Okay, I'm not going to go on and on about how ridiculously awesome it is that it once again took Ryan Zimmerman only one inning to nail a 1-1 pitch from San Francisco Giants righty Matt Cain for a single to center Tuesday night. Alright, maybe I'll go on a little. This, of course, extends his hitting streak to 30 games.
The only other third baseman to be this consecutively badass was the infamous Pete Rose, who hit safely in 44 straight games, back in 1978. And actually, that doesn't even count, cause Rose played two games in left field during that span.
Zim has officially matched the most recent 30-game hitting streaks since 2000, by Albert Pujols, Willy Taveras, and Moises Alou in 2003, 2006 and 2007, respectively. Way to go, buddy!
Update: Senator Crushingham is currently 2-for-2 with a .372 batting average after another single to center in the fourth. Aaron Rowand may or may not get the hint eventually.
Update #2: Zimmerman ended up going 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Nats' 9-7 loss to the Giants. He'll get a shot at consecutive game #31 when his team faces Barry Zito (1-2, 3.57 ERA) at 3:45 ET this afternoon. Zim is a career 2-for-8 with a triple and a walk vs. the veteran lefty.