Ashby’s streak alive

Chris Ashby’s Atlantic League-record hitting streak is still alive.

A scoring decision on a ground ball to Somerset third baseman Brandon Larson was initially ruled a hit in Somerset’s 7-2 win Saturday night before being changed to an error. Well, Sunday, the play was changed again — back to an infield hit — giving Ashby a 1-for-4 night and extending his streak to 31 games.

Ashby has cooled off lately, managing only one hit in each of his last three games to keep the streak alive, but the Revolution first baseman is still hitting .413 for the month of August with one homer and seven RBIs. Ashby’s 31-game hitting streak broke the previous record of 27, which was held by Joe Jiannetti, Billy Hall and Victor Rodriguez.

The 33-year-old minor league veteran is hitting .368 overall with 13 home runs and 55 RBIs. He owns a narrow advantage over Newark’s Ramon Castro in the Atlantic League batting race. Castro is hitting .366.

Ashby has talked about the luck needed to keep a long hitting streak alive recently and while you certainly can’t call this incident luck, Ashby had the good fortune of having this call reversed in his favor.

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