Butler Did It
Last week Met centerfielder Brett Butler became the second player this year to get 15 hits in a span of four straight games. Giant infielder Mike Benjamin also accomplished the feat earlier this season as he and Butler each came up one hit short of the four-game record set by the Dodgers' Milt Stock in 1925. Butler's effort had a particular poignancy, however. His streak began with a three-hit day in Chicago on July 17, at a game attended by his mother, Betty, who is suffering from an advanced stage of brain cancer. She was also in the stands the next day as Brett had four hits against the Cubs. Butler had eight more hits in the next two games, but his torrid streak ended last Friday night in Colorado when he went 0 for 4 in a 12-1 Met victory, Oddly enough, every other Met starter except pitcher Pete Harnisch got at least two hits in New York's 18-hit assault that night.
Hooray! Pitcher Jim Deshaies is coming back to the big leagues—and with a National League team, no less. The Phillies were planning to recall him on Tuesday, so now he might be able to continue his efforts to get the first extra-base hit of his 11-year career. With his first plate appearance, Deshaies will very likely extend his own major league record of 372 at bats without an extra-base hit. And should the lefthanded-hitting pitcher get lucky and go for extra bases, it will probably happen on an opposite-field hit. "I can't pull the ball," he once said. "I've never hit the ball to the first baseman in the major leagues. I believe it might be impossible for me to get an extra-base hit."