Andre Ethier’s hitting streak ends at 30 games

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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.

Must-Click Link: The Day a Mascot Got Ejected

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Today Jonah Keri gives us a fantastic story about a crazy game.

The Dodgers played the Expos in Montreal 28 years ago today. The game went 22 innings. It was a 1-0 game. More notable than the 21 and a half innings of scoreless ball, however, was the fact that Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda got the Expos mascot — Youppi — ejected. The Dodgers and Expos didn’t score much that year overall, but when have you ever seen a mascot ejected?

Some good lunchtime reading for y’all, complete with silly GIFs and a video of the whole dang game if you hate yourself so much that you’d watch it all in its entirety.

Nicholas Castellanos hit an inside-the-park homer that shouldn’t have been

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Last night the Yankees pasted the Tigers in Detroit, but the hometown crowd did get something entertaining to send them on their way: an inside-the-park homer from Nicholas Castellanos.

At least that’s technically what it was. It would be a single and a three-base error if our official scoring made any sense.

Watch the play below. It’s all put in motion by Jacoby Ellsbury‘s decision to try to make a slide catch on the ball, misjudging it and allowing it to skip over 100 feet to the wall:

Since Ellsbury didn’t touch it it wasn’t called an error — errors are rarely if ever called on poor plays that don’t result in a fielder actually touching the ball — but it was certainly a mental error to not let the ball bounce and ensure that it didn’t get past him. Especially with such a big lead.

Oh well, that’s baseball for you.