Even after Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game hitting streak came to an end Thursday night at Fenway Park, the longest active streak in the majors still belongs to a Boston Red Sox player.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday’s 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, extending his career-long hit streak to 19 games. Among all major leaguers, only Bradley, who went 0-for-4 out of the leadoff spot against the Rockies, has hit safely in more consecutive games this season.
Bogaerts has been among the best hitters in baseball this season, though his production has been overshadowed by the exploits of Bradley and retiring slugger David Ortiz. The 23-year-old has collected at least one hit in 31 of his last 33 games and multiple hits in 18 of those, raising his batting average from .204 on April 19 to an American League-best .347 entering Friday’s matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Red Sox are 16-4 this season in games in which Bogaerts tallies more than one hit and 17-2 when he drives in at least one run.
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