Jerry Sands and Dee Gordon, meanwhile, finishing on high note
Lost amid Matt Kemp’s pursuit of the hitting triple crown and Clayton Kershaw’s pitching triple crown, is a nice finishing surge by a pair of rookies.
Jerry Sands has a 12-game hitting streak, and Dee Gordon is only one behind him. And they’re reaching some noteworthy company.
Longest hitting streaks, L.A. Dodgers rookies:
1. 20 - Tommy Davis July 30-Aug. 20, 1960
2. 18 - Bill Sudakis July 31-Aug. 19, 1969
T-3. 16 - Andre Ethier July 26-Aug. 12, 2006
T-3. 16 - Steve Sax June 11-27, 1982
T-5. 14 - Raul Mondesi May 8-22, 1994
T-5. 14 - Raul Mondesi May 25-June 10, 1994
T-5. 14 - Mike Marshall July 22-Aug. 4, 1983
8. 13 - Willy Aybar May 26-June 7, 2006
T-9. 12 - Mike Piazza Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 1993
T-9. 12 - Bob Lillis Sept. 12-26, 1958
T-9. 12 - Jerry Sands Sept. 12, 2011-current
The Dodgers have only four games left to their season, so even if Sands continues gets a hit in every game, the best he can finish on the list is tied for third.
Still, Sands is 12 for 46 (.435) in his streak, raising a batting average that was at .187 before it began to its current .330.
Gordon is 18 for 45 (.400) during his 11-game streak, raising his average to .298.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon puts the ball in play during a game against the Giants last week at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire