File this one under Minor League Baseball oddities.
Held hitless through the first two innings of Friday night's 11-6 victory over Staten Island, Tri-City broke out in a big way in the third inning. Make that a modest but prolonged way.
Beginning with second baseman Jack Mayfield, each member of the ValleyCats came to the plate and singled, one after another, in an uninterrupted string.
"I don't think I've ever seen that before," said Tri-City skipper Ed Romero, who had a 12-year career in the Major Leagues and is in his 12th season as a Minor League manager.
Of the nine consecutive singles, five were ground balls and four were line drives. One -- by shortstop Chan Moon -- was an infield hit.
Not even a pitching change broke the chain. Yankees starter Conner Kendrick got the hook after eight straight hits, but Ronnie Mitchell greeted Sam Agnew-Wieland with a grounder through the left side.
The hit parade ended when Jack Mayfield hit into a fielder's choice, but he ended up reaching on an error by shortstop John Murphy. Two outs later, D'Andre Toney came through with his second hit of the inning, an RBI double.
By the time Ramsay grounded out to the the inning, the ValleyCats had sent 14 men to the plate, totaling nine runs on 10 hits.
"I'll take that any night, every night," Romero said.
Tri-City went on to post its third straight win and has a two-game lead over second-place Lowell in the New York-Penn League's Stedler Division. The ValleyCats rank second in the circuit with 39 homers and third with 519 hits.