Toronto Blue Jays’ rookie infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made some impressive history Saturday. With a pair of singles in the Jays’ clash with the Chicago White Sox, Gurriel recorded his 10th-straight multi-hit game. That had never been done before by a Blue Jays’ player and hadn’t been done by a MLB rookie in more than a century:
Loudres Gurriel Jr. sets #BlueJays record with his 10th straight multi-hit game.
He also becomes the first rookie with a 10-game multi-hit streak since Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) July 28, 2018
That’s some pretty impressive company to be in. And there’s further impressive company with the last MLB player to record 10 consecutive multi-hit games, Bernie Williams back in 2002. And with the previous holder of the Blue Jays’ team record, Tony Fernández with nine straight games in 1986; Gurriel tied Fernández Friday night against the White Sox and did so in style with two home runs and a double (which he’s seen celebrating above) in a 10-5 win. Oh, and Gurriel’s hitting a modest .429 this month, and .308 on the year. Of course, his on-base percentage is just .328, so there’s more progress that can be made in the plate discipline department, but his bat is certainly something to be reckoned with. Especially lately. And he can go for 11 Sunday, which would put him in even rarer company:
— Guy Spurrier (@grspur) July 29, 2018
The all-time MLB record is 15 straight multi-hit games, set by Charles “Count” Campau in 1890. We’ll see if Gurriel can get closer to there or not. But regardless of if his streak continues any further, it’s certainly been remarkable.