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Marlins’ Castillo Hits in 33rd Game

June 20, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ Luis Castillo tied Rogers Hornsby’s 80-year-old record for the longest hitting streak by a second baseman, beating out a dribbler to the pitcher in the sixth inning Wednesday to make it 33 games in a row.

The Florida Marlins’ fleet leadoff hitter was 0-for-2 before he topped a 1-0 pitch that Cleveland Indians right-hander Danys Baez fielded on the second hop between the mound and plate. Baez’s hurried throw sailed over the head of first baseman Jim Thome, and Castillo continued to second.

Official scorer Ron Jernick immediately credited Castillo with a hit and charged Baez with an error for allowing the runner to advance to second. TV replays confirmed the call, showing that Castillo reached first as the throw sailed past.

Castillo tied four other players at 33 games in a row _ Hornsby of St. Louis in 1922, Heinie Manush of Washington in 1933, Hal Chase of the New York Yankees in 1907 and George Davis of the New York Giants in 1897. Only 13 players have had a longer streak, including just four since 1949.

The Dominican is one game from matching Benito Santiago’s record for the longest hitting streak by a Latin player, set in 1987. Castillo’s streak is the longest in the majors since then.

Castillo squared to bunt twice in the first inning, then took a called third strike on a 2-2 pitch that just caught the outside corner.

In the third he grounded to shortstop Omar Vizquel, who threw a one-hopper to Thome that barely beat Castillo. Despite the low throw, Jernick said he would have credited Castillo with a hit if he had been called safe.

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