Jose Siri is not a guy who likes to build suspense. The Dragons outfielder, trying to equal the Midwest League’s all-time hitting streak, swung at the first pitch on Sunday and grounded out to third base against Fort Wayne.
The Dragons leadoff hitter was a bit more patient the next time up and it paid off. Siri shot a line drive into left field on a 1-1 pitch to extend his hitting streak to 35 games, something that hasn’t been done in the Midwest League since 1977.
The Midwest League record was first set by Tony Toups of the Waterloo Indians 40 years ago. Siri can take sole possession of the record with another hit Monday night in Fort Wayne. The all-time best hitting streak in minor league history is 69 games by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Indians prospect Francisco Mejia had a 50-game hitting streak last year.
Siri’s streak started on the first day of the second half of the season when he had a four-hit night at Fifth Third Field against Lake County. He is hitting .350 with 13 home runs during the streak, the longest in professional baseball in 2017.
The Tincaps scored a 3-2 walk-off win Sunday when Marcus Greene singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the night.
Taylor Sparks, in his first game with the Dragons, had two hits. Teammate Hector Vargas added two hits.
The Dragons and Tincaps close out the series at 7:05 p.m. Monday.
The Dragons return home on Wednesday night when they host the Great Lakes Loons. Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will start Thursday night’s game for the Dragons as he rehabs an elbow injury.