Rollins didn't get close. He flew out to right in the first, grounded to Marquis on a bunt attempt in the third and flew to left in the fifth."I wasn't really thinking about it," said Marquis. "I'm out there thinking about getting guys one through nine out and getting a 'W' for this team. The streak he had was nice, but obviously it has to end sometime. I know he's a pretty aggressive hitter. Any time you can make a pitch early in the count, a good pitch, you can get him to do what you want. He doesn't usually work the count pretty deep. We were able to throw some quality pitches on him today and get success."
All-time Consecutive Game Hitting Streaks
|Jimmy Rollins entered the season chasing history.|
|The marks for longest hitting streak in one season and longest spanning two seasons are separate records, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. DiMaggio holds both marks with his 56-game streak in 1941. Keeler (1896-1897) holds the NL mark for two seasons at 45 games, while Keeler and Rose share the NL record for one season at 44 games.|
Hancock, a former Phillie farmhand, recorded the flyout in the seventh. None of Rollins' four balls came close to being a hit."Jimmy's going to get his [hits]," Hancock said. "He's a great player. I just happened to be the last pitcher." Rollins set the franchise record last season and owns the eighth-longest streak over two seasons in Major League history. He batted .379 (64-for-169) along the way, with 22 doubles, four triples and three homers. It began against the Giants in San Francisco, about 15 miles from where he grew up. "I just wasn't getting good swings on the ball," said Rollins. "They didn't do anything different. They came right at me, threw strikes. I had some bad results." His teammates enjoyed the journey. "It's unfortunate that it ended," said catcher Mike Lieberthal. "It was quite a feat, and a great ride to watch for so many days." "I'm glad he had it," said reliever Rheal Cormier. "We would have loved for him to keep it going." As part of the ride, Rollins made it easy at times (14 times he extended the streak in the first inning) and stressful (12 times he did it in his final at-bat). Games like Opening Day, when he swung at a 3-0 count before doubling in the eighth, and Wednesday, when he doubled on the second pitch, illustrate both sides. "It's astonishing," said outfielder Shane Victorino, who often kept Rollins loose during games by soft-tossing to him in the batting cage. "[DiMaggio's] record is going to stand for a long time. Look at today. It went for so long and [Rollins] only ended up with 38. That's still 18 short. When you see that record, you think somebody is going to break it, but I think to myself, 'Will this ever be broken?'" Rollins still hopes to answer that question, someday.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.