ST. PETERSBURG -- Pirates rookie right fielder Gregory Polanco's franchise-best 11-game career-opening hit streak came to an end on Sunday, when he went 0-for-3. If he had hit safely in two more games, he would have tied the record of 13 games set by Minnesota's Glenn Williams.
Polanco did extend his streak of games reaching base safely to 12 with a walk in his final plate appearance Sunday. He is the fourth Pirate to reach base safely in his first 12 career games, joining Clyde Barnhart (1920), Dino Restelli (1949) and Gus Suhr (1930).
Williams, the record-holder, signed with the Atlanta Braves as a free agent out of Australia, then spent 10 years in the Minor Leagues before finally debuting with the Twins in 2005. He hit safely in 13 straight games to start his big league career, then dislocated his shoulder and never played another game in the Majors -- ending his career with the hit streak intact.
Williams was also on the 2004 Australian Olympic baseball team that won the silver medal, and he was hired to manage the Australian Baseball League's Sydney Blue Sox in their inaugural season.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less