05/03/11 1:57 AM ET
Ethier halfway to DiMaggio as streak runs to 28
Dodgers star picks up infield single in third at-bat vs. Cubs
By David Ely / Special to MLB.com
With his RBI infield single in the fifth inning Monday night, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 28 games. Twenty-eight more and he's tied with Joe DiMaggio, who set baseball's record with a 56-game streak in 1941.
"Only halfway? Wow," Ethier said after the Dodgers' 5-2 win over the Cubs. "We've been playing a month or over a month. I guess still a long way to go. Like I said, there's nothing really to get too excited about other than we bounced back after two tough losses there to San Diego."
Ethier, the 39th player to hold a streak of at least 28 games since DiMaggio's record, now sits just three games behind Willie Davis' franchise record 31-game hitting streak set in 1969.
"It's like a career for me in one season," Cubs slugger Alfonso Soriano said of Ethier's streak. "Twenty-eight -- that's a lot of games."
For the second straight game, Ethier got his first hit via a ball lined off an opposing fielder. In the seventh inning of Sunday's game, Ethier ripped a pitch off San Diego first baseman Brad Hawpe.
On Monday, Ethier slapped a 1-2 pitch off Cubs starter James Russell in between shortstop Starlin Castro and third baseman Aramis Ramirez. The ball bounced off Castro's glove, and fans at Dodger Stadium erupted as Ethier stood at first.
"I put it in a good spot," Ethier said. "Tough pitch, just trying to put something hard in play and and caught it off the end of the bat there."
The fans weren't the only ones pumped that Ethier extended his streak.
"Matt [Kemp] comes over and is all fired up after that," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He's excited for him, and I think all the guys are excited to see and want to keep seeing him do well. It's fun that he can keep doing this. It's kind of cool."
Ethier struck out looking and grounded out to first in his first two at-bats Monday and finished 1-for-4. He is hitting .374 for the season.
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.