Whit Merrifield sets new Royals record with 31-game hitting streak
On Tuesday, Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 30 games -- dating back to last season, of course -- with a first-inning triple against the Mariners. That matched Hall of Famer George Brett for the Royals record.
Hitless in his first three at-bats on Wednesday against the Mariners, Merrifield set the new Royals record with a bunt single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Terrance Gore had just hit a two-out RBI single. Merrifield laid down a bunt on the left side, plating Gore to tie the game up at 5-5.
Merrifield entered Wednesday’s action batting .349/.378/.558 with five extra-base hits and three stolen bases in 45 plate appearances. His 31-game hitting streak is baseball’s longest since Dan Uggla hit in 33 consecutive games in 2011 with the Braves.