Dragons outfielder Jose Siri adds name to the record books with hitting streak
UPDATE: Jose Siri extended his hitting streak to 38 games Wednesday night, continuing to break his own record for the most consecutive games with a hit in the Midwest League.
He had been 0-3 when he stepped up to the plate in the 8th and smacked an infield single.
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Jose Siri's name will live in the record books. The Dayton Dragons outfielder holds the Midwest League record for most consecutive games with a hit with 37 -- and counting.
Siri broke the Midwest League record of 35 games with an eighth-inning single in Monday night's game at Fort Wayne. The previous record was set by Tony Toups of the Waterloo Indians in 1977.
Siri returns home Wednesday to Dayton for the first time since breaking the record.
"I feel very proud to bring that streak back here in Dayton," Jose Siri said through a translator. "The fans seem like they like me and follow me now. I'm very proud of that."
The 22-year-old is hitting .296 this season with 19 home runs and 55 RBI.
"It's not easy," Siri said of the streak. "It's very hard, especially when the pitchers know that I've got that kind of hitting streak. They feel like they want to get me out."
Siri still has a long way to go to break the all-time Minor League Baseball record. Joe Wilhoit hit safely in 69 consecutive games in 1919.
The Dragons host the Great Lakes Loons Wednesday night at 7.