May 13, 2009
Ryan Zimmerman saw his major league leading hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday afternoon. Zimmerman failed to record a hit in the Nationals' 6-3 win over San Francisco, seeing his streak end at 30 games.
The former Cavalier went 0-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and two walks. One of the walks was intentional. He came to the plate in the top of the ninth with one last chance, but grounded into a fielder's choice. Zimmerman's run came in the final inning, as he scored on an Elijah Dukes grounder.
Zimmerman's 30 game hitting streak sets a new Nationals record, but he fell short of the franchise record. Vladimir Guerrero hit safely in 31 consecutive games in 1999, when the franchise was in Montreal.
The third baseman has been one of the few bright spots for Washington so far in 2009. His .357 batting average is second on the team, as are his eight home runs and 26 RBI. His totals in doubles (12) and runs (51) lead the club.
The former Cavalier will look to start a new hitting streak on Friday, as the Nationals open up a weekend series with Philadelphia.