DAYTON — South Bend had its 10-game winning streak snapped, but shortstop Andrew Velazquez of the Silver Hawks extended his streak of games reaching base to 68 during a 5-4 Midwest League baseball loss to the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday, July 9, at Fifth Third Field.
Velazquez, who walked in the fifth and singled in the ninth to finish 1-for-4, is now just three games shy of tying the U.S. minor league baseball record shared by Kevin Millar and Kevin Youkilis. The major league record is 84 by Ted Williams in 1949.
Dayton starter Jackson Stephens (2-0) allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked four in five innings, leaving with a 4-0 lead.
South Bend closed to 4-3 in the sixth with the help of three walks and two Dragon errors.
In the seventh, the Hawks opted to intentionally walk Jack Hannahan, but the first pitch went to the backstop, allowing what proved to be the decisive run to score.
South Bend closed to 5-4 in the eight on a solo homer by Zach Edquerra.
After Velazquez’s lead-off single in the ninth, Dayton closer Alejandro Chacin struck out the next three hitters for his eighth save.
The Hawks (13-6) and host Dragons (10-9) meet again at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in a game to be nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network.
Barring rainouts, Velazquez is on schedule to tie the minor league record Saturday at Fort Wayne and break the mark Sunday, also against the host TinCaps.