Pacheco extends career-best hitting streak

Pacheco extends career-best hitting streak

Pacheco extends career-best hitting streak
MIAMI -- Rockies third baseman Jordan Pacheco extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games in Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins.

After Miami righty Carlos Zambrano was perfect through the first two innings, Pachecho led off the third with a single that fell out of the reach of a charging Bryan Petersen in left-center field for the Rockies' first hit of the night.

Pacheco's nine-game streak is tied with Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison -- who recorded a hit in the Pirates' loss to the Mets earlier in the afternoon -- for the longest active streak in the National League. The pair entered the day tied for the second-longest active streak behind Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who had his 11-game streak end with a 0-for-4 performance Wednesday afternoon.

Since taking over at third for an injured Chris Nelson, Pacheco has been on a tear at the plate. Following his third-inning at-bat, he is batting .364 (12-for-33) during his hitting streak, with a homer, two doubles, five RBIs and six runs scored.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy attributed Pachecho's offensive tear to a higher comfort level on defense, where he has filled in nicely for Nelson.

"I think part of the calming effect is the peace he has with himself and the relaxation he has with himself playing defense," Tracy said. "It's like, 'OK, I'm going to go out and play defense for three outs and make the plays I have to make and then I get a chance to hit.' Peace of mind.

"The offensive player that we know we have is coming out as a result of that."