Reyes extends hit streak to career-high 22

Reyes extends hit streak to career-high 22

Reyes extends hit streak to career-high 22
WASHINGTON -- Hits keep piling up for Jose Reyes.

The Marlins' shortstop bunted for a single in his first at-bat against the Nationals on Friday in Game 1 to extend his hit streak to a career-high 21 games, then repeated the feat in Game 2 to extend the streak to 22 games.

Reyes hit safely in 20 straight from July 17-Aug. 7, 2005, while with the Mets.

"I feel good at home plate," the four-time All-Star said before Friday's doubleheader. "I feel like every time I put a swing on the ball, it's a good swing. That's good. I've been consistent, that's something I missed in the first half of the season, to just be consistent on a daily basis."

Reyes' streak started on July 13, in Miami's first game after the All-Star break. After Friday's doubleheader at Washington, in which he went 5-for-10, Reyes is now hitting .360 (32-for-89) over his 22-game stretch.

Reyes is the sixth player to hit in at least 20 consecutive games this season, joining Robinson Cano (23), Michael Brantley (22), Pablo Sandoval (20), Angel Pagan (20) and Adam Jones (20).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Reyes is the first reigning league batting champion with a hit in 20 straight games since Nomar Garciaparra in 2000.

In the last 25 seasons, only Garciaparra, Tony Gwynn (1997) and Larry Walker (1999) reached hitting streaks of at least 20 the season after winning a batting title.

Garciaparra and Gwynn reached exactly 20, while Walker had a string of 21 games.

Reyes is the seventh player in Marlins history to hit safely in at least 20 consecutive games. The franchise record is 35, set by Luis Castillo in 2002.

A year ago, Emilio Bonifacio hit safely in 26 straight. Kevin Millar reached 25 games in 2002. The others were Edgar Renteria (1996) and Castillo (1999), who each finished at 22 games. And, in 1996, Greg Colbrunn hit in 21 in a row.

Another side note, Reyes, Sandoval and Pagan mark the first trio of switch-hitters to each reach 20 games in the same season since 2005. That year, Jimmy Rollins had a string of 36 straight, while Brian Roberts and Reyes each hit in 20 straight.

Reyes went from hitting leadoff to third on July 27. In his first nine games in that spot in the order, he's batted .395 (15-for-38).

"I don't think that had nothing to do," Reyes said. "I'm looking for my pitch. When I get it, I'm going to hit the ball hard."