BOSTON -- There is nothing cheap about the way Jackie Bradley Jr. is extending his hitting streak. He is doing it with authoritative swings against some of the toughest pitchers in baseball.In Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Indians, Bradley dropped the hammer on a 90-mph slider from Corey Kluber
BOSTON -- There is nothing cheap about the way Jackie Bradley Jr. is extending his hitting streak. He is doing it with authoritative swings against some of the toughest pitchers in baseball.
In Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Indians, Bradley dropped the hammer on a 90-mph slider from Corey Kluber and nailed it into the seats in center field for a solo shot that was projected by Statcast™ to land 417 away from home plate.
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Bradley has hit in 25 straight -- the longest streak a Boston player has had in a single season since Dustin Pedroia in 2011. David Ortiz hit in 27 in a row over two seasons (2012-13). It is the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues this season.
"He's in a dangerous position at the plate -- seeing the ball well, putting good swings on multiple types of pitches," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "It's impressive, his hitting streak and the ability to go against the best pitchers in our league -- [Wade] Davis the other day to extend the streak, today against a very good starter in Kluber. Very good job by Jackie."
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Bradley will let others be impressed by the pitchers he has success against. At the moment, he has the quiet confidence that he can hit anyone.
"You know, I'm not even thinking about names," said Bradley. "A lot of people are focused on the names. I'm just focused on me and the pitch and just trying to attack them as they're attacking me."
After pitching Bradley in the lower portion of the strike zone in his first at-bat, in the second inning, the Indians elevated to him the rest of the night.
Bradley didn't bite, working two tough walks, the latter in the ninth after he fell behind, 0-2, to Indians closer Cody Allen.
It was an example of the way Bradley is controlling his at-bats of late.
"I just wanted to stay locked in for the last at-bat," said Bradley. "I didn't want to lose. In my mind, I was going to give it everything I had. I didn't want to lose the game. I didn't want to lose that at-bat."
Bradley's streak is nine shy of Dominic DiMaggio for tops in Red Sox history (34 games in 1949).
The home run also had some additional significance. It was the 20th straight game the Red Sox have had at least one homer, setting a franchise record. The 1996 Red Sox held the previous record of going deep in 19 straight games.
In Wednesday night's win over the Royals, Bradley also extended the streak with a homer in his first at-bat.
The most remarkable thing about Bradley's streak is his extra-base rampage.
The missile against Kluber was Bradley's eighth homer during the streak. Of his 38 hits during the streak, 18 have been for extra bases. He also has seven doubles and three triples.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.