Jamie McOwen extended his hitting streak to 42 games today with an RBI single in the fifth inning of an 8-0 win over Visalia. He is hitting .352 for the season and .500 over his last ten games.
As good as McOwen has been, his teammate, third baseman Alex Liddi, has been even better. Liddi currently leads the California League in runs, hit, doubles, homeruns, runs batted in, batting average, slugging percentage, total bases, and OPS. According to one source, only two players have ever won the Triple Crown in the California League: San Bernadino’s Ruben Gonzalez (27 HR, 101 RBI, .308 BA) in 1989 and Reno’s Jose Vidal (40 HR, 162 RBI, .340 BA) in 1963.
Liddi, a 20-year-old native of San Remo, Italy, is hitting .384 with 15 homeruns and 43 RBI in home games this season.
Unfortunately for the Mavericks, the historic accomplishments of its members aren’t bringing fans to the ballpark. One day after packing more than 4,800 people into the seats, McOwen’s quest for a 42-game hitting streak was carried out in front of just 888 people. The season average stands at just over 1,700.
Come on, good people of Adelanto! Get out there to the ballpark and witness history!