The Fresno Grizzlies’ designated hitter Preston Tucker entered Tuesday night’s road game against the Salt Lake City Bees, with a 22-game hitting streak, dating back to last season, on the line.
Tucker started the night leading the Pacific Coast League in homers (5) and RBIs (17), as well as his team in runs scored (12), total bases (34) and OPS (1.196). Tucker appears to be the exception to the rule for today’s all-or-nothing slugger, who takes strikeouts in stride without much concern. For his career, Tucker had only struck out 235 times in 326 career minor league games prior to last night’s game.
Monday night before a crowd in Las Vegas, Tucker had extended his streak to 22 games, going 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored to lead the Grizzlies to an 8-4 road win. The way Tucker was seeing and driving the ball, one was beginning to wonder if anyone was going to shut down this 24-year-old, 6’-0″, 215 pound, lefty slugger who has developed into one best hitters in the Astros minor league system.
Last night, Tucker, who served as the Grizzlies’ DH and batted out of the five-hole, would get his chances to extend the streak, as the Grizzlies found themselves locked into an 11-inning battle with the Bees. Tucker stepped up to the plate five times and ended up going 0-for-5, including two strikeouts.
Three hours and 19 minutes after the first pitch, the game was over. The players began to clear the dugouts, the lights came down and the fans headed to the parking lot, the streak was over.
If you’ve got one, tip your hat to Preston Tucker. He gave it his all and we got to sit back and enjoy every minute of the ride.
I’ll see you at the ballpark.