08/05/12 2:42 PM ET
Reyes keeps plugging away, runs streak to 24
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
It has certainly happened for the Marlins shortstop since the All-Star break.
Reyes singled to center in the fourth inning on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 24 games, the longest active one in the Major Leagues, along with being his personal best. It marks the best streak in the big leagues this year. Robinson Cano of the Yankees hit safely in 23 straight from June 24-July 20.
Throughout the hot stretch, the 29-year-old Reyes has done a little bit of everything. On Saturday night, he went 3-for-4 with four runs scored. He's had three straight games with at least two hits and one of them being a double.
On Friday, he collected bunt singles in the first inning of each game of the doubleheader in Washington. And on Saturday night, his first hit was a double. He's had four straight games with an extra-base hit. In Atlanta on Thursday, his lone hit was a triple.
"I never quit on my talent," Reyes said. "I knew at some point in the season I was going to turn it around, because I was working so hard to put it together. Finally, I put it together."
After his single on Sunday, he's hit at a .375 clip (36-for-96) since the All-Star break, which is the seventh highest in the Majors.
The Marlins franchise hit streak record is 35, set by Luis Castillo in 2002. Last year, Emilio Bonifacio had a 26-game stretch, and Kevin Millar had a hit in 25 straight games in 2002.
The streak has enabled Reyes to raise his season batting average to .288, after he was sitting at .264 at the All-Star break.
"Probably in the beginning, I was trying to do too much," Reyes said of his first-half struggles. "That's not me. I just need to play my game. Right now, it seems I'm settling down and playing my game."