SAN DIEGO -- A ninth-inning double to right-center field on Friday by Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs kept him from having a historically long hitless streak.
Until that hit, Stubbs was in a 0-for-32 stretch. That was the longest skid by a Reds position player since Willy Taveras was 0-for-32 in 2009. Dennis Menke in 1973 was the last Reds hitter to reach 0-for-33 and Bobby Adams in 1954 was the last non-pitcher from Cincinnati to reach 0-for-34.
"All the guys are pulling for him big time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You hate to see anybody struggle like that. He hit a bullet down to the third baseman earlier. We started seeing some positive signs and then he hit that ball to right-center. What a relief for him and for us too."
Stubbs, who was back in the second spot of the Reds lineup Saturday, came in batting .214 and 4-for-39 (.103) in 12 games since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.