Archive for July 9th, 2009

Jamie McOwen’s 45-Game Hit Streak, Day-By-Day

I’m sure minor league day-by-day stats exist somewhere online, but I can never seem to find them. So when I wanted to know more about the ins and outs of Jamie McOwen’s 45-game hitting streak, I hit the box scores and put together some information on my own.

A few points of interest:

  • McOwen has hit .398 during the streak to raise his season average from .270 to .355.
  • He has gone nearly two calendar months without failing to get a hit in a game.
  • He has hit more triples (5) than homeruns (3) during the streak, and nearly has as many triples as he does doubles (6).
  • The streak has been extended by a single base hit twenty-five games, including the first six games.  On the other hand, McOwen has multiple hits in eight of his last eleven games.
  • During McOwen’s streak, High Desert has won a 21-inning game that lasted 7 hours and 34 minutes over two days (longest in league history) and lost a 33-18 game that featured 58 hits and six errors.  He did not play in the first game and broke the California League record for longest hitting streak in the second.

McOwen’s monster streak shouldn’t be surprising.  His bio at MiLB.com notes that in 2008, he had five hitting streaks of at least seven games, so he has periods of time where he appears to lock in and see the ball well.  He has extended his current record-breaking streak with broken bat hits and infield singles, elements of luck that didn’t materialize to tie everything together last season.

1. May 10 @ Lake Elsinore – 1-5, 3B, RBI (.270)
2. May 12 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 1-4, RS, RBI, 2 SO (.269)
3. May 13 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 1-4, RS, SO (.269)
4. May 15 vs. Stockton – 1-2, 2 BB (.273)
5. May 16 vs. Stockton – 1-5, RBI, SO (.270)
6. May 18 vs. Stockton – 1-2, RS, 2B, RBI, BB (.274)
7. May 19 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 3-6, 2 RS, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, SO (.285)
8. May 20 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 2-4, 2 RBI (.291)
9. May 21 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 1-5, RBI (.288)
10. May 22 @ Lancaster – 2-5, RS, SO (.292)
11. May 27 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-3, RS, BB, SO (.300)
12. May 28 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-4, SO (.306)
13. May 29 vs. Lake Elsinore – 1-4 (.304)
14. May 30 vs. Lake Elsinore – 1-4 (.303)
15. June 1 vs. Inland Empire – 1-3, RS, BB, SO (.303)
16. June 2 vs. Inland Empire – 1-4, RS, SO (.302)
17. June 3 vs. Inland Empire – 2-4, SO (.307)
18. June 5 @ Stockton – 1-5, RS, RBI (.302)
19. June 6 @ Stockton – 1-3, 2 RS, BB (.304)
20. June 7 @ Stockton – 3-3, RS, 2 RBI, BB (.316)
21. June 8 @ Visalia – 1-3, RBI (.316)
22. June 9 @ Visalia – 1-5, RBI, 2 SO (.313)
23. June 10 @ Visalia – 1-4, RBI (.312)
24. June 12 vs. Lancaster – 2-5, SO (.314)
25. June 13 vs. Lancaster – 1-4, RBI (.313)
26. June 15 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 1-4, SO (.312)
27. June 16 vs. Rancho Cucamonga – 2-2 (.318)
28. June 17 vs. Rancho Cucamonga –1-4 (.317)
29. June 18 @ Inland Empire – 3-5, RS, 3B, SO (.324)
30. June 19 @ Inland Empire – 1-4, RS, SO (.322)
31. June 20 @ Inland Empire – 1-4, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB (.321)
32. June 21 @ Inland Empire – 2-4 (.324)
33. June 25 vs. Bakersfield – 3-5, RS, 2B, SO (.330)
34. June 26 vs. Bakersfield – 1-4 (.329)
35. June 27 vs. Bakersfield – 3-5, 2 RS, 2B, 2 RBI, BB (.335)
36. June 28 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-6, 2 RS, HR, 4 RBI (.335)
37. June 30 vs. Lake Elsinore – 2-5, 2 RS, 2B, HR, 2 RBI (.336)
38. July 1 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI (.340)
39. July 2 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 3-4, RS, 3B (.346)
40. July 3 @ Rancho Cucamonga – 1-3, RBI, BB, SO (.346)
41. July 4 vs. Visalia – 3-4, RS (.352)
42. July 5 vs. Visalia – 1-3, RBI, BB, SO (.352)
43. July 6 vs. Visalia – 2-4, 2 RS, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, BB (.354)
44. July 7 @ San Jose – 1-4, 2 SO (.353)
45. July 8 @ San Jose – 2-4, BB, 2 SO (.355)
Totals: 72-181 (.398), 6 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 34 RBI, 28 RS, 12 BB, 24 SO

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It’s official: I have run out of ways to say that Jamie McOwen is really good. He wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 45 games tonight, singling off San Jose’s Oliver Odle in the first inning. A hit in tomorrow’s series finale against the Giants (game time: 7 PM, Pacific Time) would tie him with Johnny Bates for the seventh longest in the history of the world (or, minor league baseball).