SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval extended his franchise-record, season-opening hitting streak to 20 games with a third-inning single Friday night off San Diego left-hander Cory Luebke.
Sandoval, who owns the Major Leagues' longest active hitting streak this season, crept two games shy of the personal-best 22-game streak he sustained last June 19-July 30. The AT&T Park crowd saluted Sandoval with a brief but warm ovation after he pulled his sharp line drive to left field.
Pablo Sandoval's 20-game hitting streak to start the season now ranks in the top 10 of season-opening streaks.
1. George Sisler
2. Ron LeFlore
3. Sam Rice
4. Gee Walker
5. Charlie Grimm
6. Edgar Renteria
7. Joe Torre
T8. Steve Garvey
T8. Harry Heilmann
T10. Eddie Bressoud
T10. Pablo Sandoval
Sandoval characteristically refused to get carried away with his latest achievement.
"Tomorrow's another day," he said after the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Padres.
Sandoval pulled into a tie for seventh place on the San Francisco-era list of hitting streaks. Jack Clark established the franchise record of 26 in 1978, which broke Willie McCovey's mark of 24 in 1963.
Sandoval and McCovey (1959) share third place with 22-game streaks, followed by Robby Thompson (1993) and Buster Posey (2010) at 21 games. Willie Mays (1960) and Randy Winn (2007) also compiled 20-game hitting streaks.
Sandoval also became the seventh player in the modern era to open a season with a hitting streak of 20 games or more. The others were George Sisler (34 in 1925), Ron LeFlore (30 in 1976), Edgar Renteria (23 in 2006), Joe Torre (22 in 1971), Steve Garvey (21 in 1978) and Eddie Bressoud (20 in 1964).