May 7, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT
It may have looked like Andre Ethier caught a break tonight when Chris Young was scratched from his start against the Dodgers, but that clearly wasn’t the case. Ethier went 0-for-4 with a walk in a 4-2 loss to the Mets, ending his hitting streak at 30 games.
Ethier had actually owned Young, one of the tougher pitchers to hit in the NL, having gone 12-for-29 with six homers against him in his career.
Dillon Gee, though, left Ethier cold. After a first-inning walk, Ethier popped out to shallow left in the second and flied out to center in the fifth.
In the seventh, Ethier faced left-handed reliever Mike O’Connor, who induced a groundout to second.
Given one more chance in the eighth, Ethier had to face another lefty, this time Tim Byrdak, and struck out swinging.
Ethier’s streak matches Ryan Zimmerman‘s in 2009 for the longest since Chase Utley hit in 35 games in 2006. He fell one short of matching the Dodgers franchise record of 31 games established by Willie Davis in 1969.
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