Columbus Clippers outfielder Brandon Watson has extended his hitting streak to 39 games -- three shy of the International League record -- and can became the first player in professional baseball to have a 40-gamer in 29 years when the team returns to action Thursday night. Too bad nobody will see it because Columbus' next four games are in Ottawa, where there are more players on the field than people in the stands.
Games 7-10 of the streak were against the Bisons May 7-10 in Dunn Tire Park as Watson collected one hit in each game and went 4 for 15. The first 10 games of the streak were all one-hit performances but Watson has had 12 multi-hit games since, including Tuesday's 3-for-4 night against Syracuse. Watson is batting .329 for the season and .350 during his streak.
The IL record is 42 games, set way back in 1912 by Rochester's Jack Lelivelt. The last 40-game streak in baseball was Pete Rose's 44-gamer in 1978. Watson, who is back on the radar as a Washington Nationals prospect, is enjoying the minors' longest run since a 43-game streak by Louisville's Orlando Moreno in 1961.