Utley's hitting streak ends

August 5th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: Utley's hitting streak ends

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chase Utley knew his hitting streak would end sooner or later. He just would have preferred later.

Utley went 0-for-5 Friday night in Philadelphia's 5-3 victory over the New York Mets, ending a 35-game hitting streak that tied him for 10th longest in major league history. Utley struck out twice and was robbed on his best chance for a hit when Mets second baseman Jose Valentin ranged to his right in the seventh inning, backhanded his grounder up the middle and threw him out. "As soon as I caught it, I knew I had to make a good throw," Valentin said. "He's fast. Sometimes something like that has to end. It's good to get on a run like that. But you need luck to keep it going." Utley had one more chance but he struck out leading off in the ninth inning. When he got to the dugout, his teammates congratulated him. "I got pats on the back," Utley said. "I really didn't want it to go extra innings. It was a good run."