Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 0-for-4 during Thursday’s win against the Phillies, snapping his hitting streak at 30 games. It marked the longest hitting streak of the 2016 season. Freeman’s streak of 46 consecutive games reaching base safely ended as well.
The longest hitting streak in Atlanta Braves history belongs to Dan Uggla, who hit in 33 consecutive games in 2011. Tommy Holmes hit in 37 straight for the Boston Braves in 1945.
During his hitting streak, Freeman hit .384/.485/.670 with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 27 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 136 plate appearances. That padded what were already very strong numbers on the season. After Thursday’s game, Freeman is overall batting .306/.404/.572 with 33 home runs, 88 RBI< and 101 runs scored in 677 plate appearances.
Here’s something you don’t hear too often about baseball games: we have a tie. Thursday night’s game between the Cubs and Pirates at PNC Park was shortened by rain. The game was officially suspended in a 1-1 tie and the game will not be made up, as announced on the Pirates’ official Twitter account. Major League Baseball has deemed it a tie game and all stats from the game will count. Neither team was involved in the playoff hunt as the Cubs had already clinched the NL Central and the Pirates were recently eliminated from Wild Card contention.
As Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports, this is the first tie the Pirates have been a part of since August 24, 1988 against the Cardinals. And it’s the first tie in baseball since the Astros and Reds on June 30, 2005.
Tim Federowicz drove in the Cubs’ only run on a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Contreras. Josh Bell brought home the Pirates’ only run on a sacrifice fly of his own, scoring Eric Fryer. As for the pitching, Rob Zastryzny allowed the one unearned run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings for the Cubs. Travis Wood pitched four perfect innings of relief. For the Pirates, Ivan Nova yielded the one earned run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The Orioles beat the Blue Jays again on Thursday evening, 4-0, and in doing so eliminated the Yankees and Astros from contention in the American League Wild Card race.
The offense pecked away with a run in each of the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth innings. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez limited the Jays to one hit and three walks with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Donnie Hart got the final out of the seventh. Brad Brach dominated with two scoreless innings to finish out the ballgame.
The Orioles and Blue Jays are now tied for the first and second Wild Card slots in the AL. The Tigers’ game with the Indians was postponed due to rain and they now sit 1.5 games behind both the O’s and Jays. The Mariners and Athletics game will begin shortly with the Mariners 2.5 games behind.