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Smokies' Colvin goes on three-day tear08/02/2009 9:12 PM ET
By Mason Kelley / Special to MLB.com
Tyler Colvin just wanted to enjoy the ride.
Each time he stepped to the plate the past three days, he felt comfortable and pitchers on the Mobile BayBears and Carolina Mudcats couldn't find a way to get him out.
The 23-year-old outfielder tied a Southern League record by going a perfect 11-for-11 -- a streak that came to an end with a pair of line-drive outs -- to lead the Tennessee Smokies to three straight wins, including Sunday's 11-1 victory over Carolina.
"It is pretty amazing," Colvin admitted. "You go up there and you hit balls hard and you hope they fall. To do it 11 times and they all found holes, that's pretty fun."
Colvin tied Mississippi's Matt Young, who set the mark last season.
"I was just going up there relaxed," Colvin said. "I wasn't trying to do too much. It really paid off and from now on, hopefully, all my at-bats will feel like that."
The 13th overall pick of the 2006 Draft started the streak Friday with a second-inning single to center field. That sparked a 5-for-5 night in a 5-4 victory at Mobile. On Saturday, he fell a triple shy of the cycle, then started Sunday's matinee 3-for-3 before lining to right field in the fifth and first base in the eighth.
"Hopefully, I'll just keep having at-bats like this, just consistent, hard contact," the Clemson University product said. "My last two at-bats tonight I hit line drives right at people, so I can't be upset about that. As long as I stick with what I'm doing, if they don't all fall, it's fine with me. It's fun to have a ride like that."
Throughout the three-day run, he tried not to take himself too seriously.
"You just go with it," he said. "I'm joking around with my teammates in the dugout about it."
After each hit, his teammates would chime in, "Oh my God, you got another one."
He knew it was going to end at some point, and the hits that stand out are the ones that could have easily produced outs.
Over the weekend, Colvin homered twice, doubled, drove in six runs and scored five times. Through 53 Double-A games this season, he's hitting .286 with nine homers, seven doubles and 26 RBIs.
"I've been in the Southern League for a while and I feel like I'm going along the way I should," said Colvin, who has spent time with the Smokies during each of the last three seasons. "I'm starting to have more consistent at-bats and I'm starting to become a more mature hitter."
Colvin admitted he had no idea he was chasing history until after the game. A reporter asked him if he wanted to know the record and a teammate said, "No, no, no. Don't tell him."
But he found out and insisted he isn't disappointed about having to share the mark.
"To hear after the game, I don't think it would have helped anyway. My name will still be there," he said. "I'm very happy about it and it's sad to see it end, but at least I could get 11."
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