This Day In Marlins History: Historic team hits streak comes to an end

Greg Fiume

On this day in team history, the Florida Marlins' historic streak of 15 consecutive games with 10 or more hits is finally snapped in a loss to the Houston Astros. Wandy Rodriguez shuts down Florida's offense, putting a cap on the team's hot run.

On this date, August 20, 2009, the Florida Marlins suffered a tough loss to the Astros. But the greater significance came in an historic offensive stretch coming to an end.

Second baseman Dan Uggla provided the only offense Florida could manage on this night in an eventual 4-1 loss, driving in a run with a groundout in the first inning. Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez had an excellent performance, holding the Fish to just one run over eight innings and retiring 15 straight batters at one point. The critical part of Rodriguez's line, though, was that he gave up just four hits. That, in combination with closer Jose Valverde's perfect ninth inning, meant that the Marlins' franchise-best streak of 15 consecutive games with 10 or more hits had finally been snapped. According to Baseball Prospectus, it was the longest streak of that nature since the 1937 St. Louis Browns notched 10-plus hits in 18 games in a row, which set the all-time record.

The streak began on August 4 in a 6-4 loss to the Nationals in which the Marlins collected 11 hits. The last game in the streak fell on August 19, when, in a bit of symmetry, Florida again had 11 hits and again lost. (The team stranded a season-high 16 runners on that date while falling to Houston, 6-3.)

While one can certainly never predict a team going on an offensive tear like the one the Marlins put forth in 2009, they weren't exactly performing way over their heads. Led by shortstop Hanley Ramirez (OPS+ of 148), left fielder Chris Coghlan (122), second baseman Dan Uggla (111) and first baseman Jorge Cantu (105), the team finished the season second in the National League with 9.2 hits per game and fifth in the NL with 4.8 runs per game; over the 15-game streak, Florida averaged just over 12 hits per game and 6.5 runs per game.

The high point of the streak came on August 9, when the Marlins exploded for 19 hits in a 12-3 win over the Phillies. On the other end of the spectrum, the club managed a low of three runs on three separate occasions during the streak. In the end, Florida wasn't' able to take full advantage of its hot bats; the team went 9-6 over the 15 games and actually lost a half game to first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. Nevertheless, the streak still stands as one of the franchise's more impressive offensive achievements.

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