Ethier breaks LA Dodgers mark with 10th straight hit
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ANGELES -- Things were looking bleak for Andre Ethier earlier this week when it was revealed he had a "nickel-size" blister popped on his right palm amidst an 1-for-22 slump.
Things have taken a dramatic turn for the better for Ethier, who passed Ron Cey atop the Los Angeles Dodgers' record books with his 10th hit in as many at-bats on a seventh-inning bloop single to center on Saturday -- his fourth hit of the game. Ethier also tied an overall Dodgers record, as Edward Konetchy hit in 10 straight at-bats in 1919.
Ethier went 2-for-4 on Wednesday, with a pair of hits in his final two at-bats. He went 4-for-4 with three runs, a homer and four RBIs on Friday night, and he carried over the momentum into Saturday's game.
"It's something pretty special to be amongst all the great players who wore this uniform for 120 years or something," the right fielder said.
Ethier singled in his first at-bat, hit a double in his second, homered in his third and singled in his fourth. Cey had nine consecutive hits in July 1977.
Ethier has a chance to tie and break the MLB record of 12 consecutive hits in Sunday's series finale with the Marlins.
The right fielder, who began choking up on the bat Wednesday because of the blister, also became the first Dodger to record 30 doubles in six consecutive seasons earlier in the week.
He couldn't give a reason for why he has been so successful over the past three games.
"I just see the ball and hit it," Ethier said.
When asked if the shortened swing has made a difference, Ethier still couldn't find an answer.
"I just go out there and try to put the fat part of the bat and it seems to be working," he said. "I'm getting hits and balls are finding holes."
Manager Don Mattingly, who joked Friday that he's going to cut a hole in Ethier's hand the next time he struggles, said he's not surprised by the right fielder's recent stretch.
"Andre can hit and he's caught a little fire," the manager said. "He's been kind of a streaky guy. Shortening his swing and cutting down a little has really helped him. He's a talented guy that has a great swing."