Silver Hawks shortstop sees record on base streak end at 74 games

A nearly 3-month ride has finally come to an end for Silver Hawks shortstop Andrew Velazquez.

The 20-year-old from the Bronx was 0-4 Thursday night at Four Winds Field seeing his Minor League Baseball record streak of reaching base end at 74 straight games.

"If you told me I was going to do this before the season, I would have never believed you," Velazquez said after the game, which the Hawks won 6-3. "Just to have my name in the history books is just awesome. Anyone that plays can really understand how hard it is to get on base every single day. It's sad to see it end but it definitely was a blessing and a fun ride."

The previous record was 71 games, held by Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Millar, two guys who helped lead the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2004.

Velazquez almost kept the streaking going in his final two at-bats. He laid down a bunt in the 4th inning, but was narrowly thrown out. In his final opportunity, Velazquez smacked a liner to left field only to see Burlington's Tyler Palmer making a sliding catch.

"That was a sick play out in left--I gotta hand it to him," Velazquez said. "I guess it wasn't meant to go further. Definitely a fun ride--it was an awesome experience. That's a once in a lifetime thing and I'm blessed to have that happen to me."

Velazquez began the streak back on April 22nd.

He was a 7th round draft pick by the Diamondbacks back in 2012.


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