04/30/11 3:08 AM ET
Silver slugger: Ethier runs streak to 25 games
Dodgers outfielder ropes fifth-inning double in victory over Padres
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Ethier, 1-for-15 lifetime off Richard entering the at-bat, lined a two-out double over leaping first baseman Jorge Cantu. The 25-game run ties for second on the all-time franchise list behind Willie Davis' 31-game streak in 1969.
"The first two at-bats he was pounding me in hard, and I was looking for something over the plate to hit," Ethier said. "He threw me a sinking fastball down and in, I pulled my hands in enough to get it over Cantu. Luckily, I got a hit out of it."
The 25 games ties Steve Sax (1986) and Paul Lo Duca (2003) for second on the all-time franchise list, behind Willie Davis' 31-game streak in 1969.
The last Major League player with a 25-game hit streak was Victor Martinez in 2009.
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Ethier grounded out in his first two at-bats, though he plated the Dodgers' first run in his first plate appearance. He has hit safely in either his first or second plate appearance 17 times during the streak.
Ethier got a hit on March 31, but his streak began on April 2. He went 0-for-4 on April 1 vs. the Giants.
"I'll take that ground ball in the first inning if it means driving in a run any time," Ethier said. "My job is to get the runs in."
Known in past years for being hard on himself, he said he's "enjoying every moment" of this hitting streak.
"In the past, I've had a tendency to grind things out, even when I'm going good," Ethier said. "I would put more pressure on myself and put more urgency on it, and I wasn't enjoying it. I'm definitely enjoying it now. You never know, from last year's start, you never know how long these things are going to last."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.