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One Shot Ends Young’s 15-Game Streak

May 9, 1999

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Kevin Young wasn’t pleased at the way his career-best 15-game hitting streak ended.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ first baseman thought he was getting his first day off of the season because manager Gene Lamont wanted to give Turner Ward some at-bats today.

But Young was inserted in the eighth inning of a 12-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals during a double switch and batted in the ninth, popping out to first base in his lone at-bat.

He was 23-for-61 (.377) during the streak with three homers, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored. His RBI streak ended at eight games, four short of the team record set by Paul Waner in 1927.

``My big thing is I wanted to play today,″ Young said. ``When you’re swinging the bat well, you don’t want to sit, and that’s the bottom line. To end it like that, on a personal note, it is disappointing.″

Young said he felt pressure on his only at-bat against Mike Mohler.

``There’s nothing you can do but hope you get a good pitch to hit,″ he said.

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