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Astros' Magee makes it 12-for-1208/17/2011 1:35 AM ET
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com
Thirteen proved to be an unlucky number for Josh Magee.
The Astros prospect singled in his first three at-bats Tuesday to extend his streak to 12 consecutive hits as Rookie-level Greeneville dropped a 4-3 decision to the Pulaski Mariners.
Magee struck out in the seventh inning to end the run, but he also stole a base and scored a run.
"Not really, I was thankful with 12-for-12," Magee said about the strikeout. "I wanted another hit, but I was satisfied with 12-for-12."
The 2010 18th-round pick went 4-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's 7-4 triumph over Bristol and was 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles on Sunday in an 11-5 setback to the BriSox. Over his last 11 games, Magee is batting .452 (19-for-42) to raise his average 80 points to .268.
The streak put him in rare company. Walt Dropo and Pinky Higgins share the Major League record hits in 12 consecutive at-bats. After collecting his third hit of the game, his coaches retrieved the ball and told him he'd tied a record, Magee said.
"I've just been looking to stay through the middle and use my hands," Magee said. "I'm not trying to do too much, really."
The 19-year-old second baseman leads the team with 12 steals and ranks second with 22 runs scored. A year ago, Magee hit .227 with a homer, 18 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 46 games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He believes the lessons imparted by hitting coach Josh Bonifay have begun to take hold.
"I'm just not trying to do too much and stay with the plan at the plate that the hitting coach had been teaching us the whole year," Magee said. "[It's about] trying to get ahead in the count, not going after the first pitch, getting your pitch and hitting it."
Chan Moon plated a run with a triple and Jesse Wierzbicki singled home Magee in the first for Greeneville.
Dillon Hazlett led off the ninth with a walk-off blast off Zachary Dando (1-2) for the Mariners, who got a pair of doubles and two RBIs from Alfredo Morales.
Joshua Corrales (2-0) tossed a perfect inning for the win as Pulaski allowed just one hit over the final five frames.