Quakes outfielder Anderson Rosario was suffering through an epic skid when he started in right field for the Quakes on Wednesday.
Rosario was 0-for-30 on the season. No hits, more than a month into the season. Mike Saeger, broadcaster of the 66ers, predicted that Rosario would get a hit when he saw the lineup on Wednesday.
He hit a clean line drive single to left in his first at bat, for hit No. 1. Teammates got the ball, several of them signed it, and wrote something in Spanish, apparently commemorating the occasion of his first hit. A single hit isn’t usually reason to celebrate, but when you’ve gone 0-for-30, it certainly is.
They built a little shrine for the ball with tape and cardboard and mounted the ball on top of the railing in front of the Quakes’ dugout at the Epicenter. It was still there long after the game, but was gone Thursday.
After getting the hit, Rosario struck out in his other two at bats Wednesday. He went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Thursday and has now struck out 18 times in 36 at bats.
Rosario will apparently be playing more since the Quakes have only four outfielders after Drew Toussaint was promoted to Double-A Arkansas because of an injury.
He strikes out a lot, and he’s got five consecutive strikeouts heading into Friday’s game at High Desert. The league record is 10.