3. Allen’s hit streak continues
Greg Allen continues to produce since his call-up on Aug. 9. On Sunday he went 2-for-4 with two singles, an RBI and a run scored to extend his career-long hit streak to 12 games, matching Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker (July 3-21) for the longest by an MLB rookie this season.
Allen’s hit streak is the third longest by an Indians batter in 2018, trailing a 19-game streak by Michael Brantley (May 9-30) and a 15-gamer by Francisco Lindor (April 29-May 14).
In his most recent stint with Cleveland, Allen is batting .353 with three RBI and seven runs scored.
“He’s been doing a much better job of staying on balls where earlier he was chasing balls down out of the zone,” Francona said. “He hasn’t really chased up very much, but down and out of the zone. He’s now either laying off or hitting the ball to left field and keeping it more on a line so he’s giving himself a chance.”
Tito on Greg Allen’s 12-game hit streak: “He's been doing a much better job of staying on balls where earlier he was chasing balls down out of the zone.” pic.twitter.com/4LW6NZhzGJ
— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) August 19, 2018
When asked about his consistency over this stretch, Allen said the key for him is trying to make contact.
“Trying to put it in play the best I can,” he said. “Been fortunate the last few games to just find ways to impact the game. Find ways on base. Our guys do such a great job of making sure they capitalize when they have the chance. Any chance I have to help our team be in a position to win, I’m more than happy to do so.”