3 -- May 29: Single in first and only at-bat (2nd inning) vs. Fort Wayne
2 -- May 28: Triple in first at-bat (1st inning) vs. Fort Wayne
1 -- May 27: Single in third at-bat (6th inning) vs. Fort Wayne

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.