Joey Votto’s on-base streak ends after 33 games

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While it didn’t get much attention compared to Andre Ethier’s 30-game hitting streak, Joey Votto had been on base every game this season for the Reds, at least until Sunday.  He went 0-for-4 in Cincinnati’s 2-0 win over the Cubs, ending the streak at 33 games. 

Votto entered the day seventh in the NL with a .345 average and second to Matt Holliday with a .476 on-base percentage.   He was leading the league with 27 runs scored, one more than Holliday and Colby Rasmus.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Votto was one game shy of tying the Reds record for consecutive games on base to start a season.  Dave Collins reached in 34 games to begin the 1981 season.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: